Western Power Distribution helicopter inspects overhead lines in Stamford

A Western Power Distribution helicopter EMN-140606-162057001
A Western Power Distribution helicopter EMN-140606-162057001
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A helicopter that was seen flying over Stamford today (Friday) was inspecting power lines.

The yellow Western Power Distribution aircraft swooped over the electricity substation in Cherry Holt Road before performing a mid-air U-turn and flying back the way it came.

The firm said it was carrying out helicopter patrols across the East Midlands as part of its network inspection work during the months of June and July.

Helicopters are used to spot potential hazards on the high voltage overhead network and to highlight areas where future work may be needed.

Chief pilot at Western Power Distribution Robin Tutcher said: “Using a helicopter for patrols is the safest, fastest and most effective way to carry out checks on large sections of the network.

“Taking this bird’s eye view enables us to check large areas quickly. We’re able to spot potential hazards early so that our engineers can plan investment and maintenance work more effectively, and do any necessary work before it causes problems for our customers.”

The helicopter patrols will also be on the look-out for trees growing into overhead lines, which can cause problems in stormy weather.