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PG&E helicopter inspections planned across the Central Coast

Posted at 5:55 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 20:55:51-04

Starting this week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) crews and contractors will be working in helicopters to inspect power lines, poles, transmission towers, and electric substations in certain areas around the Central Coast.

The inspections will allow PG&E to get a look at the equipment from above.

PG&E says some of the inspections are routine while others will be focused on wildfire safety.

From April 12-13, inspections will occur over electrical substations in Cambria, San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, Lompoc, and Buellton.

From April 15-18, aerial patrols of distribution lines and poles will occur in Creston, Huasna, the Figueroa Mountain area, and between Lompoc and Solvang.

From April 29-May 6, inspections will occur over transmission towers and lines throughout both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

PG&E says the flights will typically occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The helicopters will be about 250 feet above ground and may hover over the same area for up to 10 minutes or make repeat passes along the same set of lines.