Utility Helicopter Inspecting BGE Electric Transmission Lines in March 2015
Westminster, MD
03/11/2015 12:03 PM

WHO: BGE and utility helicopter contractor Catalyst Aviation


WHAT: BGE will be using a utility helicopter contractor (see photo of helicopter to be used) to inspect BGE electric transmission equipment, including towers, poles and wires in the central Maryland service area. Area residents and motorists may see the helicopter hovering near power lines and rights of way or following a flight path along electric transmission rights of way. The helicopter may be seen hovering over individual transmission towers for several minutes before moving to the next piece of equipment.


WHEN: The inspections that require the use of a helicopter are expected to be completed in March, weather permitting. The majority of the work will take place weekdays, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with some occasional weekend and late afternoon work required.


WHERE: Helicopter inspections will take place along BGE electric transmission rights of way in Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Calvert County, Carroll County and Frederick County. BGE has approximately 1,300 circuit miles of high voltage overhead electric transmission lines in central Maryland.


WHY: The inspection is part of BGE’s focus on continued electric service reliability for customers. The helicopter will be used to photograph BGE electric towers and equipment. The helicopter provides an aerial perspective on equipment and allows BGE to inspect the system more efficiently than using ground inspections alone. BGE crews will also continue to inspect power lines and equipment from the ground. The aerial images and ground surveys will be reviewed by BGE to identify any worn or damaged equipment that then will be scheduled for repair or replacement.

Aaron Koos
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