That Low Flying Helicopter? It Was PG&E’s
Yes, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) conducted low-level helicopter patrols today in lower Humboldt and Mendocino Counties to inspect electric distribution lines for maintenance. A helicopter flew low, around 500 feet over Bridgeville and then also from Alderpoint to Briceland to Cummings and areas in between. PG&E patrols remote power lines by helicopter as part of its continuing effort to ensure safety and reliability of its electric system. If there are issues identified, it’s possible the helicopter flew at a lower altitude.
PG&E patrols and inspects all of its lines annually – nearly 134,000 miles – to ensure safety and reliability, and to identify equipment in need of repair. This allows PG&E to proactively schedule repairs that might otherwise result in power outages. In rough country, or such remote areas, the most efficient and sometimes only way to accomplish this is by helicopter.
PG&E uses a helicopter company to fly the PG&E inspectors. The same helicopters used for the patrols may have been used by other organizations for different purposes.