Big metal bird

To: Robin Hide <>
Subject: Big metal bird
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:12:37 +1100
I suspect this is quite a common practice outside the large country towns.  

Some years ago we followed a fixed wing aircraft doing the same task for about 30km from Kyalite to Balranald.  The aircraft was flying a bit faster than I was driving (about 100kph) but would occasionally circle to take a closer look at something so we kept up. 

Much more efficient than doing it by car.


On 18 February 2014 11:00, Robin Hide <> wrote:

See Canberra Times: “Helicopters to inspect Canberra powerlines”


Robin Hide




From: Philip Veerman [
Sent: Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:54 AM
To: 'Canberra Birds'
Subject: [canberrabirds] Big metal bird


Yes this is off topic.

For at least the 90 minutes, there has been a helicopter flying loops over my GBS site in west Kambah (yes, mostly more than 100 metres and it is now it is more distant) with what looks like someone looking out the side. Such persistence is very odd. I thought maybe police tracking a fugitive. The abdomen of the helicopter carries the field mark of ActewAGL. I phoned and was eventually advised it is surveying infrastructure to look for equipment faults and fire risks. Strange but that is what I was told.


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