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Helicopters Transport SCE Technicians to Local Transmission Towers

It’s the ultimate commute.

All that helicopter traffic you’ve been hearing lately?  It’s not only mountain rescue. Since July 11, Southern California Edison has been using choppers to deliver their technicians to inspect and maintain local transmission towers inaccessible by road.

According to Graham Breakwell of the U.S. Forest Service, the helicopters fly the workers to an area near Chaney Trail, then hover for approximately three minutes. A 75-foot rope conveys the crew to the designated tower. They are similarly collected, though in reverse, at the end of the shift.

The tower inspection and maintenance project requires three or four flights a day, and is taking place in the Millard Canyon area. Flights and work will continue until July 31st.  

(Thanks to Lori Paul for passing along the information.)

Leslie M Wilkins July 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Wait...do I see a new thrill ride in the making!!! I watched them the other day and wondered if dangling at the end of a 75ft rope while flying through the air was fun or really, really scarey!!!
Karin Bugge July 25, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Hey Leslie, I've been enjoying the spectacle, too. Those workers have two things I don't have: Guts and a strong stomach.
Laura Monteros July 25, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Oh, my gosh! Preventative maintenance! Will wonders never cease down there at SCE.

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