Table of Contents
- 1 What direction should you approach a helicopter?
- 2 How do I approach a medical helicopter?
- 3 How do you approach a landing helicopter?
- 4 Why should you not walk in front of a helicopter?
- 5 How much land do you need for a helicopter?
- 6 How much area do you need to land a helicopter?
- 7 Can you walk in front of a helicopter?
- 8 How high can a helicopter go up?
- 9 What should you do when approaching a helicopter?
- 10 What is the purpose of a hospital heliport?
- 11 What happens when a helicopter lands at an emergency scene?
What direction should you approach a helicopter?
Always approach the helicopter from the front so the pilot can see you. The safest places from which to approach a helicopter are the front left and front right sides. It is acceptable to walk straight up toward a helicopter from the front, but the pilot will be able to see you better if you approach at an angle.
How do I approach a medical helicopter?
- Approach and depart the aircraft from the side only.
- Never walk around the tail rotor.
- Shield your eyes from rotorwash during landing and takeoff.
- Do not carry anything above your head.
- Do not approach the helicopter while the blades are turning unless instructed by the CareFlite crew.
What is the proper way to approach and depart a helicopter?
When passengers are approaching or leaving a helicopter that is sitting on a slope with the rotors turning, they should approach and depart downhill. This affords the greatest distance between the rotor blades and the ground.
How do you approach a landing helicopter?
Always approach the helicopter from the front. This allows the pilot to see you and signal if there is an issue. Always avoid the rear rotors and never approach from uphill. When approaching from the front, it is perfectly acceptable to hunch over while looking ahead, regardless of location or height.
Why should you not walk in front of a helicopter?
THE ROTOR SYSTEM OF THE HELICOPTER Many helicopter rotor systems can dip well below 6 feet from the ground level, which can potentially contact a person or object on the ground. Never carry anything above your head such as an umbrella while walking under the rotor system.
Why you never walk in front of a helicopter?
Never stand directly below the helicopter. Standing too close can lead to you getting hurt, or covered in dust, dirt and debris that the rotors’ force can kick up. Crouch low when approaching: When a helicopter’s rotors are engaged, this is when you need to be most cautious.
How much land do you need for a helicopter?
To begin with, the pilot needs sufficient space to land, with the general rule being about 2 tennis courts’ worth of reasonably flat and empty ground, though this varies somewhat depending on the model of helicopter.
How much area do you need to land a helicopter?
The ideal landing zone is a level, 100-by-100-foot or larger area of grass or hard surface. Most civilian medevac helicopters in use today have a main rotor diameter of 35-50 feet and a fuselage length with main rotor blades turning of 40-50 feet. U.S. military helicopters are much larger.
Can a helicopter land straight down?
Unlike an airplane, a helicopter does not have to move quickly through the air to have lift. That fact means it can move straight up or down. For example, a helicopter can pick someone with a medical problem up where there is no runway. It can then land in a small area on top of a hospital.
Can you walk in front of a helicopter?
Never walk behind a helicopter, and avoid approaching a helicopter from uphill if the rotors are engaged. Additionally, only approach when the pilot gives you the okay to do so. Never stand up tall underneath rotors, wave your arms, throw things or wear loose scarves, hats and other gear.
How high can a helicopter go up?
Turbine-engined helicopters can reach around 25,000 feet. But the maximum height at which a helicopter can hover is much lower – a high performance helicopter like the Agusta A109E can hover at 10,400 feet.
Why do people bend down when getting in a helicopter?
It’s just instinct to duck when there’s a blade spinning around over your head. As Okie said, there are some helicopters where you have to duck to avoid getting whacked in the head with a rotor blade as gravity pulls them downward.
What should you do when approaching a helicopter?
Crouch low when approaching: When a helicopter’s rotors are engaged, this is when you need to be most cautious. Never stand up tall underneath rotors, wave your arms, throw things or wear loose scarves, hats and other gear. Approach an engaged helicopter by crouching low and walking toward it.
What is the purpose of a hospital heliport?
CHAPTER 4. HOSPITAL HELIPORTS. 400. GENERAL. Helicopters have proven to be an effective means of transporting injured persons from the scene of an accident to a hospital and in transferring patients in critical need of specialized services from one hospital to another hospital having that capability.
Is it dangerous to ride in a helicopter?
Riding in a helicopter can be an exhilarating experience, but it can also be extremely dangerous if you’re not sufficiently prepared. Both pilots and passengers need to take helicopter safety seriously—otherwise, one or more people could end up getting hurt, or even killed.
What happens when a helicopter lands at an emergency scene?
Although landing a Helicopter at an emergency scene may appear routine, it is a highly demanding task intensive maneuver. People have and will continue to be injured during this critical type of landing. Our goal, with your help, is to continue our outstanding safety record at Collier County