Each year, Adams Electric Cooperative surveys its power system via helicopter, looking for damage that’s hard to spot from the ground, especially in more remote locations.
The co-op will be initiating its annual aerial inspections March 8 over the Shippensburg District. Helicopter patrols will be conducted by Pine Bottom Aviation. The crew will consist of a pilot and up to two linemen.
Critical line feeds in Shippensburg, Gettysburg and York districts will be inspected by air in search of broken cross arms, damaged wires, and other electrical issues. Shippensburg District will also receive a comprehensive line review as well, based on the co-op’s routine rotation of this process. Aerial inspections can take several months to complete, depending on weather and other schedule interruptions.
According to Mike Feathers, manager of operations, the crew will fly an average of six to eight hours a day when conditions are appropriate and will attempt to avoid flying over congested areas and hovering over agricultural operations.
If you happen to see a problem with a power line, pole or electrical equipment, never attempt to access or correct the situation. Report any problems immediately by calling 1-800-726-2324. If you have questions or concerns with the contractors or inspections, please call the cooperative.