March 16 - 27: Hawaiian Electric aerial line inspections with drones, helicopter in Central and West Maui areas

Release Date: 3/5/2020

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KAHULUI, March 5, 2020 - Hawaiian Electric will be using unmanned aircraft, or drones, and a helicopter to perform aerial power line inspections between Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the West Maui and Central Maui areas and weather permitting.

As part of the aerial survey, documentation will be done with a remote light detection and ranging surveying instrument to provide updated maps of the island's transmission lines and other electrical infrastructure.

A helicopter will also be assessing spans of electrical equipment in areas with certain air space regulations or limited functioning ranges for the drone operators.

The drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are being used by Hawaiian Electric as a cost-effective measure when accessing and inspecting its electrical equipment in remote areas or challenging terrains, for increased employee safety, and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The Hawaiian Electric UAS program is in full compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration rules and has developed safety, training, operating and privacy procedures to make sure the unmanned aircraft are flown with the highest regard for the safety of the public and crews.