Heliport Solutions For Safer Approach
Many heliports are located in crowded or remote areas with few visual cues, many obstacles in the way and where traffic control requires a certain direction to be used.
Examples of helipad locations which often offer limited visibility:
- Urban areas/environments
- Rooftops of office buildings (taxi service)
- Rooftops of high-rise buildings(evacuation)
- Rooftops of police departments and hospitals (turn-outs)
- Large ships and oil rigs(transportation)
- Near forests, lakes and the sea
Under these conditions ICAO Annex 14 Vol.II recommends the helipad to be complemented with the aid of Visual Alignment Systems.
Plusafe unique Azimuth Guidance System for Approach (SAGA) guides the pilot with perfect precision clear of obstacles when a certain direction and azimuth angle is required by traffic control.
When you have obstacles that limit the approach slope, such as trees or buildings that the pilot needs to stay free of, Our customized Helipad Approach Path Indicator (CHAPI) offers increased precision.
Many heliports are located in environments with obstacles interfering and limiting the approach area. Obstacles such as trees, buildings and distracting lights make it necessary to reinforce the preferred direction.
Following products can provide your heliport with a clear guidance in difficult environments.
Aiming Point Lights
ICAO Annex 14 Vol.II recommends that Aiming Point Lights should be provided when you have an aiming point marking at a heliport intended for use at night. Aiming Point Lights should be provided at a heliport where it is necessary for a pilot to make an approach to a particular point before proceeding to the TLOF.
When it is desirable and practical to indicate a preferred landing direction Approach Lights should be provided. In circumstances where it is difficult to add Approach Lights, for example on rooftops, an Azimuth Guidance System should be provided.
A Heliport Beacon with a white flashing light showing the letter H in morse code should be provided where long range visual guidance is necessary and not provided by other means. It should also be provided when identification is difficult due to surrounding lights.
If your helipad is intended for use at night, it is mandatory according to ICAO Annex 14 Vol.II regulations that the FATO (Final Approach and Takeoff area) and TLOF (Touch Down and Liftoff area) shall be provided with Perimeter Lights, Floodlighting and Wind Direction Indicator.