AFRL demonstrates new augmented reality capability to improve DAF nondestructive inspections
A senior Airman from the U.S. Air Force’s 19th Maintenance Group tests the Augmented Reality for Nondestructive Evaluation, or ARNE, system using a bolt hole eddy current, or BHEC, inspection review module at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, in December 2022. BHEC inspection is used for safety critical structural applications when other methods do not meet capability requirements, said Dr. Eric Lindgren, nondestructive technology lead, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate. As the procedure requires removal of fasteners, it is the method of “last resort” to address safety critical applications, and as such is not frequently performed by many U.S. Air Force NDI technicians. ARNE provides airmen the opportunity to review BHEC inspection procedures virtually to increase confidence. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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