Landing Zone Information

Safety Tips

Clear the area of debris (i.e., tarps, tree branches, bottles, etc.)
Identify obstructions/hazards (i.e., wires, trees, fences, etc.)
Avoid slopes of > 10°
Mark each corner with high visibility cones (on their sides with weights)
DO NOT use “scene tape” – It could be pulled up into the rotor blades
NEVER approach the aircraft unless directed by the pilot and/or medical crew
NEVER run in the area of the aircraft

Night Operations

Mark each corner of the LZ with any color strobes, cones with hand-light inside to illuminate, reflective markers

Minimize bright white “search-type” lights when helicopter is landing and departing

Guidelines to Establish a Safe Landing Zone

Identify a single communications officer who is:
  • Familiar with the geography of area
  • Free from providing direct care to the patient(s)
Call UH AirMed Communications Center 1-877-842-3822 and provide the following:
  • Unit calling/Call sign
  • Location address
  • Radio frequency
  • Location/Landmarks
  • Number of aircraft needed
Guidelines to prepare a safe Landing Zone (LZ):
  • Minimum 60 x 60 feet
  • Ideal 100 x 100 feet < 10-degree slope
  • Free from debris, obstruction, hazards (i.e., wires, fences, trees, loose objects)
  • Mark each corner (i.e., independent lighting system, cones, emergency vehicles)
Once contact has been made with the flight crew, provide helpful landmark information:
  • Water/Radio towers
  • High power lines
  • Schools/Tennis courts
  • Major road intersection
  • Swimming pools
LZ Descriptions:
  • Type of LZ (i.e., field, road, construction site)
  • LZ surface (i.e., field, grass, concrete, gravel, dirt, snow covered)
  • Boundaries of LZ (i.e., trees, houses, wires, picket fences, towers)
  • Approach and departure pathways
Notify the flight crew when you:
  • Hear the aircraft
  • See the aircraft
  • Direct the pilot to your location using the clock method

Remember: When using the clock method, the pilot is facing 12 o’clock.

Guidelines for Landing/Lift-off Safety

Cover your eyes

Never approach the aircraft unless directed by the pilot and/or medical crew

Keep vehicles “at least” 50 feet away

Keep crowds “at least” 100 feet away

No objects or people in the middle of the LZ

No flash cameras/white lights

No running/smoking

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