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RF System Lab is counting down the days until the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, taking place at the 2015 MRO Americas: April 14-16, 2015 in Miami, FL. We’re proud to be a sponsor of the event, but what we’re looking forward to the most is giving away a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the school category.

We reached out to the schools competing with a goal of getting to know more about their schools, the members of their team, and what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We were extremely impressed with their replies, and wanted to showcase a few of the schools competing on the RF System Lab blog.

The first of these schools is South Seattle College, a school that has two teams competing in this year’s AMC. Below are answers from both teams, Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) Team 1 and AWAM Team 2. These teams are made up of the following individuals: Maxim Zuev, Michael Clyde, Agnes Choung, Renae Muniz, Kevin Barrett, ‘Troy’ (Yeshi) Qui, Brian Louderback, Cedric EBROTTIE, Mark Brutke, Michael Cooke, Anthony Clark, Miles Craw. Elise R. Levi, Secretary of AWAM Chapter 19 and A&P Student at South Seattle College, was our contact at the school and was kind enough to interview students competing for us.

We selected a few answers to each of the questions asked to share below:

Question 1 (Q1) : How many years have you been competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition?

Answer 1 (A1): “This will be the first year I will be competing in the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, and the second in our school’s history. We are always looking for more opportunities to gain experience and test our knowledge outside of the school environment. Through training for this competition we have been introduced to various aviation maintenance related products used in the field that we would have otherwise not been able to test, putting us a step closer to working out in the field.” –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’This is my first year competing in the aerospace maintenance competition. I decided to compete because I knew this would be an amazing opportunity for me to make friends among aviation enthusiasts and show what My Team and South Seattle College AMT program are made of.’’- Tony Clark

A3:  ‘’I competed last year, this year I’m a student coach/project manager.’’ –Jennifer Lasher


Q2: If you have attended previously, did you have any memorable experiences?

A1:  ‘’Yes, last year it was very exciting to come together with so many other professionals and students and to get an idea what the future holds for me.’’ –Jennifer Lesher


Q3: If you have not previously attended, what made you decide to participate in this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’Having the opportunity to get more hand-on on Aviation stuff, and enlarging my professional network for my future career in aviation.’’- Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’The supplementary training and opportunity to learn aspects of aviation maintenance that I have not yet covered in school sounded like a good opportunity to further my education.’’ –Michael Clyde


Q4: Which skill-based challenges are you looking forward to the most at this year’s competition?

A1: ‘’JT8-15 Pressure Ratio Bleed Control.’’ – Brian

A2: ‘’The events are mostly in my areas of interest but I look forward most to showing how hard my team and I have worked to perfect our skills at safety wire, power distribution troubleshoot, Charles Taylor exam, and weight and balance.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “Im looking forward in building a strong and well controlled skill set under a pressurized environment such as being timed and evaluated by a team of judges. I can also relate this to license testing. “ –Maxim Zuev


Q5: Tell us a bit about your school’s aviation and aerospace maintenance program.

A1: ‘’For being almost at the end of my program, the strength of the school is the instructors.  Having five different instructors throughout my program, their specific backgrounds in Aviation helps me have a wider view in the aviation field.   From the military to commercial and from general aviation to the cargo company.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

A2: ‘’Our school and instructors do an excellent job with limited resources to provide us with everything we need to succeed as aircraft mechanics, except our own enthusiasm and drive.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: “It is Two-year program which has a long history.  We even have a hanger at Boeing field to keep airplanes.  Our instructors have varied backgrounds, which helps us understand the fields of aviation.’’    -Agnes Choung


Q6: RF System Lab is donating a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning team in the school division. How would winning the VJ-ADV assist your program?

A1: The VJ-Advance video borescope would be a vast improvement over the borescopes our school has currently. We have used these devices to inspect compressor blades in turbojet engines for damage, but their effectiveness has been limited because honestly aren’t very good. With a better, professional-quality borescope, I’m sure we would find many more uses for it.’’ –Mark Brutke

A2: ‘’Thank you RF System Lab for donating the VJ-Advance borescope for the school division winner of the AMC. If my team from South Seattle College wins our division that boroscope will be amazing for our powerplant class this coming year.’’ –Tony Clark

A3: ‘’It would be very helpful because we need one with a small head that can go into a J52.’’ –Brian

A4: ‘’Winning the borescope would be most excellent, as our school’s current borescope situation is less than desirable.’’ –Michael Clyde


Last but not least… final remarks: 

‘’Thank you to everyone else from South Seattle College, our families and community (including but not limited to Alaska Airlines and Boeing) who have made it possible for us to compete this year and helped us to hone our training. ‘’ -Tony Clark

‘’I’m looking forward to experiencing and learning new stuff in at the AMC competition, and especially to WIN.’’ – Cedric EBROTTIE

RF System Lab would like to thank South Seattle College for taking the time to let us learn a bit more about their school and AMC goals. We wish them good luck and are looking forward to meeting them at this year’s AMC!

The 2015 MRO Americas, taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, FL on April 14-16, will host the Annual Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC).  AMC is a skill-based competition where teams of certified Aircraft Maintenance Technicians, Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, international and domestic Armed Forces personnel involved in aircraft/spacecraft maintenance, and students enrolled in either FAA, EASA, CASA, or equivalently authorized schools will compete to show off their aerospace maintenance skills.

Teams of five are divided into competition categories of Commercial Aviation, General Aviation, Space, School, Military, and MRO/OEM. They then compete in a timed competition against other teams in their category by testing their knowledge and skills in 16 scheduled events that highlight the principles of the AMT and AME craft and profession.

RF System Lab is proud to be a sponsor of AMC 2015. In addition to their sponsorship, we are donating a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope to the winning team in the School category. Out of the 42 teams competing in this year’s AMC, five of those teams are made up of students working to obtain certification through aviation schools.

We are excited to be able to provide the winning students an opportunity to enhance their studies with the VJ-Advance. At RF System Lab, we understand the importance of hands-on learning and experience with tools regularly used in the aviation maintenance industry; which is why the video borescope company is thrilled to be able to provide the winning school with a VJ-Advance articulating video borescope.

Borescope expert Zack Wessels will be onsite at the competition to provide information about the VJ-Advance to interested parties. We will also have VJ-Advance video borescope demos available at booth #2943 in the MRO Americas Exhibit Hall.

More information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition can be found at the event website. More information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance video borescope can be found at www.rfsystemlab.us or by calling 855-787-3091.

We at RF System Lab have exciting news to share! We are proud and extremely excited to announce that we will be sponsoring the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, occurring during MRO Americas 2015. The competition and conference take place April 14-16 in Miami, FL.

In addition to sponsoring this skill-based maintenance competition, we will be giving away a VJ-Advance video borescope to the winning college team! We are proud to be a part of such an important event and to be able to provide the winning school with an inspection camera that will greatly assist with their aviation maintenance training.

We will be providing much more information about the Aerospace Maintenance Competition, but in the meantime, enjoy this short video about our involvement and the video borescope being donated!

RF System Lab’s second year exhibiting at MRO Americas was quite the success. The 2014 MRO Americas mega-show took place April 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona and provided the chance to network with over 750 solutions providers.

Casey O’Tool, RF System Lab sales consultant, had a great time connecting with professionals in the power plant, air frame, auxiliary power unit (APU) and aerospace manufacturing industries. In fact, the RF System Lab exhibit was set up next to ALCO’s. ALCO, a Merex company, provides APU overhauls and O’Tool was fortunate enough to be able to meet ALCO president, Robert Cantu.

APU maintenance is an excellent fit for the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope. The VJ-ADV allows APU maintenance professionals to inspect their APU turbines without having to cause any damage to the unit. With the 360 degree articulation, maintenance teams are able to easily do a full-survey of their units. The crisp, clear image and video capture options on the VJ-ADV provide them with concise and accurate recordings of any damage or corrosion. In addition to APU inspections, attendees were very interested in utilizing the VJ-ADV on drop engines such as Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney.


Kalitta Air Exhibit at MRO Americas

O’Tool also got the chance to catch up with past and current customers. O’Tool stated: “It’s rare to attend a show where I don’t get to reconnect with a past customer. It’s nice to see faces and brands that I have worked with in the past and see how they’re doing and how we can assist them in the future.”

One of those current customers was Kalitta Air, who had an impressive exhibit set up at MRO Americas. O’Tool also met up with Hallmark College Aeronautical School, who were interested in utilizing the scope at their aviation and aeronautical unit. Their president spent some time testing the VJ-ADV at MRO Americas and has since then ordered a free video borescope demo trial.

MRO Americas 2014 provided a variety of opportunities for both new and old customers to test the VJ-ADV for themselves. If you were unable to test drive the VJ-Advance video borescope at MRO Americas 2014, we would like to offer you a free trial. To make the decision process easy, we offer the industry’s only no-cost, no-obligation demo program so you can evaluate the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes in your facility doing your inspections, before you decide to buy.

For more information about RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope call us at (888) 747-6526 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.

MRO Americas is a show that RF System Lab has enjoyed attending for the past three years. The 2014 show, coming up April 8-10 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, will be the second year in a row that RF System Lab’s flagship product, the VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope, will have been exhibited at this mega-show.

MRO Americas 2014 provides a variety of compelling reasons to attend or exhibit at the show. The event website provides “Top 5 Reasons to Attend”. These include a keynote delivered by Peggy Gilligan of the FAA, the chance to network with over 750 Solution Providers, Additive Manufacturing – a thought-provoking session described as “helping to create stronger, lighter, cheaper and more environmentally responsible aerospace parts,” and the opportunity to grow professionally with industry specific tracks. Also, make sure not to miss a panel of top airline experts who will discuss what they desire from fixed wing service and equipment providers.

MRO Americas 2013 Casey O'Tool

Casey O’Tool using the VJ-Advance to inspect a CFM 56 High Bypass Turbofan Aviation Turbine, commonly found on Boeing 737 airplane at last year’s MRO Americas show.

Sales Consultant, Casey O’Tool, will be representing RF System Lab at MRO Americas for the second year. When asked about attending this year’s show, O’Tool commented: “I was given the opportunity to attend the show two years ago, which is when I knew that this was a show where RF System Lab should exhibit. After getting a chance to do so last year, I can confidently say that I cannot wait to be back as RF System Lab’s on-site representative and VJ-Advance video borescope expert at this year’s show. It’s an impressive event that gives us the opportunity to network and provide demonstrations for a large audience who have much interest in our product.”

MRO Americas, a show that focuses on the aviation maintenance industry, is a perfect fit for the VJ-Advance video borescope. With four-way articulation and an easy to use joystick control, the VJ-Advance video borescope allows fixed wing mechanics and inspectors to have an incredibly easy task when performing remote visual inspections of aircraft engines. The clarity and size of the LCD display provide a sharp, clear picture throughout the entire inspection process. The ability to do still image captures and videos makes further examination, documentation, and assessments stress-free.

Remote visual inspection (RVI) anywhere within an aircraft maintenance facility, or on a flight line, is not a problem with the VJ-Advance video borescope because it is battery powered, completely portable, and lightweight.  You can visit booth #2935 at the Phoenix Convention Center starting on April 8th at 1:00pm and have Casey O’Tool provide expert information about the VJ-Advance video borescope; try it out on-site and experience the ease of use yourself.

To learn more about MRO Americas, view their event information here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Phoenix Convention Center during these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 1:00pm on April 8th, 2014
Conference Dates: April 8-10, 2014
Venue: Phoenix Convention Center

Booth: #2935

If you are unable to attend the conference don’t forget, you can still checkout the VJ-ADV articulating video borescopes on the RF System Lab website! For more information, call us toll free at (231) 943-1171