Friday 10 September 2010

Combating Eyjafjallajokull!

Advanced visual inspection equipment hired from Ashtead Technology has helped an aviation engineering company to undertake vital aircraft examinations in the wake of the Icelandic volcanic ash eruption.

The Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted earlier this year, throwing huge amounts of ash into the air and causing thousands of flights to be delayed or cancelled across Europe due to fears that ash could turn into molten glass within a hot jet engine and pose a serious threat to aircraft safety.

Avalon Aero, based at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent, contacted Ashtead Technology to hire an advanced videoscope for the inspection of aircraft engines after they had flown into the ‘red zone’; an area in which ash might be encountered, but was deemed safe to fly by the British Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

Martin Darling, Avalon Aero’s Technical Director, explained: “Ashtead Technology’s engineers recommended the IPLEX Videoscope and the device proved extremely useful, providing a quick and easy visual access to the internal components of aircraft engines. Our investigations did not find any ash within the engines and this evidence was of course extremely valuable to our clients.” “We found Ashtead Technology extremely helpful to deal with and they were able to supply the most suitable instrumentation for our needs.”

The Olympus IPLEX provides fast, efficient inspection and maintenance of power-generating facilities, plant and building piping systems, as well as aircraft engines. In addition to a rugged chassis and impact-resistant case, the IPLEX is an all-in-one system that features a detachable, high-resolution colour LCD monitor, a handheld remote control, and a built-in winding drum for the flexible insertion tube.

Users can also enjoy seamless electronic zoom, split-screen display of stored and live images, and removable memory card recording of still and moving images and sound annotation.

Alan Hasson, General Manager at Ashtead Technology, added: “This project highlights the importance of fast access to the latest technology and clearly demonstrates the benefits of instrument rental.”

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