Avionics News January 2016 - 33
with a laugh). The Marine Corps
uses all the Navy A Schools. When
you're going through initial training, you are typically at Navy bases
and your classmates are two-thirds
Navy, one-third Marines. Whenever
you have a Marine avionics tech, he
started as Navy. The Marine Corps
does things slightly different. I
started my career in heavy helicopters, and I was in the Marines Corp
for more than eight years and went
from there to Cessna. I had a pilot's
license already. I joined the Marines
when I was 17, and I got my pilot's
license at 19 at the flying club at Air
Station New River in Jacksonville,
Do you still fly?
Yes, I am current. I live on an airstrip in Easley, South Carolina. It's
the Williamsport Airpark. I own a
Cessna 172N, which I use for both
business and pleasure.
How do you like living
in an airpark?
It's a double-edged sword. Living
on an airpark and having the airplane is absolutely indispensable,
but being the avionics guy at the
airpark makes it difficult with people wanting advice.
When you're not working,
what are you doing?
I'm always tinkering with my
airplane. I am not an A&P, but my
neighbor is, so we feed off each
Dave Miner enjoys restoring
antique and classic ambulances.
other. I know it sounds pathetic and
obsessed, but aviation is literally my
hobby as well as my profession. I
enjoy this business that much. All I
talk about are airplanes and work.
So no other hobbies?
I restore antique and classic
ambulances. For example, the 1959
Miller-Meteor is the Holy Grail. It's
the vehicle used in Ghostbusters.
I don't have a '59, but I did have
a Miller-Meteor Lifeliner, and I'm
looking for my next project. I'd love
to do a 1930s ambulance, but that's
How do you find them?
I get on Google and start searching; sometimes, something pops up.
What's the appeal of old
ambulances for you?
I love the sirens and lights. The
appeal is anyone can restore an
El Dorado or a Chevy Chevelle,
but when you go to a show with a
9,000-pound, all-steel, handmade
classic car that's also an ambulance
- with medical equipment inside -
you get attention. It's a challenge
to restore them because there are
so few. There's a fairly sizable group
called the Friends of Professional Car
Society, which has several hundred
Are you married?
Yes, my wife, Catie, teaches high
school English. We don't have children, but we have four pets, two dogs
and two cats.
What does the future
hold for you?
Personally, I want to find the Holy
Grail and restore it. For work, we say
we are going to darken the sky with
Sabreliners. The future is to continue
to innovate and create new modifications for existing aircraft and identify
aircraft that are the most viable candidates and move forward. I enjoy
coming to work each day. What I find
unequaled about Sabreliner is that it
is literally the first opportunity I've
had to resurrect something great. The
skills and abilities here have given us
visibility with major vendors that I've
only dreamed about. It's all here, and
it's all exciting. There are no limits to
what can be done here. q
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