Omaha Public Power District regularly inspects its transmission lines and equipment to ensure power is there for our customers when they need it. We know that’s more important than ever, with so many working or attending school from home.
The latest round of inspections is expected to kick off this afternoon, by air. The survey, which will be conducted by helicopter, is expected to take five days. The precise schedule and flight path is subject to weather conditions.
OPPD contracts helicopters to survey various portions of the 1,280 miles of transmission lines that serve our 13-county service territory. Aerial surveys have proven to be the quickest and lowest-cost method to spot potential problems in the district’s transmission system.
For this inspection, the helicopter will be used to conduct a survey of 161-kilovolt (kV) and 345 kV lines throughout the rural portion of our service territory.
OPPD personnel will be riding in the helicopter to complete the inspections. As needed, personnel on the ground are notified of inspection findings, allowing them to make arrangements for any necessary repairs.
While the district will be conducting this round of inspections using a contracted helicopter, OPPD also has an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at its disposal, depending on specific inspection needs and distances.
State and local law enforcement and aviation agencies are notified and updated of the helicopter flight path and timelines as inspections progress.