Toledo Edison Fall Transmission Line patrol

Posted on by Liz Avery

Please be advised that next week, weather permitting, North American Helicopter (NAH) will be mobilizing to the Toledo Edison region and will be performing Fall Routine Patrols on all Toledo Edison 69kV-345kV transmission lines. These patrols are anticipated to take one to one and a half weeks to complete, weather permitting – however, any storm-related outage patrols could prolong completion. The following helicopter will be used for these patrols:

  • White and black w/red stripe, Bell Jet Ranger w/tail registration number N15FH 

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 defects 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 therefore extend into the neighboring regions. The flight crew provides information on their daily location to Transmission Lines Maintenance, FE West Transmission Operations, and any local airports when in their airspace.


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