Low flying helicopters are sweeping Tyne and Wear to keep lights on and showers running across the region this winter.
Northern Powergrid is using the machines to check power lines are working properly before the cold weather sets in.
The helicopters are being used to survey almost 2000 power lines every day throughout the autumn.
Over a four month period, they will scour more than 25,000 sq km of land from Northumbria to South Yorkshire.
Staff are on the lookout for any potential problems with the lines, from fallen trees to rotting poles.
They log each powerline on a GPS map, using blue dots for working lines and red dots for faulty ones.
Green dots are used to alert helicopters of horses in neighbouring fields as they carry out their check-ups.
Norther Powergrid Inspections Manager Gary Bartholomew said: "Many of our powerlines are in rural areas.
"It is easier to assess them using helicopters than having men on the ground."
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