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Toledo Edison Uses Helicopters to Inspect High Voltage Lines

May 5, 2015
Residents May See Small Helicopters Hovering Over Electrical Equipment

Toledo Edison will use helicopter patrols to conduct transmission line inspections throughout its service territory through November as part of its ongoing program to improve service reliability.

Residents may see a small helicopter flying at low altitude or hovering over high-voltage lines and transmission towers while workers examine power line connections and other equipment throughout northwest Ohio. Local law enforcement agencies will be notified before inspections take place.

"Completing these routine inspections via helicopter is a safe and cost-efficient way to confirm that our high-voltage system remains durable and reliable," said Rich Sweeney, regional president of Toledo Edison.  "The helicopter can provide on-board observers with a clear view of our overhead equipment far more quickly and easily than workers on the ground."

Flight schedules are subject to adjustment due to inclement weather and other conditions. To increase efficiencies, the helicopter will inspect the entire length of a circuit, which means inspections may, at times, extend into neighboring utility service areas.

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