Helicopter to fly over electric transmission lines for routine inspections

     (Image: JCP&L)

    (Image: JCP&L)

    Area residents may see a helicopter flying slowly over electric transmissions lines over the next two weeks.

    It’s due to routine aerial inspections by a JCP&L contractor, according to a release from the utility company. 

    Haverfield, an aerial power line inspection and maintenance services provider, began flying over the area on Monday, May 4, the release said.

    The inspections typically require about two weeks but depend on weather conditions, according to the release. 

    The Hughes MD500 helicopter — black with red letters and a tail number of “N8330P” — flies slowly (20-30 mph) along the transmissions lines, and may hover at any time for a closer inspection, the release said. 

    JCP&L is the second largest utility in New Jersey. The eastern part of JCP&L’s service territory covers the northern half of the Jersey Shore and parts inland. 

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