Low-flying helicopters to patrol Tampa Electric’s transmission lines
TAMPA, August 12, 2016
Area residents need not be alarmed if they see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission lines in coming weeks. It’s part of the company’s ongoing inspection of transmission equipment.
Work will begin at 8 a.m. Monday and continue for four weeks during daylight hours. Work also may occur on weekends. Crews will survey Tampa Electric’s entire 1,300-mile system of high-voltage transmission lines at least once, with return visits along about 160 miles of the system.
A low-flying helicopter will fly between 30 and 300 feet above the lines and poles while workers inspect equipment using infrared technology or traditional cameras. The inspections are expected to be complete in mid-September, weather permitting.
Haverfield Aviation, of Gettysburg, Pa., and Hot/Shot Infrared Inspections Inc., of Golden, Colo., will conduct the inspections.
The inspections are taking place along Tampa Electric’s urban and rural rights of way. Some inspections will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods. Local law enforcement officials will be notified of the inspections.
The inspections are part of the company’s routine transmission maintenance.
Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 730,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.