Indiana Michigan Power will conduct aerial inspections of its high-voltage lines from helicopters beginning Aug. 5. The inspections help maintain the reliability of the electric transmission system. The flights are scheduled to inspect transmission lines in I&M’s Indiana service territory, which includes Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana; South Bend and North Central Indiana; and Muncie and East Central Indiana.
The approximate dates for inspections by area are: South Bend and North Central Indiana: Aug. 5 -17, Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana: Aug. 17- 24, Muncie and East Central Indiana: Aug. 24- Sept. 13.
I&M’s contractor will conduct the inspections from helicopters. The aircraft will fly about 50-100 feet above the lines at a speed of 40-45 mph, covering about 350 miles each day. During inspections, helicopters may need to circle a single structure or area several times to check the condition of electrical equipment.
Flights are scheduled to occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weather delays could alter flight schedules. Customers with questions or concerns about aerial inspections should contact I&M at 1-800-311-4634.