Adams Electric to begin helicopter patrols
Adams Electric plans to start patrolling its overhead distribution lines and equipment this week in portions of upper Franklin and lower Cumberland counties that are served by the cooperative. As the weather permits, the aerial inspections will continue until the process is also completed in Adams and York counties.
The cooperative has conducted aerial inspections every year since 1996. Critical overhead lines that feed power to the co-op’s substations and metering points will be inspected, as well as overhead lines and equipment.
According to Mike Feathers, operations coordinator, the crew will fly an average of six to eight hours a day on weekdays, when weather conditions are appropriate, until all areas have been reviewed.
The cooperative has contracted with Pine Bottom Aviation of Martinsburg, Pa., to conduct the inspections, which will begin each day at approximately 8:30 a.m. The crew, two linemen and the pilot, will try to avoid flying over congested areas and hovering over agricultural operations.
If you happen to see a problem with the power lines or equipment, never attempt to assess or correct the situation yourself. Instead, report any problems immediately by calling 717/334-9211 or toll-free 888/232-6732.