Montana Outdoors

August 20, 2009

Acrophobics need not apply.

Filed under: Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 9:04 pm

For a few days about a week ago there was some unusual helicopter activity in this vicinity. Turns out it was crews from the Bonneville Power Administration replacing old spacer insulators between the high voltage lines that run through this area. The helicopter would lift the linemen up to the lines in carriers that would hang from the wires while they changed the insulators. They had a darn good helicopter pilot!

Helicopter, BPA crew




  1. I hope it pays well 🙂

    Great shots Terry !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 20, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    • I suspect it does Bernie. I was a little surprised to see that the vehicles they used all had U.S. Govt. plates.


      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  2. Yikes. No thanks. 😐


    Comment by iheartfilm — August 20, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

  3. Yeah…great shots…but I do not think I could do that job!


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — August 20, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

    • Actually I’d rather do that than work on the lines after a winter storm. At least these guys only do this work in decent weather.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 8:12 am

  4. Great shots! I’ve watched a T.V. series on this before, and how they ground themselves so they don’t get a nasty zap from the helicopter line to the linemen. Yikers!


    Comment by Anna Surface — August 21, 2009 @ 8:25 am

    • They know what they’re doing. I’ve never heard of a safety issue with them.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  5. Better the BPA than the USFS this time of year!


    Comment by Maureen — August 21, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    • You can say that again! We even had a few drops of rain this morning. Haven’t had a wildfire call since spring.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  6. Wow! That’s enough to make a fellow appreciate unemployment!


    Comment by Pinhole — August 21, 2009 @ 1:30 pm

    • I don’t know. They were happy enough, quite friendly as a matter of fact.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2009 @ 4:22 pm

  7. Wow, what a great photo op!


    Comment by Candace — August 22, 2009 @ 4:59 am

    • It was, but pretty cloudy and dark for the distant shot unfortunately, but you can still tell what’s going on there.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2009 @ 7:43 am

  8. Oh, for a minute, viewing all those low clouds, I thought the mountain was on fire. I’m so glad it wasn’t.

    These pilots are pros! Just like the ones in the helicopter loggers who stayed in the RV park that I managed and who, their second year there, were requisition to fight these awful fires that we lived through. And the workers are very experienced as well.

    You managed to find a terrific photo op! Not everyone would be so blessed.


    Comment by Iona — August 23, 2009 @ 10:13 am

    • Yes, those chopper drivers that do the logging are the best I’ve ever seen. I’d like to do that when I grow up!

      It was obvious that the whole crew was professional. That would have to be interesting work. I wonder what they do at other times, probably regular linemen I suppose.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 4:45 pm

  9. crazy! and cool! very good pilot and brave linemen too!


    Comment by silken — August 23, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    • Yep, but thinking about it, I’d take my chances doing that instead of driving on the freeways.


      Comment by montucky — August 23, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

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