Now it's gone beyond a plan.
Pensacola-based Gulf Power has started using drones for inspections. Some line workers are being trained as drone pilots to get pictures or video of structures that are difficult to see, according to a story in the Santa Rosa Press Gazette.
Gulf Power's parent company, the Southern Company, started investigating drones for power line work in 2015. Gulf Power spokeswoman Kimberly Blair said the company started using the drones this year. Recently they were used to inspect the new lines that are part of the Gulf Coast Solar Center projects at Naval Air Stations Whiting Field and Pensacola, Saufley and Holley Outlying Fields and Eglin Air Force Base.
The 95th Fighter Squadron of Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., achieved a major milestone June 26 by flying its 10,000th F-22 Raptor sortie. Since its first Raptor flight Jan. 21, 2014, the 95th FS deployed to Europe in August 2015 and later saw combat action over the skies of Iraq and Syria. Tyndall has the largest contingent of F-22 Raptors in the world. (Post)
-- Instructor pilots will resume flying the T-45C with the on-board oxygen generator system in early July, with students resuming flight training later in the month. That’s the word from air boss Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, who visited bases in Kingsville, Texas, Meridian Miss., and Pensacola, Fla., during the week with the news as well as to introduce the new Chief of Naval Air Training, Rear Adm. James Bynum. Bynum assumed command of CNATRA June 23. (Post)
-- Training Squadron THREE at Naval Air Station Whiting Field was recently recognized as the top primary training squadron in the Navy for fiscal year 2016. The Chief of Naval Air Training announced the winners of the Cdr. Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Awards, which recognize a unit’s ability to produce the right number of pilots, on schedule, and within the approved syllabus time. VT-3, which uses the T-6B Texan II, trains aviators and pilots for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and several allied nations. (Post)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, was awarded a $257.8 million modification to a previously awarded F-35 advance acquisition contract. This modification provides the procurement of 129 alternate mission equipment for the Air Force (54); Navy and Marine Corps (11); foreign military sales (FMS); and international partners (39); 468 pilot flight equipment for the Air Force (203); Navy and Marine Corps (131); and FMS and international partners (134); and 94 red gear for the Air Force (44); Navy and Marine Corps (11); FMS; and international partners (39), to support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter production.
Work will be performed in Inglewood, Calif. (60 percent); White Plains, N.Y. (25 percent); St. Petersburg, Fla. (5 percent); Orlando, Fla. (5 percent); and Fort Worth, Texas (5 percent), and is expected to be completed in June 2020. This order combines purchases for the Air Force (47.7 percent); Marine Corps (15.6 percent); Navy (4.0 percent); international partners (23.4 percent); and FMS customers (9.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program.
Lockheed Martin Corp. also was awarded $22.8 million modification to a previously awarded contract for interim contractor support for the Navy and Marine Corps in support of F-35. Support to be provided includes capabilities and services associated with Autonomic Logistics Information System maintenance, system administration, database administration, networks administration and operational mission software administration.
Work is expected to be completed in December 2017. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity for both contracts.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Linthicum, Md., was awarded $10.5 million for a job order under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement. The requirement is for spare parts to be used to repair the AN/ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures system at intermediate-level repair sites. The AN/ALQ-240 provides rapid detection, classification and geographical location of ground-based radar systems to provide situational awareness to the P-8A aircraft. Work will be performed a a variety of locations, including Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and is expected to be completed by October 2020. The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, Crane, Ind., is the contracting activity. … SA Technical Services Inc., Niceville, Fla., Advanced Concepts Enterprises Inc., Shalimar, Fla., and Streamline Defense LLC, Tampa, Fla., have each been awarded a combined $12 million modification to a previous contract for Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) V services. Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Hurlburt Field, Fla., is the contracting activity. … Sauer Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded a $10.9 million contract for construction of a Joint Reserve Intelligence Center (JRIC) at Naval Air Station New Orleans. The work to be performed provides for a design bid build project to construct a single-story addition to existing Building 558. Work will be performed in New Orleans and is expected to be completed by February 2019. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Southeast, Jacksonville, is the contracting activity. … The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., was awarded a $10,217,915 delivery order for joint direct attack munition (JDAM) high compact telemetry modules. Contractor will provide flight test instrumentation hardware, which is used to gather real-time JDAM weapon data during testing. Work will be performed in San Diego, Calif., and is expected to be complete by April 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan, Republic of Korea, Israel, and Singapore. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.