How many times have you been reading through the Grand Blanc, Flint or Saginaw City Facebook Groups to have someone ask:

  • What was that loud boom?
  • Why is there a helicopter in the air?

Half the time it's nothing crazy. Now, you will be seeing more helicopters around Mid-Michigan for a bit.

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Why are helicopters flying so low?

Sometimes a Michigan State Police chopper is looking for someone, of course. Or a medical helicopter is making a life-saving flight.

But the reason you'll be seeing a new, curious helicopter behavior is for non-crime or health related reasons.

This time, it's for aerial inspections of high-voltage power lines, according to ABC12-TV.

High Voltage Power Line Maintenance

A company named, ITC, manages thousands of miles of transmission lines for electricity throughout Mid-Michigan. They're responsible for lines throughout the Midwest and plains, too.

Earlier this year they used helicopters to inspect lines. This fall they'll be doing it again.

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Schedule for ITC Helicopter Power Line Inspections

ITC Michigan says it serves a population of 4.9 million people throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan.

Look for these flights over the next month in the following counties according to WJRT-TV:

  • September 11-14 in the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Roscommon
  • Gratiot, Isabella September 18-20
  • Lapeer, Midland, Tuscola, Genesee, Huron, Sanilac, Shiawassee October 2-6.

Flight inspection will happen during these times, as weather allows.

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So, when someone paranoid asks what's with the low-flying helicopters, you can tell them it's not anything nefarious.

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