That low-flying helicopter you see is just doing a routine infrared scan

November 28, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Cornell University says a helicopter will be flying low over and around campus on Saturday evening, but it's nothing to worry about.

According to university officials, the Cornell Utilities Department has scheduled the helicopter flight to conduct an infrared survey of the campus's steam distribution system as part of its regular system maintenance plans. The infrared scans help to ensure there are no leaks or weak spots in the steam pipes.

Cornell says the helicopter will fly at about 500 feet above ground, following the steam distribution piping, beginning about two hours after sunset. The flight will be rescheduled for another time in the event of winds above 15mph, or precipitation.

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