Nov. 21-22: Maui Electric aerial line inspections with drones in West Maui area

Release Date: 11/7/2019

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KAHULUI, Nov. 7, 2019 – Maui Electric Company will be using unmanned aircraft, or drones, for routine aerial power line inspections on Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the West Maui area and weather permitting.

The drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), are being used as a cost effective measure when accessing remote areas or challenging terrains, for increased employee safety, and to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

The company has begun to use drones for a variety of inspections, most recently in assessing power lines damaged in recent wild fires on the island.

The Maui Electric UAS program is in full compliance with all Federal Aviation Administration rules and has developed safety, training, operating and privacy procedures to make sure the unmanned aircraft are flown with the highest regard for the safety of the public and crews.