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 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...]
While not general aviation, this video shows in moving pictures a near collision as a result of a runway incursion.
A Ford V-8 400-horsepower Zenith CH801 is not all that common. Want to see, and hear one? Hop over to BackcountryPilot.org to read Zane Jacobson’s great write up and watch smartly edited video.
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.
Could it be true? Is the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol really making changes to its intercept policy? A story by National Public Radio sure seems to indicate changes are in process. Give the story a listen.
This year, Alaska shook off the winter in style. The Alaska Airmen’s Association held its 17th Great Alaska Aviation Gathering at the massive FedEx Maintenance Hangar at Anchorage International Airport on May 3-4. The clear blue skies and light breezes delivered thousands to the airport for the show.