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Helicopter Scheduled To Buzz Powerlines This Week

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If you spot a black helicopter overhead June 12 or 14, it could be the one scheduled to conduct aerial patrols for the electric company.

JCP&L has planned its “aerial patrols” to spot vegetation that could pose a problem for the power lines.

The utility announced it will begin its annual patrols June 12 through 14.

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“Patrols are intended to identify conditions that may be a threat to the safety and reliability of the transmission system,” announced JCP&L/First Energy in its public service message released today.

The electric company is using Haverfield Aviation as its helicopter company. The helicopter will inspect

all JCP&L Transmission Lines while in contact with local airports’ airspace.

The helicopter will be flying at a speed of about 35-40 mph above or alongside the lines and may circle around for a closer inspection.

The black MD500 helicopter is also identifiable with a red stripe and a tail number N5027P.