Starting this weekend, specialized helicopter crews will make reliability improvements and perform routine inspections on Tampa Electric’s power lines, in Tampa, Florida.
As part of reliability improvements to meet stricter federal standards, Tampa Electric is raising the height of a power line crossing railroad tracks in Carrollwood, west of Whispering Wind Avenue and south of Linebaugh Avenue. Because the two poles are difficult to access by ground, the work must be done by helicopter. The steel poles will remain at their current height.
Haverfield Aviation, of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, will perform the work Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting, with most activity between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The helicopter will make several short trips between the work sites and the landing zone on Merchants Center Drive.
Beginning Monday, Haverfield will use infrared technology to inspect all of Tampa Electric’s high-voltage transmission lines. A low-flying helicopter will hover about 10 to 20 ft above each transmission structure for a short time. Work will begin at 8 a.m. and continue during daylight hours on weekdays. These inspections are expected to be completed by Oct. 28, weather permitting.