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.