As part of our bushfire safety program, Ausgrid crews are using a helicopter to inspect live powerlines in bushfire-prone areas. Using the helicopter is the safest and most efficient way to closely inspect these power lines.
Crews use laser scanning equipment and take high-resolution photographs from the helicopter to identify any potential bushfire hazards. The radar measures the distance between tree branches and powerlines, and the photos allow crews to inspect equipment such as cross arms, conductors and insulators.
The helicopters often fly low and slowly to make sure crews can pinpoint any defects, and flying at this altitude may startle livestock.
These aerial patrols are dependent on the weather but a guide for when the helicopter may be in your local area appears below. In some areas where poles are not clearly visible from the air our crews may need to complete ground patrols to check for any pole defects or vegetation growing too close to live wires.
Crews are starting in Block 1, shown on the map below, on 1 May 2017 and will make their way through the rest of the areas over the following weeks.
For more information about our flight schedule please telephone 13 13 65.