3/22/2011

I&M CONDUCTS AERIAL INSPECTIONS

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will conduct helicopter aerial inspections of its high-voltage lines throughout the next several weeks as part of its ongoing program to maintain the reliability of the electric transmission system.

The flights will inspect transmission lines in and around western Ohio (March 28-April 1); east central and southern Indiana (April 4-11); northeast Indiana (April 12-20); and northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan (April 21-29).

I&M will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter with a burgundy/white color scheme and silver stripes. It will fly about 50-100 feet above the lines at a speed of 40 – 45 mph, covering about 350 miles each day. During inspections, the helicopter may need to circle a single structure/area several times to check the condition of electrical equipment.

Flights will be completed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Weather delays could alter flight schedules by a day or two in each area.

Customers with questions or concerns about aerial inspections should contact I&M at 1-800-311-4634 (Indiana) or 1-800-311-6424 (Michigan).

Marta Elliott
(574) 236-4965