You’re not paranoid… that really is a helicopter following you

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Beginning Monday, April 26, PG&E will conduct aerial patrols of gas transmission pipelines in Sonoma County and the North Bay, with helicopters flying as low as 300 to 500 feet and a fixed-wing aircraft.

PG&E will also be patrolling lines in Vallejo, Marin and Napa counties.

The low-flying Lasen helicopter will inspect transmission lines through the end of the month. These flights are Monday through Sunday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., said PG&E in a press release.

A pilot and two observers will be in three small airplanes flying through North Bay counties at about 7,000 to 9,000 feet inspecting gas transmission lines. Using GPS and live video, crews use “state-of-the-art leak detection technology to find gas indications,” according to the statement.

If gas is detected, PG&E personnel are sent to the field to follow up, the company said. “The observer in each helicopter also uses a GPS-enabled tablet with mapping data to help identify safety concerns that would prohibit access to the pipeline.”

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