- Jun 7, 2019
- Bryan, Texas
- Cessna 140, Stinson 108-1, Culver V, Parsons Trainer
- Total Flight Time
- 1000 hours
Would it not be great of reflectors of some sort be required to be placed on top of telephone poles or transmission lines? Or something to increase visibility from the air. The expense and effort would be considered prohibitive as viewed by some.A good suggestion John.
I was sloppy with my use of the language.
Not everyone knows that the best way to look for wires is to look for the poles.
I have read that the number one cause of helicopter crashes is wire strikes.
There have been many gyroplanes destroyed from wire strikes.
Mark Shook was killed when he hit wires over the Colorado River. Flying as low as he was he could not see the poles along the banks because of the trees.
I have some specific wires I show clients to help them understand how difficult the wires are to see and I have them fly over the polls rather than the wires. One end of the Avilla Pass is blocked by power lines coming from the power plant in Diablo Canyon. They are huge and there are two sets of them marching over the hills. The light has to be just right to see the wires and I have to look left or right to find the structures that support the wires. Coming from the north the first few poles are hidden by the hills.
I have one wire in a canyon near the Twitchell reservoir that I like to use as an example of how hard wires and poles are to see. It is a single wire suspended on two wooden poles covered with black creosote.