Droneport: FAA Approves Test of Drone Power Line Exams

Droneport is reporting the “FAA has approved San Diego Gas & Electric’s test program for the examination of rural power transmission lines with drone-mounted HD cameras.” SDGE will fly sub-one-pound quadcotpers in “four rural test sites 70 miles east of San Diego in the McCain, Valley. The drones replace manned helicopter inspections that cost nearly as much per flight hour as the drone system’s total cost.”

Pacific Coast Avionics is a Garmin top ten dealer 18 years in a row

Wayne McGhee (left), Garmin Western US Regional Sales Manager, with Dewey Conroy, Pacific Coast Avionics Vice President and General Manager

Pacific Coast Avionics has been recognized as a Garmin Elite Platinum Dealer for 2013. Wayne McGhee, Garmin Western Regional Sales Manager presented Dewey Conroy, Vice President and General Manager of Pacific Coast Avionics on July 10. “Our Company has held the status of a Top Ten Elite Garmin Dealer every year since 1997 and we are pleased to continue that designation for calendar year 2013,” said Conroy. “This is a particularly prestigious designation since there are over 800 Garmin dealers worldwide.” [Read more...]

V(max) Coffee fuels GA

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Pilots drink a fair amount of coffee. Taxi up to an FBO and chances are high there is a some sort of coffee available. Quality and taste is debatable. V(max) Coffee seeks to change that.

The new coffee company debuted at this year’s Northwest Aviation Conference in Washington state, with the stated mission of from farm to cup at “maximum possible speed,” says James Cummiskey, managing director.

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