Helicopter VS Crane

Discussion in 'Tower, Rooftop and Antenna Installation' started by Robert Pac1, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. Robert Pac1

    Robert Pac1 Friend of the Community

    We have been doing a lot of tower projects lately and im just curious if the tower industry is catching on that it is much more efficient using a helicopter to erect/Dismantle the tower. Seems like our customers are pleased and will use us again. What are your thoughts?
  2. Mike Rowlands

    Mike Rowlands Friend of the Community

    We've done some broadcast antenna work with helicopters. The riggers love it. On multiple tenant towers, it significantly reduces power down time requirement - so the broadcasters like it too. It also doesn't hurt that it looks really cool to watch. Every site we do, somebody always seems to make a DVD putting the video footage to music.
    One challenge is the cost/benefit comparison. Helicopter mobilization costs can be prohibitive, especially for antennas in excess of 8,000 lbs, when you need the "big bird". So weight is a serious consideration.
    Another is the tower location. You need a clear, controlled staging area to work with helicopters. This can prove challenging in residential or urban areas.
    I am sure that anyone who has gone looking for helicopter support is also familiar with the term "brush fire season". Sometimes you just can't get the machine you want when you want it.
    At the end of it all, though, we do like to work with the helicopter crews.

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