CL&P conducts helicopter inspection of transmission lines
By WFSB Staff
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -
Officials at Connecticut Light & Power said it was taking its ground-based transmission inspections up into the air.
The utility company will be conducting an aerial inspection of selected transmission line equipment over the eastern Connecticut region Wednesday in order to maintain electric system reliability.
Residents in eastern Connecticut towns will be seeing a low-flying, blue and gray helicopter with tail number N39MK patrolling the area as part of CL&P's new use of photographic technology to identify potential trouble spots early, before they could possibly pose a threat to customer service reliability.
CL&P officials said the aircraft will hover between 50 and 100 feet above transmission structures.
The special photography equipment will be used to capture images not visible to the naked eye. The images will identify early stages of possible damage to transmission insulators.
CL&P officials said that inspecting insulators from the air will increase the number of inspections completed in a day while reducing the impact on ground, which will result in cost and environmental benefits.
The flights will cover the following communities:
Any customers who may have questions or concerns about the flights are asked to call CL&P's Transmission Information Line at 1-800-793-2202, or you can send them an email by clicking here.
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