National Grid will launch an aerial inspection of all high-voltage power lines beginning Monday, June 8, 2015 through mid-August, 2015. Using continuous infra-red imaging, the Aerial Inspection Program will cover all transmission lines across Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont. Safety will be the #1 priority in all areas of this work.

Melrose is included in the inspection program.


National Grid’s certified contractor, JBI Helicopters of New Hampshire, will perform the aerial inspection using its fleet of Bell Jet-Ranger helicopters. Jet-Ranger helicopters are primarily painted blue and yellow with occasional yellow or red striping. Distinctive tail numbers may include:

  • N868JB White /Blue & Yellow Striping
  • N801JB Blue / Yellow
  • N803JB Blue / Yellow
  • N800JB Blue / Yellow
  • N64JB Blue / Yellow
  • N445JB Blue / Yellow
  • N219CT White /Blue & Red Striping 

If you have any questions regarding the Aerial Inspection Program, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-322-3223 or your National Grid Community & Customer Manager.

John Guilfoil is the Principal Owner of JGPR. Tweet @johnguilfoil or email him.

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