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Posted on: October 5, 2020

Aerial LiDAR Data Acquisition Patrols on FirstEnergy Transmission Lines Starting October 7, 2020

Bell Long Ranger 206L - N461RA - whate and black

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, GeoDigital Inc., an authorized FirstEnergy contractor, will be performing aerial LiDAR data acquisition patrols on FirstEnergy transmission and sub-transmission facilities in the Cecil township area. The work is performed as part of our ongoing vegetation management program. Vegetation Management LiDAR Patrols gather information pertaining to corridor conditions and identify any vegetation conditions warranting further inspection. The patrol employs the use of infrared and corona cameras mounted on the bottom of the helicopter that enables the onboard observer to inspect the transmission line(s) through the infrared and ultraviolet spectrum. The helicopter may be seen hovering to get a closer look at any conditions that may be found during inspection. 

The patrols are expected to last several weeks but as always, inclement weather or any non-routine conditions could delay or prolong the completion of the work.  

The helicopter to be used for these patrols is a black and white Bell Long Ranger 206L, with tail number N461RA (See photo to the right). The pilot of the acquisition aircraft will be in communication with any local airports when in their airspace.  The aircraft will be approximately 300-400 feet above the transmission lines and may circle around as needed. 

The contractor has been authorized to patrol the transmission circuits in their entirety, 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 and the FCC.  

 

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