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Tree helicopter

Helicopter sawA crew came by on Monday, cutting trees away from the powerline. The big difference? The saw was lowered from a helicopter!

The pilot was pretty impressive, making gentle sweeps close to the poles and wires. He did end up knocking out our electricity for about an hour though.

But we were still very impressed by his prowess...and glad to prevent longer outages during upcoming storms. So I guess the only real downside is that now Mark wants a helicopter saw....

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Until you see what it costs. :-(

A small and simple helicopter like an Robinson R22 costs in the order of $300/hour to operate.

The helicopter in your picutre lookes like a Hughes 500. From what I've been able to find, that thing costs an eye-watering $1200/hour to operate. Assuming you make several hundred hours per year...

That is of course excluding the purchase cost, pilot training etc.

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Aug 22 12:34:22 2018
Maybe you could attach the saw to a really big drone that he could operate by remote control?
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Wed Aug 22 14:16:40 2018
Isn't another name for a helicopter a "chopper"?
Comment by Maggie Thu Aug 23 10:07:57 2018

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