Helicopters and drones are used to inspect [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]Southern California Edison[/mks_highlight] equipment along the south coast. The company says that the aerial inspections will help to provide a more complete picture of the work that’s performed between [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]Carpinteria and Goleta[/mks_highlight].
Drones used to inspect Southern California Edison equipment
Helicopters and drones are used by Southern California Edison to conduct aerial inspections of electrical equipment across [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]Santa Barbara County’s South Coast[/mks_highlight].
Company spokesman [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]David Song[/mks_highlight] said that the drone inspections will continue “probably for another couple of weeks.” He also pointed out that [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]drones in the air can get into all the nooks and crannies that helicopters can not[/mks_highlight].
About 75% of all the aerial inspection work is done by helicopters and [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]only about a quarter is performed by drones[/mks_highlight], he added according to Noozhawk.
“There’s a lot of things you can see from that vantage point that you can’t from the ground,” Song said. “We do cover a lot with ground-based inspections, but we want to ensure we have a complete picture of all our equipment.”
As of last year, Southern California Edison started conducting aerial inspections for all electrical equipment in [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]high fire-risk areas[/mks_highlight]. In its surface area, the company is responsible for [mks_highlight color=”#ffff00″]1.4 million utility poles in its service area which spans 50,000 mi.² along coastal, central and Southern California.[/mks_highlight]
“We are going to great lengths, rightfully so, to inspect our equipment,” Song said. “This is for the safety of the communities we serve. We don’t want our equipment to be the source of ignition for a Wildfire. We feel conducting aerial inspections is a key part of that, so if we do find problems, we can remediate issues right away.”
Flying drones as a career?
If you want to turn your hobby into your career, practice how to fly your drone safely, and learn what it takes to get your Part 107, be sure to check out the excellent training modules from The Drone U.
Stay in touch!
Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*
Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them here. Support DroneXL.co: You can support DroneXL.co by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.
* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.
Photo: Southern California Edison