Landing Requirements

  • 100 x 100 foot area
  • Site free of trees, wires, vehicles and loose debris
  • If dusty, wet the area down.
  • Flat, smooth area; avoid slopes
  • Marking devices (flashlights, strobes, flares) secured to ground
  • During night, an emergency vehicle with roof lights on, spotlights aimed down at the landing site is needed. The pilot may ask for lights to be turned off during landing due to the use of night vision goggles (NVGs).
  • Upwind if there are hazardous materials (Haz Mat scene)

Safety Precautions

  • Keep vehicles, personnel and bystanders back at least 100 feet. 
  • Remain clear of the tail rotor at all times.
  • Do not approach the aircraft unless signaled to do so by a crew member.
  • Always approach the aircraft from the front.
  • Protect the patient from blowing debris and rotor wash.
  • No loose blankets or clothing on or around the patient
  • No smoking within 100 feet of the helicopter
  • No running within 100 feet of the helicopter
  • Do not attempt to open or close the aircraft doors.
  • Do not raise anything above your head (IV poles, etc.).
  • Follow the flight crew’s instructions at all times.