Rocky Mountain Power To Use Helicopters For Power Line Inspection
Over the course of the next couple of weeks you might notice a little extra air traffic around the regions power lines. According to a recent release from Rocky Mountain Power, they will be running inspections on power lines around the state.
Jon Andersen, Rocky Mountain Power line patrolman said,
“Helicopter surveys of power lines are performed periodically. During patrols, the work may require the helicopter to hover near the lines. Residents can be assured this is a normal procedure, proper safety precautions are followed and there is no cause for concern.”
Rocky Mountain Power is scheduled to conduct routine power line inspections by helicopter in Wyoming and southern Montana this month. The inspections will take place Sept. 19-30, weather permitting.
Inspection flights will take place over Buffalo, Casper, Cody, Douglas, Gillette, Lander, Laramie, Lovell, Riverton, Sheridan, Thermopolis and Worland in Wyoming, as well as Billings, Montana.
These inspections are part of the company’s regular maintenance program. The patrols allow crews to check lines and equipment for deterioration or damage in order to ensure safe and reliable electric service to customers. Rocky Mountain Power has obtained all necessary work clearances for the patrols, and the Federal Aviation Administration has approved flight plans for the work.