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Expect to See Low-Flying Helicopters in Temple Terrace

TECO is using the choppers to perform aerial inspections.

If you see low-flying helicopters hovering around Temple Terrace in the next couple weeks, don’t be alarmed.

TECO will be using the choppers to inspect transmission poles and towers in the area, according to a press release from the City of Temple Terrace.

“Work will begin at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 and continue for about nine days during daylight hours,” the release states.

“Crews will survey about 1,200 transmission structures, or approximately 5 percent of the system, according to a news release from the electric company.”

A low-flying helicopter will hover for a short time about 150 to 300 feet above the ground near each structure, the city release states. The inspections, which occur on a six-year cycle, are taking place along TECO’s urban rights of way, and some will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods.

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Gettysburg, PA-based Haverfield Aviation will first conduct the inspections in Temple Terrace and East Tampa, according to the release. Then, the company will move to all central and south Tampa neighborhoods.

Susan Scully December 03, 2012 at 09:20 PM
That's a relief! I wasn't sure if it was student pilots learning ow to hover, or exactly what! Good entertainment though. Gave a whole new meaning to the shopping experience.

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