Low-flying helicopter patrols for Alford skies

AN Electrical company has warned that it will be flying helicopter patrols in the area around Alford.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) will be using choppers to inspect the high-voltage pylon network from April to June.

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

Phil Allen, Logistics Manager at Western Power Distribution, said: “Using a helicopter to carry out the patrols is the safest, fastest and most effective way to carry out checks on large sections of the network.

“Taking a bird’s eye view of the network enables us to check large areas quickly.

“We’re able to spot potential hazards early so that we can plan our 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 local weather conditions in order to make the best use of time available. The patrols will be cover Lincoln, Alford, Boston, Grantham, Melton, Stamford and Spalding.