Twenty minutes (20) before any helicopter lands or takes off from the platform, it is the duty of the HLO to insure that:
- He receives operator advise on details of ETA, incoming load and fuel requirements.
- Ensures deck area is clear of obstructions and free from all loose articles.
- Check fire/crash equipment.
- Check landing net to insure it is secure (International only).
- Fire watches shall be alerted and on standby.
- Review the passenger manifest list for confirmation of passenger names and items to be unloaded.
- Provide the proper safety briefing for all departing passengers referring the specific helicopter that will be used for transport.
Ten (10) minutes before helicopter’s ETA:
- Prepare to stop any Crane movement and operations.
- Prepare fire equipment as required and prepare fire watches for assignment.
- Restrict access to flight heliport deck area.
- If fuel will be required, insure fuel sample document sheets are available.
Five Minutes Before Landing:
- Confirm all crane operations have ceased and that the crane’s boom is in cradle. Catastrophic consequences can occur whenever safe industry practices for crane/helicopter operations are not observed.
- Confirm readiness of heliport deck crew.
- Clear heliport deck of all personnel.