This publication provides the criteria applied by the CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom.
Edition 8 amendment 01/2018 is issued to clarify aspects of the final specification and installation arrangements for the Lit Touchdown/ Positioning Marking Circle and Lit Heliport Identification ‘H’ Marking. The requirement for floodlighting to aid the visual task of final approach, hover and landing is removed.
Chapter 5 has been re-written to amplify new international best practices. The NUI fire-fighting scheme has been updated including withdrawl of the 2011 industry letter.
A further update of the helideck surface section is presented with the introduction of a new helideck contamination scale, waiving of full-scale testing of legacy profiled helidecks, and further refinements to best practice including an update to the Friction Survey Protocol. Finally, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Requirements for Air Operators, Operational Requirements Part-OPS, Annex VI Part SPA (AMC1 SPA.HOFO.115 Use of offshore locations) has been refined in Appendix A to ensure it fully reflects best practice for operations on the UKCS.
A great week working in the Netherlands and UK. Back to basics with assisting FMTC to develop a bespoke helideck training facility which emulates and brings awesome training fidelity to students.
We kicked around the idea on paper some 5 weeks ago and this week we were almost complete with a full-scale helideck marked out correctly as per CAP 437 with induced restrictions in the LOS, OFS and 5:1 to get the student thinking, heli-refuelling system and primary / secondary/complimentary fire suppression systems installed, briefing area for toolbox talks and heli-admin.
Not only are we just ticking the OPITO / NOGEPA HLO HOIT training requirement, but we are also taking it a step further to ensure students are confident and ready to build competence in their working environment when they leave the training unit.
So refreshing and awesome to be working with a company who are innovators and willing to invest in quality training which is already paying dividends in student feedback and uptake.
Topped off with Co-chairing the Helioffshore Helideck Work Group meeting with members from around the globe and a UK hospital helipad survey to support improvements to the site in order to operate day and night HEMS ops.
As a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society Rotorcraft Committee, I was given the task of organising this year's Alan Bristow Memorial Lecture which was held at the RAeS in London.
This years theme was The Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier, presented by Admiral Sir Simon Lister KCB OBE. Sir Simon has the responsibility of delivering our new aircraft carriers. What a presentation.....simply inspiring.
The link below is a recording of the lecture which was lauded as one of the most memorable AB lectures to date.
We recently delivered support services to Seaway Heavy Lift in preparation for the deployment of the Heavy Lift Vessel Oleg Strashnov to the UKCS where she will be working on several wind farm development projects. The Captain and crew were absolutely fantastic hosts and working with them on this "mighty machine" was a joy. They are ready in all respects for aviation!
Yet another hugely successful training session carried out in the UK, developing further the helideck environment and capabilities / restrictions for both aircrew and regulators from Canada. Students, from Cougar Helicopters, Canadian Helicopters and the Canadian Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, great debates and interaction. This course is not about GDO talking for 2 days, it’s about working together to bring to the fore the fact that the helideck and its supporting infrastructure are key elements in the flight safety loop. Looking forward to seeing you all again in the near future, either in St John's or at the Aviation Seminar.
So far the reviews for this course have been outstanding...thank you!
GDO had the privelidge of working with the Royal Netherlands Navy, operating from Den Helder assiting them in development of multi spot aviation operations. What a great team of people, from CO down, they all embraced avaition with such passion. Loved working with 7 Test and Standards Squadron as well as 300 Squadron Royal Netherlands Air Force, integrating Airbus Cougar and NH90 helicopters.
Well it was all at sea again, back to my roots with the Omani Navy conducting some quality assurance oversight of both Royal Omani Navy and Royal Navy Flight Deck Officer Instructors. A series of classroom evaluations followed by sea time with students and instructors on one of the Royal Omani Navy Offshore Patrol Vessels. We were supported by a Super Lynx from the Royal Omani Air Force.
A gruelling series of deck landing practice and refuelling scenarios operating in day, dusk and night operations meant the team were exposed to some awesome training. Well done everyone.
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The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
We had the privilege of working in Brunei previously in 2013 supporting the Brunei Navy with ship / air interface training. taking ship crews and training them in flight deck management and emergency response., culminating in 2 weeks at sea operating three aircraft types, including the BO105, B212 and the mighty S70A Blackhawk.
This trip was a little different working as the UK CAA / CAAi Representative training a group from various backgrounds in heliport and offshore helideck management, using the Brunei’s newly developed standards, BAR14 and BDCAP437.
Working with primarily the Brunei Department of Civil Aviation, additionally representatives from the Brunei Emergency Medical Services who manage the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital helipad, the Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Brunei Shell Petroleum and His Majesty’s Royal Flight attended the 5 days of training and familiarisation.
The 5 days of training culminated in an inspection / survey of both onshore hospital helipads, bring all our classromm efforts togather to develop specific checklists for the unique operations in Brunei.
Finally we had the opportunity to sit with the Director of Civil Aviation and the Head of Regulatory Compliance to discuss the offshore element of the tasking and more importantly the oversight management process for the offshore helidecks. All in all a great week in a beautiful country, Green Deck Ops is very much looking forward to working again with the Brunei DCA in the very near future.
On a personal note, just some images from beautiful Brunei