The certification process – operational
We do our best to be as responsive as possible to our clients and will fly wherever we are required to provide a helideck assessment. Trips to South Africa and Chile are not uncommon. We have great respect for the privacy of our clients and regularly work with a Non-Disclosure Agreement in place.
Once onboard for a Helideck Certification Assessment, we look at a number of critical elements to ensure they meet the required standards. These include: the helideck dimension, layout, obstructions, deck friction levels, landing area markings lighting, and structural considerations.
We also review the fire detection and extinguishing arrangements, the emergency equipment, procedures, and all documentation associated with helicopter operations onboard. Once the criteria for the inspection have been satisfied then a Helicopter Landing Area Inspection Report (HLAIR) and a Helicopter Landing Area Certificate (HLAC) are generated, and a thorough debrief given to the vessel’s crew.
A HLAC covering operations will be valid for 12 months, but it will cease to be valid if there is a change of ownership, the name of the vessel changes, or if there are material changes to the helicopter landing area, aviation facilities or equipment without consultation and approval from an AIB. As a team, Safeguard Helidecks have over 60 years of experience operating helicopters on vessels at sea in the military. Our team comprises of ex-military aircrew, flight deck officers, survival specialists, safety management specialists, engineers and naval architects. We live and breathe maritime aviation and strive to ensure that superyachts can enjoy their helicopter operations in the safest way possible.
For more information call Chris Wood on:
Tel: +44 (0)7779 606589
or visit www.safeguardhelidecks.com