Preparing the Landing Zone
The Lutheran Air landing zone should be:
- Paved or a grassy surface area 100 x 100 square feet
- Clear of debris and overhead obstructions
- Marked with flares, lighted cones or emergency vehicles, one at each corner and a fifth on the side from which the wind is blowing. Vehicles used to illuminate the landing zone should be placed on the outside of the perimeter.
- Secure the landing zone of traffic and bystanders.
Keeping Everyone Safe at the Scene
- People on the group should remain a minimum of 100 feet away from the landing zone.
- During takeoff and landing, the helicopter generates winds of approximately 75 mph. Ground personnel must protect patients and themselves from the hazards of flying debris and dust.
- The aircraft should be approached from the front only, as directed by the crew. The tail-rotor area should be avoided, and unauthorized personnel should not be anywhere in the vicinity.
- Crew members are the only ones with the authority to load and unload equipment or open and close aircraft doors.
- The designated individual should maintain continual radio frequency until Lutheran Air is safely enroute to the hospital.
- Emergency lighting is essential to the pilot during takeoff and landing. Avoid flashbulbs, floodlights, headlights, etc. to ensure the pilot isn't blinded. Do not approach the aircraft once the patient is on board. If necessary, talk to the crew by radio.