Heads up: Helicopter flights over transmission lines next week

by Rachel Hansen | Jun 17, 2021

Residents may see a helicopter flying low and slowly along transmission lines June 24-28, depending on weather conditions.

The flight will follow power lines from Anderson Canyon in Peshastin to the top of Stevens Pass, and from Coles Corner to Lake Wenatchee and Plain.

The flight crew will use Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology to collect high-definition information about the lines and equipment, and to identify areas to trim back trees and vegetation away from the lines.

The contractor will follow all guidelines established by the Federal Aviation Administration, and the aircraft will be operated by pilots specially trained for low-level flying.

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