Like powerline patrol, we have been providing pipeline patrol services for over two decades.
Since pipeline patrol is usually done at higher altitudes and higher speeds than powerline patrol, it can normally be performed by fixed wing aircraft. However, in metropolitan areas, fixed wing aircraft are prohibited from flying low, so helicopters are required in these areas.
Helicopters also have advantages over airplanes because visibility is better, they can fly as slow as necessary, and can land virtually anywhere. Immediate notification of a backhoe operator can sometimes mean the difference between a catastrophe or an insignificant incident.