Bushfire helicopter patrols

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 months. We expect to have finished our inspections by the start of September. 

For more information about our flight schedule please telephone 13 13 65.

 Blocks Scheduled start date Scheduled end date
 1 - 8  1 May 2017  24 May 2017
9-13  25 May 2017 29 July 2017
14-15 19 June 2017 5 August 2017
16-19  6 August 2017 19 August 2017
 20-22  20 August  2017 27 August 2017