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 9 April 2018 and will make their way through the rest of the areas over the following months. We expect to have finished our inspections by the end of June. More information to follow for Central Coast and Hunter regions.

LiDAR helicopter fly overs

 Blocks Scheduled start date Scheduled end date  Location
1 9 April 2018 11 April 2018  Engadine, Heathcote,Waterfall, Bundeena, Maianbar
2 12 April 2018 18 April 2018  Dural,Cherrybrook, Westleigh, Thornleigh,Turramurra,West Pennant Hills,Turramurra, Epping,St Ives,Belrose, Oxford Falls, Collaroy, Dee Why, Eastwood, Carlingford
3 19 April 2018 30 April 2018  Berwora Waters, Cowan, Berowra Heights,Berowra, Berrilee, Fiddletown,Arcadia, Galston, Hornsby Heights, Mount Colah,Mount Kuring-gai,Cottage Point, North Turramurra, St Ives Chase, Duffys Forest, Terrey Hills, Ingleside, Church Point, Pittwater water access suburbs, Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Bilgola,Elanora Heights, Warriewood, North Narrabeen