OPPD conducting helicopter surveys of transmission lines

Photo: Omaha Public Power District

(Omaha, NE) -- A low flying helicopter may be seen around the Omaha metro this week.

The Omaha Public Power District says it will be conducting aerial surveys of various transmission lines and equipment, starting Thursday. OPPD says the surveys are expected to take about three days to complete. During this time, the public may notice a helicopter hovering in the proximity of power lines at locations throughout OPPD's 13-county service territory.

OPPD says it completes this specific type of survey annually to examine transmission line clearances. The district says it’s conducted to meet regulatory requirements, as well as to provide modeling for the utility’s planning purposes. The helicopter collects Light Detection and Ranging information that OPPD can use when designing power lines in the future.

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