AERIAL POWERLINE PATROL
Reliability is what it's all about when it comes to transmission power lines. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Regulations and Standards and North American Reliability Corporation (NERC) Compliance issues for electric power lines have caused aerial patrols to become more important among electric utilities. That's where Fostaire can help.
Through our powerline patrols we can inspect the condition of the infrastructure. Aerial patrols can also play an integral part in your Vegetation Management Program by supplying the information needed to implement an effective plan to prevent contact with lines and ensure proper clearances.
Fostaire could save you millions of dollars.
Trees can pose a danger to lines that could cost utilities millions of dollars in repair and outages. You can also be liable for steep penalties and subject to litigation due to improper maintenance. Fostaire powerline patrols can help you avoid trouble before it happens. After all, as the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". Best of all, we can customize our patrols to fit your exact needs and budget.
How our aerial patrols work.
The capability, versatility and cost effectiveness of helicopters make them ideal for inspecting all powerline structures, whether through a slow fly-by or a more detailed hover inspection.
Our helicopter hovers as close to each structure as safety allows, while your experienced power line personnel inspect the infrastructure. Based on customer feedback it has been determined that helicopter inspections are more thorough and cost effective than those done on the ground.
Here's a list of items that can be inspected through from the air:
- Static/Phase Line Saddle Pins
- Loose Bolts/Nuts
- Tree Clearance
- Ground Wire Connections
- Woodpecker Holes
- Insulator Condition
- Shield/Phase Line Lightning Strikes
Fostaire's industry experience with a number of technical and professional service providers, means we can also help you with a wide range of other services, including conducting infrared inspections, corona inspections, LiDAR and GIS data acquisition, preliminary route studies, design services and legal boundary issues regarding survey matters.
GIS ENCODED VIDEO PATROL
Fostaire has the ability to provide HD 1080p video of any subject matter for our customers. This video is a powerful tool for companies in the utility industry due to its GIS encoding. During the playback of the video the viewer can pause and note the lattitude/longitude of an area of interest. Whether documentation, post project clean up, row clearings, proposed right aways, or potential impacts to environmentally senstitive areas, their potential applications are limitless.
AERIAL PIPELINE PATROL
Fostaire provides both scheduled and on-demand pipeline patrols for our customers in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries. Aerial patrol of pipelines is an effective means of quickly inspecting large areas of pipeline. By flying slower, lower, and with added visibility in a helicopter, you can see more problematic situations before they turn into costly pipeline leaks.
Routine and On-Demand Inspections
Normally scheduled patrols typically focus on observing changes in the area and potential problems we might see, such as construction equipment operating near pipelines. Our patrols can cover any specific need you may have, whether for environmental reasons or regulatory changes. We often do emergency patrols due to natural disasters such as floods, tornados and even earthquakes. This allows you to determine if any damage has occurred as quickly as possible, so repairs can be made with the least amount of impact to the public and the environment.
Here are a few of the problems we look for:
- Pipeline leaks
- Sunken backfill
- Exposed Pipe
- Evidence of Encroachments onto the right-of-way
- Land Erosion
- Broken Terraces
- Construction or excavation on or adjacent to the right-of-way
- Evidence of heavy traffic across the right-of-way
Well-maintained aircraft and experienced pilots
Fostaire's well-maintained aircraft and experienced pilot staff are ideal for the type of flying required in pipeline/powerline patrol. Our aircraft undergo an exhaustive preventive maintenance program, which minimizes the risks involved in flying in close proximity to the ground and structures along pipelines. Fostaire pilots are also trained in aerial imaging. So, we can provide digital photographs of any problem areas.
A MORE COST-EFFECTIVE PATROL SERVICE
We provide a more cost-effective patrol service than our competitors by incorporating several pipeline patrols into each daily flight mission, when feasible. This also allows us to share overhead costs of insurance, maintenance and associated labor costs of mechanics, ground support and administrative personnel over a broader client base.