Bernards Township is alerting residents that they may notice slow-moving helicopters overhead, starting today. JCP&L contracts with Haverfield Aviation to perform aerial inspections of its transmission lines at least twice per year to check the reliability of the high-voltage system.
According to Haverfield, the fleet was recently repainted and the choppers are now the color black.
The Routine Aerial Inspections in the JCP&L region typically require about 12-15 days for completion, so the aerial patrols are expected to last into the last week of the month depending of course on weather conditions, as well as other scheduling needs.
The helicopter will be flying slowly (20-30 mph) along the lines, and may hover at any time for a closer inspection.
The helicopter scheduled for these patrols is a light blue with dark blue tail, MD 500 , w/ registration (tail) number N721RP.