Eversource will be flying helicopters to conduct aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment throughout western Massachusetts that began Tuesday.

This type of inspection uses special heat-sensing imaging equipment, capturing images not visable to the naked eye, according to a release sent to 22News by Eversource. The helicopter being used are described as blue and silver with the tail number N1431W.

“With more than 400 miles of transmission wires on rights-of-way across western Massachusetts, these helicopter inspections are a crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages. Well over a million customers in the commonwealth depend on us for their electric service. To ensure they have energy for every moment of their lives, we’re continuously working to keep the electric system operating safely and reliably.” said Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations Craig Hallstrom.

The inspections are scheduled to take place Tuesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the following towns and cities

  • Agawam
  • Amherst
  • Ashfield
  • Becket
  • Belchertown
  • Blandford
  • Cheshire
  • Chicopee
  • Conway
  • Dalton
  • East Longmeadow
  • Erving
  • Granby
  • Granville
  • Greenfield
  • Hampden
  • Hancock
  • Hinsdale
  • Lanesborough
  • Lee
  • Lenox
  • Leverett
  • Longmeadow
  • Ludlow
  • Montague
  • Northfield
  • Otis
  • Pelham
  • Peru
  • Pittsfield
  • Plainfield
  • Russell
  • Shelburne
  • Shutesbury
  • Southwick 
  • Springfield
  • Warwick
  • Wendell
  • West Springfield
  • Westfield
  • Wilbraham
  • Windsor