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Old 17th Nov 2021, 08:52
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Electricity line Observer

Hi all,

Does anyone know the experience requirements to become an Observer on the electricity line inspection helicopters? I see both Western Power Distribution and National Grid do this work, do any other companies? I haven't been able to find any specific requirements so if anyone can shed some light that would be appreciated.

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Old 17th Nov 2021, 11:31
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An immunity from airsickness would be a start!
When I was flying powerlines (pole lines - not national Grid) the Observers were all experineced powerline engineers employed by the electricity board concerned. A goodly number flew just one day...even I used to get a bit queasy at times.
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 11:33
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Originally Posted by meleagertoo View Post
An immunity from airsickness would be a start!
When I was flying powerlines (pole lines - not national Grid) the Observers were all experineced powerline engineers employed by the electricity board concerned. A goodly number flew just one day...even I used to get a bit queasy at times.
Was that sickness from having to use and look at a computer? I thought most of the flying was steady at low level?
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 14:48
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WPD have their own crewmen who are not line engineers. Best to get in touch directly.
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 15:25
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WPD are advertising or have recently. Job description should be there somewhere.
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 18:12
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A lot of Powerline observers are ex linesmen.
They will have had a number of years of experience either building lines or performing maintenance tasks on them.
Some havenít been linesmen and I donít know how they get on to this type of work.
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Old 17th Nov 2021, 19:56
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The utility company will typically have requirements. I work with Pacific Gas & Electric in California. All linemen riding on helicopters complete an 8 hour CRM course specifically designed for the operation, and have to complete the course and testing annually. They are all experienced linemen or troublemen.
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