Olympus NDT (Waltham, Mass.) has introduced the GLIDER, the latest generation of its manual, 2-axis encoding scanner, designed primarily for use in the inspection of composite and aluminum aircraft parts, such as fuselages. Compatible with phased array or conventional ultrasonic probes as well as conventional eddy current and eddy current array probes, the scanner’s axes have free-running, incremental or lock modes. Its standard, pivot-equipped suction-cup pods enable contour-following on curved surfaces. Optional magnetic mounting pods extend the use of the scanner to corrosion-mapping applications that involve ferromagnetic materials. An aluminum frame and removable index arm reportedly permit easy transport/reassembly for use on multiple parts. Available in three sizes, providing scan areas of 46 cm, 61 cm or 91 cm square (18.1 inches, 24 inches or 35.8 inches square).