Aerial cutting is finished for 2018.
SVEC currently uses the services of Aerial Solutions Inc. This North Carolina based helicopter company uses a patented Aerial Power Saw to trim the right of way along its power lines. The 800 pound, 24 HP saw consists of multiple 24-inch diameter rotary blades and is suspended from a 90 foot vertical boom beneath the helicopter.
The versatility and speed of the Aerial Power Saw provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to conventional side trimming methods in all types of terrain with little to no environmental impact. The aerial saw provides maximum lateral clearances from vegetation encroaching into the right of way. The right of ways are trimmed from ground to sky to further avoid conflicts with the power line.
Long-term outages in severe weather are avoided after right of ways are trimmed with the aerial saw. Aerial Solutions employs highly trained professional pilots and flies a well-maintained fleet of McDonnell Douglas 500 helicopters.
To help hold down right-of-way maintenance costs for member-owners, SVEC contracts with Aerial Solutions to cover as much territory as possible within a certain timeframe. SVEC contract crews will then follow-up by cutting branches on the ground at locations where the saw had previously visited. The Cooperative prioritizes these follow-up visits, first reaching locations that affect member-owners’ grass cutting, for example.
For more information on the company, visit www.aerialsolutionsinc.com, and read this feature story from SVEC about the company that ran in local and national publications in 2016 (“Va. Cooperative Finds Solution From Above”).