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Are helicopters used for railroad inspection (tracks or powerline)?


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#1 nm34

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Posted 08 June 2015 - 08:49

Hey guys.

 

I know helis are used for inspection of power lines as such, but what about railroad tracks and railroad overhead wires?

 

Just asking out of "strategic interest", as railroad is one of my prior fields of work/experience and I am trying to figure out whether I could throw that in to distinguish myself. :)

 

 



#2 adam32

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:42

I know they've been used for spraying along railroad tracks.



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Posted 09 June 2015 - 12:12

Rail cars are used for railroad inspection

 


#4 Flying Pig

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 12:48

An agency I flew for was tasked with just watching the railroad lines in our area.   I did see Fixed Wing doing a rail line patrol once. 

 

But you can obviously toss in whatever you want to try and distinguish yourself.  But it would be employer specific.  As a general rule, I don't know that being a previous rail worker is going to do much for you.



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Posted 10 June 2015 - 16:54

  As a general rule, I don't know that being a previous rail worker is going to do much for you.

 

Unless the railroad had it's own helicopter and you were the pilot... :D



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Posted 11 June 2015 - 12:55

I know one Railroad that Does. RJ Corman Railroad.



#7 280fxColorado

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 13:07

Not for long...:
Why BNSF Railway is using drones to inspect thousands of miles of rail lines

The future of train safety lies in drones


Edited by 280fxColorado, 11 June 2015 - 13:08.


#8 fleman202

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 08:17

 

I feel like this would be a game changer for pipeline inspections as well. Any idea when the BVLOS rules and policies will be here for everyone? For someone who flies in the Ag industry operations BVLOS scare me. Without proper safety considerations I think there will be problems.

 

Sorry if this derails the post. If it needs to be moved please move it.



#9 Flying Pig

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 08:34

Amtrack has or had a helicopter.  After you meet their pilot requirements it may give you some weight, but Id doubt it will make up for lacking time and experience.  



#10 Won2Be

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 12:59

I get the feeling all inspection, survey,  and photography will eventually be handled by UAVs. That is the future. I don't see passenger or cargo transport ever replacing traditional heli operations (offshore, ems, touring, logging etc) but, there's no way it could be cheaper to pay for a full sized helicopter when a UAV can do the same job. Sad but, there's no reversing this trend once FAA comes out with full regs IMO. 



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Posted 16 June 2015 - 14:02

I flew for Amtrak out of Horsham, Pa for a couple of years until funding shut it down. Callsign "Trackstar 1" We patrolled the NE corridor from Boston to D.C. Had a railyard right next to P56 restriced area. 4 phone calls for authorization before we could depart. Worked with Philly P.D. Air unit on joint ops on occaision, good crew there.

 

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