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SOFIC (The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 2014 was a home-run as far as trade shows are concerned. This was RF System Lab’s first opportunity to show the VJ-Advance video borescope specifically to the Special Operations Community, and with over 9,000 attendees, we chose a great show.

SOFIC took place in Tampa, FL on May 20-22 at the Tampa Convention Center and promised to “provide a forum for military, government, academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss current and future challenges and how to best support our Special Operations Forces around the globe.” With attendees from all over the world, all of whom met the description above, this was a promise well-delivered.

Joel Riling, RF System Lab’s VP of Government Programs, had a chance to connect with representatives from foreign programs in Poland, Israel, UAE, Cambodia, France, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, UK, Korea and many others. All of these programs showed a great interest in the fully articulating VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV), which also received interest from multiple SOCOM units and personnel. Riling stated that being able to network with as well as provide demos of the VJ-ADV to a variety of military professionals was phenomenal.

RF System Lab will be signing up for SOFIC 2015 as soon as possible, and we hope to see you there! If you were unable to test drive the VJ-Advance video borescope at SOFIC 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 (231) 943-1171 or visit or website www.rfsystemlab.us.

We have quite a few exciting announcements coming in 2014, but the first of those is that we are very excited to announce that we have a few new staff members here at RF System Lab in Traverse City, Michigan. The first of those new staff members that we would like to introduce you to is J St. John, who recently joined the team as a VJ-Advance video borescope sales consultant.

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J St. John presents the VJ-Advance video borescope at MOGA 2014.

J St. John joined RF System Lab as a Sales Consultant in April of 2014. Through phone consultations and at trade shows, J works with clients to find cost effective solutions to their remote visual inspection challenges. J also serves as Team Leader for RF’s Customer Satisfaction program, supporting long-term, post-sale customer service. J is a “gear-head” who can serve clients in any industry, but he has a special interest in aviation and land-based turbines, down-hole drilling motors and complex castings. Since graduating from Michigan State University with a BA in Marketing, J has worked primarily in automotive, energy, and aviation education. In his spare time, he enjoys SCCA racing, playing music and spending time with his young family.

We sat down with J and asked him a few questions so that you could get to know him a bit better:

 Q1: What are you looking forward to about working at RF System Lab

A1: After spending 10 years in education, it is nice to be back in industry, solving real world problems that impact people’s lives.  The chance to help our clients save time, money, and in some cases, lives is an opportunity I had to jump at!


Q2: What is your favorite place to eat in Northern Michigan?

A2: A Big D from Don’s Drive In may be the best burger on the planet.  The only thing that can touch it is BBQ in my backyard.


Q3: Are you a sports fan? What’s your favorite team?

A3: I am a shameless sports fan.  My Detroit Tigers look solid this year, and I cheer for all things Michigan State.  GO GREEN!


Q4: What is your favorite VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope feature?

A4: My favorite VJ-ADV feature is the instruction manual.  What makes it truly great is that I have not had to read it yet.  It never ceases to amaze me how many people pick up the VJ-ADV and go to work.  Its intuitive design allows for a VERY short learning curve.  Dealing with industries that are often penalized for downtime, this feature makes the VJ-ADV stand out.  Additionally, the fact that it uses off the shelf AA batteries makes it portable and convenient.


Q5: What is one place that you hope to visit while traveling for industry trade shows?

A5: I would like to go to Texas in the future.  I have lived there before and still have friends in the area.  Plus, nobody does chicken fried steak like Texas!


J has already represented RF System Lab at various industry trade shows and is doing an excellent job of spreading awareness of the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes. If you catch J at a trade show, make sure to chat with him about the VJ-ADV capabilities – he’s only been with us for a short time, but he’s already a pro!

If you’re interested in chatting with J or one of our other sales consultants about the VJ-ADV, give us a call at 888-747-6526!


The VJ-Advance (VJ-ADV) video borescope is making a trip to Canada. More specifically, the VJ-ADV family of borescopes is headed to the American Helicopter Society International 70th Annual Forum and Technology Display (AHS Forum 70) in Montreal, Quebec. The conference, which promises to be “the biggest and best vertical flight technology conference in the world,” is taking place at the impressive Palais des congres de Montreal on May 20-22, 2014.

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The AHS Logo

The AHS Forum 70 offers a variety of ways for attendees to expand their rotorcraft knowledge. Technical sessions on topics such as Aerodynamics and Operations,  a keynote address from Brigadier-General Christian Drouin, Deputy Commander Force Generation of the Royal Canadian Air Force, a Vertical Flight Foundation Cocktail Reception and Awards Banquet, and an MAV student competition are only a few of the events offered at the conference.

Edward Thomas, RF System Lab borescope expert, has his passport ready and is looking forward to providing demos of the VJ-ADV at the AHS Forum 70 for helicopter professionals. He is excited to show attendees how the VJ-ADV’s portable design is ideal for rotor-wing inspections.

Since helicopter turbine engines are located near the rotor blades, in order to perform any sort of maintenance on them, professionals usually have to climb up scaffolding or a ladder; this is where the features of the VJ-ADV are extremely beneficial. With its compact, portable, pistol-grip design and on demand power (the VJ-ADV video borescope simply requires AA batteries – no need to wait for it to charge or make sure there is an electrical outlet nearby), helicopter turbine inspections are completed with ease. Some satisfied rotorcraft customers include Boeing, Eurocopter of Canada as well as Turbomeca Engines – both leaders in helicopter engine maintenance.

You can demo the scope for yourself and meet Edward Thomas at the RF System Lab booth #327 starting on Tuesday, May 20th at 11:00am for a chance to demo the groundbreaking VJ-ADV.

You can view the 2014 AHS Forum 70 website here.

See the VJ-Advance in the Palais des congres de Montreal these dates and times:

Opening Time: Exhibits open 11:00am on Tuesday, May 20th.
Conference Dates: May 20-22, 2014
Venue: Palais des congres de Montreal

Booth: #327

We look forward to seeing you there! 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 (888) 747-6526

Aviation Week put on the MRO Americas on April 3rd-5th at the Dallas Convention Center.  MRO stands for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul.  MRO America is a top level conference and exhibition that goes well beyond the fundamentals of aviation to provide the attendees with skills, techniques and tools that will increase their chances for continued success.

The release of the VJ-Advance 3.9mm joystick controlled 4-way articulating video borescope has proven to be an incredible scope for the aviation industry.  The compact light weight design makes it a perfect choice for field service technicians.   The intuitive menu functions and easy to use articulation allows the VJ-ADV to be used by multiple technicians at the same facility.

The inspection applications are almost unlimited; castings, forms, turbines, airframes, fuel lines, landing gear and all intricate manufactured parts being supplied requiring the highest level of quality assurance.

Although we weren’t able to book a booth in time for the 2012 MRO, RF System lab wanted to continue to establish our presence in the aviation inspection industry.  I walked the show for 2-straight days introducing my scope to key companies such as Exotic Metal Forming Company who has recently purchased one of our VJ-ADV 3.9mm 1.5meter units for manufacturing quality inspections.  We are happy to announce that we have secured a great booth for the 2013 MRO Conference and Expo being held in Atlanta Georgia.  We look forward to seeing you at the show! For more information on the 4mm or 6.9 (6mm) borescope you can to go to our website.

The AWEA Wind Power tradeshow in Atlanta Georgia was overwhelming due to the vast number of exhibitors and attendees.  RF System lab was proud to become a member of AWEA (American Wind Energy Association) and participate at the Expo.  We decided to attend after having recent success in the Wind Turbine industry.

The release of the VJ-ADV 3.9mm 1.5meter and VJ-ADV 3.9mm 3.0meter 4-way joystick controlled articulating video borescopes has kicked the door wide open for us in the wind turbine inspection service industry.  The manual direct drive articulation of the VJ-Advance and light weight portable, ergonomic pistol grip design makes this a perfect choice for Gearbox and Generator inspections.

RF System Lab and the VJ-Advance line of video borescopes have become known as the Top performing low cost alternative to the Olympus and GE (Everest) lines of borescopes.  Our unique articulation design eliminates the delay or lag time associated with when you move the joystick to when the head of the scope actually articulates.  This gives feedback on the whether the head of the scope is restricted or is free to be articulated.  This user friendly feature is very handy when getting in and out of the bearings to inspect the race.

Everyone at the tradeshow was impressed with our No Cost, No Obligation demo trial program that allows me to directly ship a scope to the interested potential customer so he can test and evaluate it in the type of equipment they most often inspect.  If you have some EOW (end of warranty) inspections coming up, that is a great opportunity to take advantage of our demo program.