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SDG&E sought approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones for multiple use cases, including assessments. It was one of the first utilities to receive approval in 2014.

Tom Fries

Tom Fries has been with SDG&E Aviation Services for over 5 years. Prior to coming to SDG&E, Tom worked for General Atomics Aeronautical with program and engineering teams. Tom is a retired Marine with 22 years of active duty as an F/A-18 pilot. Tom has his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Temple University, Masters Degrees from both Georgetown University and University of San Diego, and Aviation Safety and Security certificate from University of Southern California.