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Bird's eye view of power lines.

Engineers at East Midlands Electricity will be taking to the air over Warwickshire and other parts of the Midlands to check overhead power lines.

Following a successful helicopter patrol pilot scheme in Lincolnshire, EME is now poised to extend its air service by sweeping up experienced former linesmen and engineers to carry out overhead checks.

A spokesman said: ``Traditionally, lines are inspected by foot patrols but the use of helicopters can cover up to 35 kilometres an hour, allowing us to spot potential problems quicker and rectify them faster.''

Mick Wood, operations engineer for the Lincolnshire pilot scheme, said: ``Over a five-year period, we've estimated that the company will save Pounds 1million through this speedy approach, which will be used in tandem with line checking by our foot patrols.''
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