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Posted on: January 20, 2023

Community Advisory: Helicopter Inspecting JCP&L Transmission Lines Starting Fri., 1/20 for Six Weeks

JCPL Helicopter January 2023_news

Jersey Central Power & Light Advisory


Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) would like to advise the community that Chesapeake Bay Helicopters will be mobilizing to the JCP&L Region to begin performing comprehensive visual inspections (CVIs) on all JCP&L 500kV and 230kV lines. These inspections are expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. However, any storm or outage-related patrols could prolong completion. The helicopters to be used for these patrols are as follows:

  • White with black and red stripes, Hughes MD500 with red tail registration number N717MA JCPL helicopter January 2023

A comprehensive visual inspection (CVI) is a slow, structure-by-structure, span-by-span inspection where the inspector onboard the helicopter gets a thorough look from top to bottom of each structure, associated hardware, and conductors of the transmission line(s). The helicopter will be moving very slowly along each of the transmission lines and will often be seen hovering while carrying out these inspections.

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