Engineering Department Receives Donation from Local Society

The Borescope’s live video feed is projected to show groups inside an engine.

Students and staff have gratefully received a ‘Snap-On Borescope’, used for probing the insides of machinery via video, from members of The Farnborough Society.

A presentation of the new equipment at our Aerospace & Automotive Academy also gave members of the Society an opportunity to view the college facilities and talk to teaching staff.

The Society’s donation was in memory of founder member David Lockspeiser, who passed away in May 2014. Mr Lockspeiser was a leading test pilot and flew more than 7,000 hours in 100 different aircraft. His engineering skills led him to design and build the ‘Lockspeiser LDA-01’ aircraft, while his hobby of motor racing took him to rallies across Europe and the UK.

The handheld device wirelessly transmits video to a portable screen.

Mr Lockspeiser’s career and interests made Farnborough College of Technology a natural recipient for the Society.

Barbara Hurst, Secretary of The Farnborough Society said:
“David was passionate about Farnborough. I think he would have been very pleased that our donation would help local young people to find careers in the two areas he loved: aviation and motorsport.”

Julie Milburn, Head of School said:
“I am absolutely delighted to accept such a generous donation in memory of David. The borescope will be an excellent asset for the School of Engineering, and I expect it will be in high demand from both our automotive and aeronautical engineers on a daily basis.”

Members of the Society explore the engineering facilities.

The Borescope will be used by our engineering students to inspect the insides of engines and other mechanical components that would otherwise require dismantling. The industry-standard equipment also allows images and video to be recorded or projected live onto a large screen, enabling teaching staff to show students how to diagnose and correct mechanical faults in great detail.

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