General Refueling Procedures

HLO – must be notified before fueling is to begin.
Only properly trained and qualified personnel are allowed to fuel helicopters.
It is preferred that all passengers should be off of both the helicopter and topside heliport deck before fueling operation begins. Review exact your company procedures and established guidelines.

  • HLO – Signal to Pilot ready to begin fueling operation.
  • Pump/Fuel Operator: Start pump whenever signaled, keep hand firmly on Nozzle during entire filling operation.
  • Remain alert to all situations and conditions that could affect the Heliport deck and facility operations.
  • Be prepared to respond according to previous training exercises and specific emergency response procedures.
  • No Smoking rules apply
  • No fueling during thunderstorms or rain
  • Lock open type Fuel Nozzles cannot be used
  • The Fuel Nozzle must be physically controlled (hand held) at all times

Specific Fueling Procedures:

  • Each location has specific procedures or a checklist to follow before, during and after refueling operations.
  • The fueling of a helicopter is a very serious event.  In the past, several accidents have occurred during fueling operations.
  • Always maintain a heighten sense of alertness during all helicopter operations, to avoid an endangering incident from occurring.

Pump/Fuel Operator:

  • On the signal from HLO or Pilot, stop fueling. Secure fuel tank cap by closing it properly.
  • Detach grounding cable last.  Return it and the fuel hose to its secure location.
  • Record (document) fuel delivery on appropriate forms. Obtain Pilot’s signature and give him copy of Aviation Fuel Receipt.
  • Fire watch is to be maintained during entire fuel operation until helicopter takes off

If passengers must remain on board the Helicopter during fueling operations, the doors and the windows on the side that fueling is occurring must be kept closed until the fueling operation is complete.