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Monday, January 25, 2016

Helicopter Checking Transmission Lines

Don’t be alarmed if you see a black helicopter flying low over Westport this week.

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A helicopter similar to this one that will be inspecting transmission lines in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Eversource photo

Eversource said a helicopter will be inspecting transmission lines in Westport, Norwalk, Darien, Stamford and Greenwich.

Spokesman Frank Poirot said the black helicopter with registration N175JL will operate mostly between 7 a.m. and dusk.

“As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the power grid and increase reliability, Eversource will be surveying its transmission lines with high-resolution cameras,” he said.

“Photographs collected during these flights will help build a more detailed record of structures, lines and other electrical equipment which will increase the efficiency of maintaining the electric system in Connecticut.”

The utility said the helicopter will hover over the lines, using heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology to find possible problems such as evidence of lightning strikes, corrosion or loss of insulating fluid.

The work is done in winter and summer when weak spots on transmission lines can be detected more readily during hot and cold spells, Eversource said.

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Posted 01/25/16 at 11:09 AM  Permalink



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