Ausgrid crews are beginning annual helicopter patrols this week to inspect the electricity network for any potential bushfire hazards.
This year two helicopters will be used to inspect areas of our network in bushfire prone parts of Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter.
Ausgrid Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong said the flights are the safest and most efficient way to inspect high-voltage powerlines.
“Safety is our number one priority and these patrols are a key part of our annual bushfire safety program to identify and rectify any potential defects that might pose a bushfire risk.
“This year for the first time we are using two helicopters at the same time and this will allow the patrols to be finished by the end of June well before the start of bushfire season in October.
“The helicopter crews will be using laser scanning equipment and taking high-resolution photographs to identify any hazards on our poles and wires and trees growing too close to powerlines”, Mr Armstrong said.
Ausgrid will remove or repair any hazards identified on our network during the patrols.
The patrols will also be used to map private poles and powerlines and identify any potential risk in those locations.
If risks are identified on private poles or powerlines Ausgrid will notify property owners they will need to repair any defects using qualified contractors.
The helicopters fly between 15 and 35 kilometres per hour and have been modified to allow for the quietest operation possible.
Flights will begin in Sydney’s south on Monday April 9 before moving to Sydney’s north and the Central Coast while patrols in the Hunter will start on April 30.
Crews will be in the air from about 7.30am to 5.30pm, weather permitting, and may fly low at times, which can startle livestock in rural areas.
- Bell at SXSW 2019
- Bell Boeing JPO Awarded $144M Contract for V-22 Support
- Bell Awarded $440M Contract for AH-1Z Production
- Airbus consolidates its global digital strategy
- Landing Support team completes V-22 night taining
- New CAP 1747 Report Identifies Optimum Strategy for Flight Crew HTAWS Alerts
- Indonesian Army selects 9 Bell 412EPI
- NHV expands executive team
- HAL LCH Demonstrates Unique Capability
- Sikorsky Awarded $7M Contract for CH-53K Systems Modifications
- Adar Poonawalla takes delivery of India’s first ACH145
- Helijet supports Power To Be with new partnership
- HeliOffshore Appoints New Chief Operating Officer
- Unique Aerospace Physiology and Human Performance Update Course to be provided at Heli-Expo 2019
- Triumph Awarded DLA Contract Extension
- Sikorsky grants Make-A-Wish® Foundation with a S-76 ride
- 7 trainee paramedics start at HIOW Air Ambulance
- Bristow FY2019 Q3 earnings release and concall scheduled
- Donate Items to the HFI Silent Auction
- USMC receives last UH-1Y Venom