Our equipment meets or exceeds FAA rules.
The pilot and/or flight crew controls activity around the aircraft. Always follow these rules:
- Everyone must stay 100 feet from the aircraft.
- Approach and depart the aircraft from the front only.
- Do not enter or leave the rotor-arc when the helicopter is starting up.
- No running or smoking within 50 feet of the aircraft.
- All items within 100 feet must be secured.
- No one is allowed into the landing zone until the aircraft is in steady flight.
Landing Zone Criteria
- Minimum size: 100 ft. x 100 ft.
- Clear of debris
- Level, firm terrain with no obstructions
- No power lines or overhead obstructions nearby
- No vehicles or people within the zone
Landing Zone Officers
- Assume command and secure landing zone.
- Only one person can be in radio contact with the aircraft.
- LifeFlight does not use 10 codes.
- Direct pilot using directions such as north, south, east or west. Don't use road names.
- Don't stand in the landing zone.
- Don't shine lights at the helicopter.
- Don't use cones, flares or tape to mark the site.
- Emergency vehicles may be parked so their headlights intersect the landing site. They can also be parked beneath wires to mark them.
- Lights may be placed onto poles showing wires between them.