Helicopter Underslung Load: TV Transmitter

Helicopter Underslung Load: TV Transmitter HESLO


In 2014, RF communication infrastructure specialists, The Bridge Network North (now merged into Virtua), undertook a major engineering project at Arqiva’s Croydon TV Transmitter in South London, UK.  Arqiva operate much of the UK TV and radio broadcast infrastructure.

The project included the replacement of the 10 tonne, 16m, top antenna section on the 153m tower by as a Helicopter External Sling Load Operation (HESLO).

Underslung Load In Action

A series of lifts were conducted on one day using an Airbus Helicopters AS332C helicopter of HeliSwiss in association with UK company Helirig. This fascinating 3 minute video gives an overview of the project.

Also see our articles: What the HEC?! – Human External CargoKeep Your Eyes on the Hook! Underslung External Load Safety  and French Skyscraper: Helicopter Underslung Load

UPDATE 2 July 2020: Erickson videos:

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