Power Industry

New Line Construction & Live Line Maintenance

The experience and expertise of the company in this area is well recognised within the industry for both human sling and platform work involving inspection and repairs to live high tension lines.

This is extremely specialised work which requires precision flying, intense concentration, and well planned and organised safety procedures throughout the operation.

Our highly skilled pilots undertake the following stringing, inspection and maintenance activities:

  • Insulator Washing
  • Aerial Inspection and maintenance
  • Powerline stringing
  • Infrastructure construction
  • Survey and mapping

Specialised Equipment Available:

Skywork has invested heavily in specialised equipment for use within the power industry. 

Javelin-water-lanceJavelin Water Lance

The Javelin Water Lance is a high pressure low volume water cannon used for asset maintenance, ensuring a smooth stream of water that is not affected by helicopter downdraft. Uses for this technology include:

  • Insulator Washing
  • Structure and Conductor Washing

It can also be used for:

  • Fire Control
  • Crowd Control

Access-platformHelicopter Line Access Platform

The Helicopter Line Access Platform provides a safe working stabilised platform which is ideal for both inspection and maintenance activities. 

The platform can be installed on either side of the helicopter and is able to safely and comfortably seat 2 line workers during inspection, maintenance and peak transfer operations. 

Human-slingHuman Sling

Skywork are also experienced at Human Sling or Suspension operations which consist of precision flying and highly skilled crew in combination with certified human slings.

This method provides access where minimum approach distances rule out the use of the Line Access Platform.

Sidehook-pulling-systemSide hook Line Pulling System

This can be used for:

  • Line Stringing new Construction - Conductor or Earth Wire
  • Re-circuiting i.e. Line Stringing while existing circuit in service
  • Roller, Block, Insulator or Spacer Installation
  • Customised Needle and Thread technique
  • Human Sling Maintenance Inspection and Repair

GimbalHelicopter Airborne Gimbal

The  Airborne Gimbal is a 5 axis helicopter-mounted system operated by a skilled technician, providing airborne High Visual Definition surveys. The Gimbal can be used to:

  • Identify structural  or hardware defects or deficiencies
  • Profile infrastructure
  • Capture high definition images
  • Produce a digital film of survey in either High Definition or PAL format

UV Detection Corona Camera

For daytime UV detection.  Operated by an experienced field technician, it is mainly used for Transmission or Distribution Preventative Maintenance.

  • Measure and detect Corona effects
  • Measure and detect partial Corona discharges
  • Capture high resolution still images of detected anomalies
  • Produce video documentation of the inspected network
  • Produce GPS positions of Infrastructure findings

Infrared Inspections

Thermographic Camera

Available on request and operated by an industry-experienced field technician, the Thermographic camera can be used to identify and analyse thermal abnormalities with a view to recommending repair priorities.