© Dave Mathieson - Amherst Daily News
Helicopter engineer, Robert Quinton, was running some basic checks on his helicopter Tuesday morning.
AMHERST – Canadian Helicopters engineer, Robert Quinton, was running some basic checks on his helicopter Tuesday morning while his machine sits on standby
The helicopter is at a staging area in Amherst about 100 metres north of East Victoria Street near D'Orsay Road.
Nova Scotia Power chartered the helicopter, which is based out of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, to place powerline poles on the Tantramar Marsh.
Unfortunately, the hook the helicopter uses to carry the powerline poles onto the marsh is malfunctioning and a new hook is expected to arrive and be ready to carry the poles by Wednesday at 9 a.m., weather permitting.
Quinton said a helicopter is needed for the job to protect the wetlands because heavy equipment isn’t allowed on the marsh.
He also said he thinks the helicopter will be needed for the job, “for a couple of days.”