Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), will conduct helicopter aerial inspections of its high-voltage lines throughout April as part of its ongoing program to maintain the reliability of the electric transmission system.
The flights will inspect transmission lines in and around Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Muncie, Indiana, as well as in areas within Ohio and Michigan.
The approximate inspection dates run from April 1 through April 25. Weather delays could alter flight schedules by a day or two in each area.
I&M will use a Bell Jet Ranger helicopter with a burgundy/white color scheme and silver stripes (tail number N54DE). It will fly about 50-100 feet above the lines at a speed of 40-45 mph, covering about 350 miles each day. During inspections, the helicopter may need to circle a single structure/area several times to check the condition of electrical equipment.
Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,500 employees serve more than 582,000 customers. It operates 3,595 MW of coal-fired generation in Indiana, 2,110 MW of nuclear power in Michigan and 22 MW of hydropower in both states. The company also provides its customers 250 MW of purchased wind power.
I&M is a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states.
AEP owns nearly 39,000 MW of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also, a nearly 39,000-mile owns electricity transmission system. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and about 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas.
AEP's utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP's headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio.