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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 of 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 completed 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 2022 inspections in your region below.

Inspections map

Aerial inspections by helicopter map of South Australia

Eyre and Upper North 

District Date*
Ceduna 2 May - 15 May
Cleve 30 May - 26 June
Cummins 16 May - 5 June
Hawker 8 August - 14 August
Port Augusta  1 August - 7 August
Port Lincoln  25 July - 31 July
Streaky Bay  9 May - 22 May
Wudinna  4 July - 24 July

 

Fleurieu and Barossa

District Date*
Gawler 9 September - 2 October
Kangaroo Island 20 September - 3 October
Mclaren Vale 26 September - 9 October
Nuriootpa 23 August - 5 September
Strathalbyn 3 October - 16 October
Victor Harbor 19 September - 2 October

 

Hills and Metro

District Date*
Gumeracha 10 October - 16 October
Metro 33/66kv 10 October - 16 October
Mount Barker 10 October - 16 October
Noarlunga 10 October - 16 October

 

Mid North

District Date*
Burra 16 May - 29 May
Clare 2 May - 22 May
Gladstone 27 June - 17 July
Kadina 18 July - 14 August
Maitland 8 August - 21 August
Port Pirie 29 June - 26 July
Riverton 23 May - 19 June
Yorketown 15 August - 4 September

 

Murrayland

District Date*
Coonalpyn 15 August - 4 September
Lameroo 5 September - 18 September
Mannum 3 October - 16 October
Murray Bridge 19 September - 9 October

 

Riverland

District Date*
Barmera 15 August - 21 August
Loxton 22 August - 28 August
Waikerie 29 August - 18 September

 

South East

District Date*
Bordertown 9 May - 29 May
Millicent 1 August - 14 August
Mount Gambier 18 July - 31 July
Naracoorte 30 May - 26 June

 

* 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.