Landing Zone Requirements

Landing Requirements

  • 100 x 100 ft. area
  • Free of trees, overhead wires, vehicles and loose debris
  • If dusty, wet the area down
  • Flat, smooth area – avoid slopes
  • Marking devices (flashlights, strobes) secured to ground
  • During night landings, 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 nearby

Safety Precautions

  • Keep vehicles, personnel and bystanders back at least 100 feet
  • Remain clear of the tail rotor at all times
  • Never approach the aircraft unless signaled to do so by the pilot
  • Always approach the aircraft from the front, in view of the pilot
  • Protect the patient from blowing debris and rotor wash
  • No loose blankets or clothing on or around the patient
  • No smoking or 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