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    I&M To Use Drone To Inspect Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission Line

    September 29, 2022 - Targeted News Service


      FORT WAYNE, Indiana, Sept. 29 -- Indiana Michigan Power, an American Electric Power company, issued the following news release:

      Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) will use an aerial drone to inspect a transmission line east of Fort Wayne on Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

      The drone inspection of wires and poles will take place on the first section of the Eastern Fort Wayne Transmission project. The drone will fly between a substation southeast of New Haven, near U.S. 30 and Webster Road, to a substation northeast of New Haven, near I-469 and U.S. 24.

      These inspections help I&M to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the area's transmission system. The aerial drone will capture high-resolution video images of the newly constructed, 4.2-mile section of the Eastern Fort Wayne Project line and its 23 new poles to confirm its condition. Inspection crews will use existing roads or lanes to access the power line route.

      Landowners along the path of the line received written notice of the inspection.

      Safety is the top priority for I&M. A licensed operator pilots the drone, assisted by a camera operator/inspector on the ground. Inspection teams follow all FAA rules, including the requirement that the pilot maintain line of sight to the drone at all times. The inspection team will travel along the rights-of-way near the transmission lines. I&M has contracted with Commonwealth Associates of Michigan, a company with experience in drone inspections of utility lines, to manage the aerial inspection.

      Inspections are scheduled to begin Thursday and conclude Friday, though weather conditions could extend the timetable.

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