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Helicopter Safety and Landing Zone Procedures

Click here or email LandingZone@CareFlite.org to schedule a Landing Zone (LZ) safety class, or to identify pre-designated LZ locations in your city.
Landing Zone (LZ) Criteria
  • 100' Wide X 100' Long
  • Level with a firm surface
  • Clear of sand, gravel and other debris
  • No power lines, trees, poles, buildings, or other overhead obstructions near or in the area
  • No vehicles or people within the zone
  • Avoid sloped areas
Landing Zone Safety

Marking the Landing Zone (LZ)
  • Weighted construction cones
  • Two vehicles with headlights crossed at the center of the LZ
  • Smoke canisters during daylight operations
  • Battery operated strobe lights
  • Cylume Chem-lite Sticks
  • Markings such as barrier tape, flag tape, etc. should not be used
Landing Zone Safety

LZ Coordinator Responsibilities
  • Command and secure the LZ
  • Establish radio contact with aircraft
  • Assist pilot in locating the LZ
  • Keep all bystanders 100' away form the LZ
  • Keep everyone away from the tail rotor
  • Contact pilot after landing to determine any safety issues
Helicopter Safety
  • Approach and depart the aircraft from the side only
  • Never walk around the tail rotor
  • Shield your eyes from rotorwash during landing and takeoff
  • Do not carry anything above your head
  • Do not approach the helicopter while the blades are turning unless instructed by the CareFlite crew
  • Do not run towards the aircraft, approach in a calm and slow manner
  • No smoking anywhere in the vicinity of the aircraft
  • The pilot and/or medical crew control activity around the aircraft
  • Secure loose items such as hats, clothing, stretcher sheets, and any other object light enough to be blown into the rotor blades
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