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Old 03-02-2018, 09:46 AM   #1
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Default Helicopters and power lines



It just does not seem like the two would go hand and hand. Does anyone on the green screen do this for a living?


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Old 03-02-2018, 09:49 AM   #2
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No, but I bet those high voltage line workers make bank!
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:01 AM   #3
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We watched them do that a few weeks back. It was crazy to see the helicopter fly sideways pulling the cable.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:06 AM   #4
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There is a video on the internet, of a guy who is in a helicopter, the fly up close to the lines, he attaches a safety harness or a ground strap or both, to one of the lines. Then gets out of the helicopter and puts one hand and one leg on each line and starts sliding or crawling along the lines. That's got to be about the craziest job I have ever seen. I have not seen that video in years, but it's pretty crazy, the helicopter next to the lines would be enough to scare the crap out of me, much less getting out of the helicopter, onto the lines. I have heard of linemen getting smoked, when someone accidently turns the power on, when they are working on the lines. So hell no, not a job for me.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:11 AM   #5
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A.B. Chance used to offer a service of cleaning insulators, adding dampening devices, repairing conductor or dead end sleeves to transmission lines. They would come in and show video at there presentations. They could not pay me enough. Some of there services offered was working on 138 to 512 kv hot........ to watch them ground their selves to the phase while the pilot held the chopper steady......sorry, I am out.

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Old 03-02-2018, 10:17 AM   #6
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They are used a lot on transmission lines for new construction or maintenance. They excel in hard to reach areas where bringing in heavy equipment is difficult. Also depending on what they are doing to the line they can work it hot with no outage required.

Another cool thing to look up is aerial side trimming with a helicopter. Saw blades hang below the helicopter and side trim trees. Google Rotor Blade or Aerial Solutions and watch their videos.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:35 AM   #7
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If I was younger I would love to do that. Think of the adrenaline rush you would get ,nothing else like it except running an arrow through a deer.

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Old 03-02-2018, 12:49 PM   #8
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A guy I was in the service with does it for a living. He has worked on lines up to 1million volts. He says when he clamps on he can still feel the electric field all over him even wearing the special suit....and to answer a question above, yes, he makes some serious coin doing it.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:52 PM   #9
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Piece of cake! That 'chopper is the best (for that job). My avatar pic is the best ever!!!!!!
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:06 PM   #10
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Piece of cake! That 'chopper is the best (for that job). My avatar pic is the best ever!!!!!!
I always heard low and slow was a dangerous combination for helicopters. Is that not so ?
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:15 PM   #11
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:28 PM   #12
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That's a BIG NOPE for me
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:34 PM   #13
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What does that guy get paid?

Doesn't matter...it isn't enough
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:39 PM   #14
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Is that down by the Port of Freeport? They've been flying a bunch this past week down there.
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Old 03-02-2018, 02:41 PM   #15
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Not me
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:20 PM   #16
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Been flying bot oooh fixed wing and helos for awhile. Love doing both but helos is my favorite. I fly them for a living and cant see myself doing anything else. Dream job.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:38 PM   #17
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without a path to ground that juice is going nowhere... no matter how many volts.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:45 PM   #18
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A lot of them also hang by ropes, some 40 - 50 feet below the copper and the copper hovers while the lineman does the work. I've been in the industry for 10 years and I could fill up both hands with the amount of deaths that have come from this type of work. Usually due to the rope being severed by the line or chopper gets too close.

I remember several years ago I was on a project at the laydown yard and their chopper flew over us with two guys hanging by rope headed down the line. I watched them go by and went on about my business. no less than 20 minutes after they had passed, I was called and notified of a shut down. Those two guys I had just seen fly over us had just been killed from a severed line. It was a sickening feeling.
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Old 03-02-2018, 03:52 PM   #19
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Pretty sure I saw somewhere that the arc you see when they are "grounding" to line from hello is static

The static is enough to kill you

I hate electricity
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:25 PM   #20
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Umm NOPE!!
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:37 PM   #21
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That's a BIG NOPE for me
EPZ or Equal Potential Zone.

Iíve worked on EPZ mats before where you lay out large mats, all grounded to each other and then grounded to the line. Just donít step off or take a pizz and youíre fine.
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Old 03-02-2018, 05:46 PM   #22
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I watched them do something like this where 183 goes over the river just before Regal Row. I couldn't believe it was a thing. Huge stones on those guys.
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