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05-24-2007 01:34 PM  13 years ago
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Electrical Pylon Inspection
Electrical Pylon Inspection

Hi Guys

I have a had very large power company approach me with regard to taking close up inspection pics of power pylons and wires. It would be a very big contract, so I would need to buy new equipment etc ie a gasser or I would be recharging cells forever. However I've always been under the impression that flying close to electrical pylons is gonna shoot me down from RF interference, am I correct in thinking this or is it an old wives tale? Any pointers to the best way of doing it, apart from hiring a full scale heli on a daily basis?

Cheers if you can help me.
Ian

PS Ive got this feeling that its an impossible task for RC AP.
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05-24-2007 03:03 PM  13 years ago
46Taylorcraft

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shouldn't affect it
I've been doing really close proximity shooting to cell towers and power lines over the past few months. doesn't seem to affect my radio.

I'm on Channel 58 with a Futaba 9C (PCM)

The hardest part to this type of work is flying up at 100' (or more) and getting as close as you can without flying into the towers.

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05-24-2007 03:15 PM  13 years ago
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DJ,
What lens are you using for those tight shots? (or are they cropped?)

Thanks!

Tony
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05-24-2007 03:35 PM  13 years ago
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got a lot of b@ll$
i wish my thumbs were that steady. i think hes right getting close enough with out causing damage. i would be verry afraid. who pays if it were to happend. do u guys have insu. that covers u ? or does the company that hired u pay ? and the wind has to be a factor at that height with out trees blocking the wind , usually in the states any way have fire stops cut where out pwr towers run. i gotta hand it to u, u got some skill.
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05-24-2007 03:49 PM  13 years ago
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Thanks DJ, they are some excellent shots.

When you did the pylons did you get asked to do one here and one there, or a whole load of them?
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05-24-2007 04:34 PM  13 years ago
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He does that because he is "DJ Smooth". I'm in awe when I watch how smooth DJ can fly in his videos.

I think he is using the a640.
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05-24-2007 04:42 PM  13 years ago
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If I remember correctly he said that he didn't use the wide converter and zoomed the camera lens in just a bit on the ground first to get those shots.

However, that doesn't take away from the fact that he was REALLY close at about 100 feet.

I'm assuming it was a very calm day

Hopefully DJ will post.

This is just from my vague memory.

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05-26-2007 01:43 AM  13 years ago
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Ok I found out its pylons, so I went for a look at whats what, and I decided that the risk was too great for me and my heli.
A 400kv 200ft pylon is flippin huge, and I wasn't happy at that distance/proximity in less than dead calm conditions, which over here is hardly ever.

It would have been a nice earner, but I know my limits, besides, what happens if you hit one of those all glass wire hangars with a 300mph blade tip? Probaby nothing, but the thought kind of freaked me and my wife out.

Hats off to you DJ, you must have big kahuna's.
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05-26-2007 02:01 AM  13 years ago
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I was using my A640 without the converter zoomed in about 15%. It was a calm no wind day and I'd do it no other way.
When you did the pylons did you get asked to do one here and one there, or a whole load of them?
It was just a handful of them. Still working on a contract with the client who would eventually like to shoot about 1500 towers here in the PHX area. of course not all locations will be conducive to shooting with an RC heli. Many are next to freeways, intersections, etc.
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05-26-2007 02:03 AM  13 years ago
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I am very impressed!!! Yes, DJ has great skills and produces some of the best quality work on this forum. But the part that impresses me the most in this thread is for you to decline a job and choose safety before dollars, and recognize some limitations when deciding if a project is feasible.

How many on here could walk away from a job that potentially has large returns because it pushed the limits of safety or skill.

Congrats. This level of decision making will most definitely improve your abilities and profitability through business.

Sean
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