Please be advised that on Tuesday, January 19, or Wednesday, January 20, weather permitting, a helicopter will be mobilized to begin comprehensive visual inspections on Illuminating Company lines.
These inspections are expected to take approximately three weeks to complete, weather permitting; however, any storm or outage-related patrols could prolong completion.
The helicopter you may see in the sky will be a black Hughes MD500 with red tail registration number N363CC – see photo by clicking .
Please know that a comprehensive visual inspection completed by helicopter is a slow, structure-by-structure, span-by-span inspection where the inspector onboard the helicopter gets a thorough look from top to bottom of each structure, associated hardware, and conductors of the transmission line(s).
The helicopter will be moving very slowly along each of the transmission lines and will often be seen hovering while carrying out these inspections.