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Posted on: August 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Community Advisory: Low-Flying Helicopter Patrolling JCP&L Transmission Lines August 11-18

JCPL pre flight notification

Jersey Central Power & Light Advisory

Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) would like to advise the community that Helo-Air will be mobilizing to the JCP&L Region from 8/11/22 – 8/18/22 and will begin performing Routine patrols on all JCPL 500kV, 230kV, 115kV lines (weather-permitting).  These patrols are anticipated to take approximately one week 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 helicopters to be used for these patrols are as follows:

  • Helo-Air, Blue and White Bell 206,  Tail number - N894HA 8322 JCPL Pre Flight Notification: Helo-Air, Blue and White Bell 206,  Tail number N894HA

A routine visual patrol is a general inspection of the structures, conductors, and all associated hardware on the transmission line(s) where the onboard inspector is looking for any outstanding issues or immediate threats to the reliability of the transmission line(s). The helicopter may also 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 contractor has been authorized to patrol the transmission circuits in their entirety (i.e. "breaker-to-breaker"), so patrols on certain lines may extend into the neighboring regions. The flight crew provides information on their daily location to both Transmission Lines Maintenance, FE East/NJ Transmission Operations, and also any local airports when in their airspace.


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