Electrical & Gas Line Patrol


45 North Helicopters offers power-line and gas-line patrol to help keep utility costs down. Helicopters are versatile and cost-efficient enough to handle detailed work for power lines and more! Check out our utility services.


When it comes to transmission power lines, reliability is the name of the game. With the ever-growing Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and North American Reliability Corporation (NERC), compliance issues for electric power lines and aerial patrols are becoming more popular among electric utilities. Whether it is inspecting the condition of the infrastructure or finding those "danger trees" that can cost utilities millions of dollars in repairs and/or outages, we can customize our patrols to fit customer needs and budgets. Aerial patrols play an integral part in a utility's Vegetation Management Program by gathering the necessary data to implement an effective plan to prevent contact and maintain proper clearances. After witnessing other utilities pay steep penalties and litigation related to "critical line contacts", more and more electric utilities are realizing the benefits of preventative right-of-way maintenance and aerial inspections.




Nothing matches the capability, versatility, and cost-benefit of using helicopters to patrol power lines. A very detailed and comprehensive inspection of every single structure can be obtained using our helicopters. 45 North Helicopters deploys a proven inspection technique in which the patrol can be accomplished without the use of binoculars and has proven to be more thorough and cost-effective than ground-based inspections.


Items that can be inspected through this method include:

Gas Line Patrols

45 North Helicopters offers helicopter gas pipeline patrols with both visual and laser leak detection. We can provide preliminary route studies, FAA route low altitude waivers, design services and legal boundary issues regarding survey matters. We provide custom reports per customer specification on daily basis upon completion of daily patrols.  Our in aircraft data connection allow us to immediately notify the customer of immediate threats to the pipeline or right of way. We have relationships with technical and professional service providers that allows us to assist utility companies in conducting periodic ALMA Aerial Laser Methane Assessments.  This is the solution for aerial pipeline inspections and offers a vital contribution to safety of transmission pipelines, data acquisition, determining the problem areas, assess any risks and recommend ways where safety can be improved. In addition, we can customize patrols to fit customer needs and budget.  We have numerous contracts with utility providers throughout the Mid-West.  



Whether you require a slow fly-by or a detailed hover inspection, 45 North Helicopters' signature services will meet the need. 45 North Helicopters' relationships with other technical and professional services providers allow us to assist utilities in conducting infrared inspections, corona inspections, LIDAR and GIS data acquisition, preliminary route studies, design services, and legal boundary issues regarding survey matters.