MORRIS COUNTY, NJ - Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) will be performing Helicopter patrols of transmission lines beginning March 3rd through approximately March 24th, weather permitting, announced the utility company.
Haverfield Helicopter will begin performing routine patrols on all 115KV, 230KV and 500kV transmission lines, in the Morris County area. Depending on the weather, the patrols are expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
Madison residents should be aware that a black and silver Hughes MD500 Helicopter with tail registration number N774CB and a blue, Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter with tail registration number N719CB will be used.
According to JCP&L, routine patrol is a general, overall look at the transmission line, right-of-way, structures, and all associated hardware where the inspection crew is trying to look for any obvious/outstanding maintenance conditions. A Routine Patrol is typically flown around 25-30 knots (30-35mph) but the helicopter may be seen hovering or circling structures or spans of a transmission line to get a better look at any conditions found during the patrol(s).