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Powerline inspections by helicopter

Helicopter inspections provide a bird’s eye view of the network to identify any obvious faults or potential defects we might miss from the ground. Not all inspections can be done by helicopter and will be patrolled from the ground if required.

Aerial patrols also form part of our annual maintenance program to inspect our powerlines and other assets in bushfire risk areas. We do this to ensure our network is safe and reliable, and meets the higher demand for power in the warmer months.

Risks we look for include:

  • vegetation close to powerlines
  • birds’ nests
  • low hanging powerlines
  • damaged equipment.
     

Using a helicopter also reduces the impact on properties as there’s no need to drive through paddocks or crops. We recommend moving livestock from paddocks with powerlines when we’re doing inspections in your area, as the helicopter may hover at low heights.


Dates for powerline inspections by helicopter

We conduct aerial inspections of powerlines across different regions of South Australia according to the schedule below. Powerline inspections via helicopter typically start from mid-May and will be comlpeted prior to the start of the CFS fire danger season dates. Please note that dates are approximate and are subject to change.

See the scheduled dates for your region below.

Eyre and Upper North 

District Date*
Ceduna 17 May - 30 May
Cleve 21 June - 18 July
Cummins 7 June - 27 June
Hawker 31 May - 6 June
Port Augusta  31 May - 13 June
Port Lincoln  9 August - 15 August
Streaky Bay  24 May - 6 June
Wudinna  19 July - 8 August

 

Fleurieu and Barossa

District Date*
Gawler 6 September - 19 September
Kangaroo Island 20 September - 3 October
Mclaren Vale 25 October - 31 October
Nuriootpa 23 August - 5 September
Strathalbyn 18 October - 31 October
Victor Harbor 4 October -17 October

 

Hills and Metro

District Date*
Gumeracha 25 October - 31 October
Metro 33/66kv 25 October - 31 October
Mount Barker 25 October - 31 October
Noarlunga 25 October - 31 October

 

Mid North

District Date*
Burra 31 May - 13 June
Clare 17 May - 6 June
Gladstone 14 June - 4 July
Kadina 5 July - 1 August
Maitland 26 July - 8 August
Port Pirie 7 June - 13 June
Riverton 7 June - 4 July
Yorketown 2 August - 22 August

 

Murrayland

District Date*
Coonalpyn 16 August - 5 September
Lameroo 6 September - 19 September
Mannum 20 September - 3 October
Murray Bridge 4 October - 24 October

 

Riverland

District Date*
Barmera 20 September - 26 September
Loxton 20 September - 10 October
Waikerie 4 October - 24 October

 

South East

Dsitrict Date*
Bordertown 5 July - 25 July
Millicent 6 September - 19 September
Mount Gambier 16 August - 5 September
Naracoorte 26 July - 22 August

 

* Dates are subject to change.

Not all inspections can be done by helicopter and some areas will be patrolled from the ground if required. We may need access to your property in some instances.