Eversource begins helicopter inspections of power lines

SO NEWS Eversource HelicoptersEversource is conducting aerial inspections through the month of August for high voltage electrical equipment on rights-of-way in Connecticut. Beginning Monday, Aug. 15, helicopters will begin flying over transmission lines in Southington, Meriden, Middlefield, and Berlin before moving on to eastern Connecticut.

The work involves the use of low flying helicopters equipped with high-resolution cameras, which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

“Over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us every day for reliable electric service,” Eversource regional electric operations president Craig Hallstrom said in a press release. “These helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.”

Eversource’s high-resolution camera inspections will begin Monday in the Wallingford-Southington area and then head north and east to Windham County. Weather-permitting, the inspection will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. using two black MD500 helicopters with registration numbers N371EE and N500LK.

The region’s transmission system is the backbone of the electric grid. Overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment – often located upwards of 100 feet in the air – help engineers detect potential problems in advance, allowing the company to schedule necessary maintenance and upgrades before reliability issues arise.

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