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Helicopter flying to find problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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HELICOPTERS will be seen buzzing through the skies of South Derbyshire for the next 10 weeks as part of an inspection operation.

Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution company for the area, urged people to be aware that its aircraft will be in the sky as part of network inspection schemes during the months of June and July.

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

Robin Tutcher, chief pilot at Western Power Distribution, 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.

Exact flight times and locations will be based on weather conditions in order to make the best use of time available.

More information on the planned flights is available by heading online to www.

This news comes just days after homes in Winshill, Stapenhill and Bretby were repeatedly left without electricity over a 24-hour period when the area was hit by a number of power cuts. A total of 1,600 homes were impacted due to a fault with equipment.

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