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POWER LINE INSPECTION
Power Line Aerial Photo Taken by Steadicopter's Black Eagle 50
Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
In Low Altitude Flight of 17 Meters
Flying 5-30 Meters Away
Equipped with a Lev 2 Daytime Camera Payload by TopIVision ltd.

Power line inspection involves examining the pylons and their high voltage insulators. Even the conecting screw must be intact. This process is increasingly being performed by helicopters. Typically the smallest team is made up of an observer using dedicated equipment and a pilot flying at about 10-50 knots. The inspection frequency depends on transmission line size. The helicopter usually hovers at a horizontal distance close enough for observation, approximately 20-300 feet depending on the equipment used and at a height of about 15 feet from the ground. This means that the noise produced by the inspection limits the hours the helicopter can fly, due to noise abatement laws and disturbance to livestock.

Electricity providers in many countries commission the service of manned helicopter companies to conduct power line inspections, wash insulators and detect thermographic problems.

Typically a twin engine helicopter is used costing a lot per day. With the current economic climate where cost reduction plans are being drawn up, replacing this method of inspection should most certainly be examined. Especially today the technological advantage provided by Rotary UAVs may overcome past restraints.

Steadicopter's Black Eagle UAS is very suitable for electric power line inspection tasks. Equipped with required cameras, an inspection of specific electric power lines and poles or wide range inspection sends real time footage and data to the operator which can be sent at the same time to the power company's control center for reviewing. The Black Eagle can hover as close as even 5 meters away from the power lines. View photoes of high voltage power line inspection and Contact us for more up-to-date information.