Beginning March 21, a specially equipped helicopter will fly along sections of Westar Energy’s transmission system.

The images it captures will help to identify areas that might need maintenance and create a more modern record of the transmission system, according to a news release.

“These flights provide a more precise and searchable visual record of the transmission system, which improves our efficiency and reliability,” said Kelly Harrison, vice president for transmission.

“We also want to let everyone know about this work so they are not concerned if they see the helicopter flying along transmission lines.”

Flights are planned through early April. They generally will be from two hours after dawn until two hours before sunset and might occur on the weekends.

The flight schedule begins with work in south-central Kansas, then will progress through southeast and northeast Kansas, including the Topeka and Atchison areas.

A small blue, white and yellow helicopter will be flown for the Reliability project.

About Westar Energy

Westar Energy, Inc. is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, it has provided Kansans with the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes.

Every day, Westar’s team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment, and provide excellent service to its nearly 700,000 customers.

Westar has 7,800 megawatts of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, sun and landfill gas. It also is a leader in electric transmission in Kansas.

Westar’s innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, expanding the use of smart meters and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption.

Its employees live, volunteer and work in the communities they serve.