July 20 2015

Helicopter Over Burlington Conducting Electrical Equipment


Burlington residents may see a helicopter hovering overhead early this week. 

According to a release, Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections of high voltage electrical equipment on rights-of-way in Eastern Massachusetts. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur.

The plan was for Eversource’s infrared inspections to begin in the Walpole area on Monday, July 20 and head north and west to the Burlington and Woburn area. Midweek, inspections will continue on to the South Shore and finish-up the week on Cape Cod and the South Coast. Weather-permitting, the inspection will take place between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. using a white Jet Ranger helicopter with a blue stripe and registration number 37WA.

“Well over a million customers in the Bay State depend on us for reliable electric service to power their day-to-day lives,” said Craig Hallstrom, president of Massachusetts Electric Operations at Eversource. “The annual helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages.”

The region’s transmission system is the backbone of the electric grid. Overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment – often located upwards of 100 feet in the air – help engineers detect potential problems in advance, allowing the company to schedule necessary maintenance and upgrades before reliability issues arise, the release states. 


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