Topeka, Kan., March 20, 2017 – Beginning Tuesday a specially equipped helicopter will fly along sections of Westar Energy’s transmission system. The images it captures will help identify areas that may need maintenance and create a more modern record of the transmission system.
“These flights provide a more precise and searchable visual record of the transmission system, which improves our efficiency and reliability,” Kelly Harrison, vice president, transmission, said. “We also want to let everyone know about this work so they are not concerned if they see the helicopter flying along transmission lines.”
Flights are planned through early April. Flights will generally be from two hours after dawn until two hours before sunset and may occur on the weekends. The flight schedule begins with work in south-central Kansas, then progresses through southeast and northeast Kansas, including the Topeka and Atchison areas.
The small blue, white and yellow helicopter will be flown for the reliability project.
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