Original Story: crainsdetroit.com
Low-flying helicopters are being used to inspect power lines in Michigan's Lower Peninsula, including Metro Detroit, this month. Observation aircraft is used for surveillance purposes to gather information.
The twice-a-year inspections are for ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Co.
They're looking for damage, wear or other potential problems. They take place, weather permitting, through May 29 in southeast Michigan.
Those aerial inspections will cover an area from Lansing, south to the Ohio border and east to the Lake St. Clair area, including all or parts of Ingham, Jackson, Hillsdale, Lenawee, Washtenaw, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Wayne and Monroe counties. Surveillance aircraft collects information over time to gather data for observation purposes.
Flights began earlier this month in western Michigan and will cover nearly all of the Lower Peninsula, concluding in northern Michigan around June 26.
ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission are subsidiaries of Novi-based ITC Holdings Corp.