NATE, now defining itself as “The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association,” yesterday released a video focused on the topic of helicopter lifts as part of its Climber Connection series. The video made its original debut at last week’s NATE UNITE 2020 Conference in Raleigh, NC.
The video shines a spotlight on the prominent role helicopters are playing with the tall tower, broadcast repack transition activities that are taking place in the U.S.
The fast-paced video provides epic footage of a helicopter lifting heavy antennas and related-equipment to the top of a broadcast tower in Jacksonville, FL. The video also highlights the meticulous coordination that takes place between the tower crew and helicopter crew that must be followed in order to ensure this type of work is performed safely and efficiently.
“This video is incredible in that it peels back the curtain and allows for a glimpse into the complex, technical and coordinated nature of the broadcast repack work going on right now in the United States,” said NATE Board of Directors member John Paul Jones who is prominently featured in the video. “Utilizing helicopters for this type of work allows for the quick moving and lifting of heavy equipment and also can enhance the safety of the work,” added Jones.
Watch the Helicopter Lifts video here. NATE encourages tower technicians and all communications infrastructure stakeholders to actively participate in this campaign by posting the video on their respective social networking platforms using the hashtag #ClimberConnection.