Robert writes...

The following is information only in case you see or hear the helicopter.

 

TECO TO USE HELICOPTERS FOR AERIAL INSPECTIONS

TEMPLE TERRACE, FL. – (11/30/12) – Low-flying helicopters will be seen hovering over

transmission poles and towers in Temple Terrace during the next couple of weeks, but residents

should not be alarmed. It’s part of TECO’s ongoing inspection of transmission equipment.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 and continue for about nine days during daylight hours.

Crews will survey about 1,200 transmission structures, or approximately 5 percent of the system,

according to a news release from the electric company.

A low-flying helicopter will hover for a short time about 150 to 300 feet above the ground near

each structure. These inspections are expected to be completed by Dec. 11, weather permitting.

The inspections are taking place along Tampa Electric Co.’s urban rights of way. Some

inspections will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods. Local law enforcement

officials will be notified of the inspections.

The company plans to start the project in Temple Terrace and East Tampa. In coming days, the

surveys will reach all central and south Tampa neighborhoods. Haverfield Aviation, of

Gettysburg, Pa., will conduct the inspections. The inspections are part of the company’s routine

transmission maintenance and occur on a six-year cycle.