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

Avalon Aero contacted Ashtead 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 Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre.

‘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,’ said Martin Darling, Avalon Aero’s technical director.

The Olympus Iplex provides fast, efficient inspection and maintenance of power-generating facilities, plant and building piping systems, and 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.

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