1 March 2013

ActewAGL helicopter lets slip the surly bonds of earth

| johnboy
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ActewAGL are giving warning that they’re putting a helo back into the sky to inspect their powerlines:

ActewAGL will be carrying out a helicopter inspection of overhead powerlines from Monday 4 to Friday 15 March 2013 (weather permitting), as part of its bushfire prevention program.

ActewAGL General Manager Network Services Robert Atkin said, “The helicopter patrol is a significant part of our bushfire prevention program. Trees and vegetation growing too close to powerlines can cause blackouts and create safety hazards such as grass fires and bushfires. Trees and vegetation can also restrict access, preventing essential maintenance from being carried out.

“The patrol will fly at approximately 800 feet to identify areas where vegetation is encroaching on overhead powerlines.

“It will fly with minimal hovering across Hall, Gungahlin, Belconnen, Central Canberra, Molonglo Valley, Mount Stromlo, Coree, Weston Creek, Woden Valley, Tuggeranong, Paddys River, Cotter River, Tennent, Rendezvous Creek, Booth, Jerrabomberra, Majura and Kowen. The site for take-off and landing will be Canberra Airport.

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