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Adams Electric to begin helicopter patrols

Adams Electric will begin its 2017 aerial inspections next week, patrolling critical overhead distribution lines and equipment.

Weather permitting; the patrols are scheduled to begin Feb. 6, in portions of Adams County which are served by the cooperative. The aerial inspections will then move to York County, and finally lower Cumberland and upper Franklin counties.

Critical overhead lines that feed power to the co-op’s substations and metering points in Adams Electric’s York and Shippensburg districts will be inspected, as well as all overhead lines and equipment in the co-op’s Gettysburg District.

The co-op has conducted aerial inspections every year since 1996. According to Mike Feathers, operations coordinator, the inspections are expected to average 6-8 hours a day on weekdays, when weather conditions are appropriate, until all areas have been reviewed.

The cooperative has contracted with Pine Bottom Aviation of Martinsburg, Pa., to conduct the inspections, which will begin each day at approximately 8:30 a.m.

The crew, two line personnel and the pilot, will try to avoid flying over congested areas and hovering over agricultural operations. As always, the public is encouraged to help keep an eye on the power lines and equipment and report any problems immediately by calling 717/334-9211 or toll-free 888/232-6732.

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