Sunday, September 30, 2007
Not Exactly A Car Wash...
Out for a walk with the dog this afternoon along the power line easement, I heard a helicopter in the distance coming closer and was amazed to see it flying at only about 80 feet above an urban neighbourhood. It soon became clear what he was doing.
A large boom which had been pointing forward and not seen against the bright sky swung out, the helicopter swung round and proceded to wash the insulators on the high tension lines. I watched for a while, finished my walk, grabbed my FZ50 and went back before they'd finished the entire stretch and was able to get these shots as they washed the last two pylons.
Amazing flying, remarkably steady, the boom only 4 feet from the insulators, the helicopter I suppose another 20 feet further away. Of course, they didn't turn off the power. Click on the images for a larger view.