Before the end of March, weather permitting, Chesapeake Bay Helicopters will be conducting routine patrols on JCP&L lines. These patrols are anticipated to take approximately two weeks to complete, but as always, work is strongly weather dependent and completion could be impeded by any post-storm or outage-related patrols that may occur. The helicopter to be used for these patrols is a black, Hughes MD500 with tail registration number N748CB.
This routine visual patrol will inspect the structures, conductors, and all associated hardware on the transmission lines. The onboard inspector is looking for any outstanding issues or immediate threats to the reliability of the transmission lines. The helicopter may be seen hovering and/or circling to get a closer look at any problems that may be found during these patrols.
It should be noted that the helicopter will patrol the transmission circuits in their entirety (i.e. "breaker-to-breaker"), so patrols on certain lines may therefore extend into the neighboring regions.