Helicopter inspections of power assets in Eastern Victoria to begin

23 March 2018

Low-flying helicopter inspections across Eastern Victoria will begin next week as part of AusNet’ intensive and ongoing maintenance and bushfire mitigation work.

Over a number of days, a specialist inspection team will fly above high-voltage powerlines, taking aerial photos of poles.

The photos will then be analysed to determine if maintenance work is needed.

AusNet owns and operates more than 52,000 kilometres of powerlines and 400,000 power poles in Victoria’s east. As part of an intensive inspection program, these assets are regularly inspected by ground or air.

AusNet’ Customer and Community Manager, Gareth Downes, said the aerial surveillance program was integral to keeping the network safe and reducing the risk of powerline fires.

“Large parts of our network are located in steep or bushy areas and can be difficult to access and inspect by ground crews,” Mr Downes said.

“By using a helicopter, our team is able to fly quickly along large stretches of poles and wires that are in challenging and difficult terrain.

AusNet operates the helicopter between 8am and 4pm, flying with custom blades that minimise noise. The helicopter flies at approximately 400 feet above ground level over electricity poles.

“We thank the community for their patience and understanding during this important work,” Mr Downes said.

As weather conditions may change our aerial inspection schedule, stay up to date with the latest in your area. Follow our updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Planned flight schedule (may change due to weather conditions)

DateWeek Commencing 26/03/2018
AreaTraralgon, Hazelwood North, Bairnsdale, Bruthen, Nowa Nowa, Newmerella, Cann River, Ensay

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