Outpost file photo of a PG&E chopper. | Luke Patterson


Press release from PG&E:

EUREKA, Calif. — As part of its ongoing efforts to keep customers safe, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will use helicopters to conduct maintenance work on a transmission line in Humboldt County. The company will use helicopters to conduct work on the overhead transmission line, including pole replacements and line repairs; customers may see a line hanging from the bottom of the helicopter which is normal practice for this type of work.
From Monday, December 4 to Saturday, December 9, PG&E helicopters will be visible along the transmission line located in the vicinity of Bridgeville and Garberville, including near Eel Rock Road. From Sunday, December 10 through Thursday, December 14, PG&E will use helicopters to conduct similar maintenance work in the Swains Flat area.  
“Using helicopters to maintain our overhead transmission lines is the safest and most efficient way for PG&E to upgrade equipment and make repairs and is less intrusive to the community than using machinery to complete repairs from the ground. We know that PG&E customers in the Humboldt area value their privacy and we want the public to know that this maintenance work conducted by PG&E coworkers is focused only on PG&E transmission lines and equipment,” said Dave Canny, Vice President of PG&E’s North Coast Region.
Flights will begin around 0800 each day and last until sunset and are expected to conclude on December 14; however, weather delays may push to flights to additional days.