WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s the first year Eversource contracted with Haverfield Aviation to take pictures of their transmission lines.
“Never a dull moment,” said Haverfield Aviation’s James Lee. He’s a foreman who finds his job ‘electrifying.’ Lee said, “I love flying.”
With a harness and helmet, he sits on the edge of a helicopter and gets within feet of the power lines to snap pictures with his binoculars and camera.
“Rather than do it from a bucket, I’m doing it from an aircraft,” Lee said. “We’re looking for maintenance issues.”
Lee will take pictures of about 600 miles of lines. The spokesperson for Eversource, Frank Poirot said he could not provide how much the service costs, but says it will improve reliability and help keep their employees safe. Since 2008, he says there’s been a push from the federal government to improve reliability for customers.
“So, we’ll have a collection of high resolution images for our maintenance people. When we run into a problem when there’s a storm. We’ll know immediately what’s out in the field,” said Poirot.
“It improves our reliability and it’s also our safety as well,” said Eversource’s J.C. Zwick.
Lee said, “As everyone knows the grid system in the United States is getting older and so you’ll have more issues the older it gets.”
Next week they’re doing infrared inspections from the Connecticut skies hoping to find and fix any hot spots.