MidAmerican Energy line inspectors will be taking to the skies in September. Twice a year, MidAmerican inspects high-voltage overhead lines and rights-of-way to verify the lines and components are not showing signs of damage. They also work to identify areas where vegetation may threaten system reliability. To conduct thorough inspections on the more than 1,400 miles of transmission lines in the most efficient and expedient manner possible, these inspectors will be studying them from helicopters. “If you see a helicopter flying unusually close to our transmission lines over the next several weeks, it’s part of our aerial safety inspection program,” says MidAmerican Director of Electric Operations Support, Jason Ewers. “These inspections help us identify potential equipment or safety issues before they cause service interruptions to our customers,” he adds.