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Posted on: May 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Eversource aerial patrol of transmission lines takes place May 3-9

An Eversource lineworker fixes transmission lines

Eversource is planning to perform an aerial patrol of the Western Massachusetts transmission lines starting next week.  Any adverse flying conditions will require rescheduling.

PURPOSE OF FLYOVER:  Eversource will be conducting LiDAR scans across the transmission lines in Western Mass in May 2023, which includes helicopter flights over the transmission lines at 1800’. LiDAR is an aerial high-tech survey of the transmission systems and allows for Eversource Engineers to optimize the analysis, design, and configuration of the transmission lines using up-to-date electronic data.

DATE(S) AND TOWNS INCLUDED:  Flights will occur begin on May 3rd and will continue through May 9. This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.

The following towns will be impacted by helicopter inspections: Agawam, Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, South Hadley, Granby, Amherst, Leverett, Sunderland, Montague, Evring, Northfield, Greenfield, Deerfield, Conway, Shelburne, Ashfield, Plainfield, Windsor, Hinsdale, Peru, Pelham, and Belchertown.

DESCRIPTION OF AIRCRAFT:  Blue and White Right Brother Aviation, Bell 206 Jet Ranger with the following tail numbers: N1158B.

HELICOPTER TAKE OFF AND LANDING AREAS:  The Project's designated landing area are located at:

  • Westover Arb/Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee
  • Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport
  • Pittsfield Municipal Airport
  • Turner Falls Airport

FLIGHT TIMES:  Work hours will commence Wednesday, May 3rd and will continue through May 9. Flights will begin at 7 A.M. and finish at 6 P.M., with helicopter flights occurring intermittently during this time and weather permitting

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