NES contractor to survey transmission lines via helicopter

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 3:03pm
Staff reports

For the next few weeks starting Wednesday, Nashville residents may notice a helicopter hovering suspiciously close to the ground, particularly along Nashville Electric Service transmission lines.

Through June 15, an NES contractor will be surveying transmission lines both on the ground as well as from a helicopter. The survey is meant to inform NES on the condition of such power lines and help determine the need for possible system improvements.

According to NES, one helicopter will fly approximately 1,000 feet above the ground along the transmission line paths allowing onboard cameras to record and capture data.

The flights are set to occur — weather permitting — across the power utility’s entire 700-square-mile service area. NES claims “every attempt will be made to keep the noise level and distractions to a minimum.”