BK6000 Digital Borescope from Snap-on Industrial Approved By FAA for Inspection/Repairs to Piston-Engine Aircraft

Kenosha, Wis., August 19, 2011 – The BK6000 Video/Still Recording Digital Borescope from Snap-on Industrial has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) for inspection on aircraft manufactured by Commander Aircraft Corporation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Rockwell International (models 112, 112B, 112TC, 112TCA, 114, 114A, 114B and 114TC).

The airworthiness directive on the above listed aircraft recommends technicians use the BK6000 to inspect for cracks in the elevator. Specifically, the airworthiness directive was prompted by reports of a total of nine elevator spar cracks across seven of the affected airplanes, including a crack of 2.35 inches just below the outboard hinge of the right-hand elevator. Using the BK6000 will help identify potential cracks and prevent structural failure of the elevator spar, which could result in separation of the elevator from the airplane with consequent loss of control. The recommended inspection and repair process outlined in Airworthiness Directive 2011-07-13 can be downloaded at: rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAD.nsf/0/764d0db4b0a9f6b0862578680045c012/$FILE/2011-07-13.pdf

The BK6000, which records and plays back still images and video clips on a 3.5 inch screen, can be used in a variety of aerospace applications, including single- and dual-piston aircraft, business and commercial jets, and ground equipment. Beyond aerospace, it can be used in servicing engine, A/C, under dash, suspension and transmission.

• Capturing still images at 740 x 480 resolution

• 2x digital zoom

• 8.5mm diameter imager head fits into tight places

• High intensity LEDs direct light where it’s needed

• Mini-USB connector for uploading images and video to a computer

• Video-out port for direct analog video out

• Audio input jack for recording comments with an additional microphone

• Rubber over-mold on all contact/gripping areas for added ergonomics and durability

• Stand and hanger to allow user to station device

• Removable, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack

• 120 volt AC plug in

• Two-year warranty

• Complies with Safety and Standards associations (FCC, CE, WE EE, COC, PSE and MET)

For more information about the BK6000 Video/Still Recording Digital Borescope from Snap-on Industrial, call Scott Steward, segment support manager - aerospace/aviation, Snap-on Industrial, 561-212-6404, or email scott.b.steward@snapon.com. For general Snap-on Industrial inquires call 877.740.1900, or email order@snapon.com.

About Snap-on Industrial

Snap-on Industrial is a division of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics, equipment, software and service solutions for professional users. Products and services include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industry, government, agriculture, aviation and natural resources. Products and services are sold through the company’s franchisee, company-direct, distribution and Web-based channels. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.6 billion, S&P 500 Company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.