Safety of the responders, patients and flight crew is SkyHealth’s number one priority. Proper landing zone selection is one of the most important tasks to ensure safety. The SkyHealth crew can enter pre-established landing zones into its GPS system, helping decrease response time. It also identifies hazards such as wires, pole, towers and landmarks that make the site easier to identify. Preferred landing zones are within the calling facility’s town. A SkyHealth representative is available to help establish a landing zone. Steps to establishing and maintaining a landing zone include:
- Landing zone selection, identification and preparation
- Safe operation around the aircraft
- Assisting the crew transporting patients to and from the aircraft
- Identifying the role and requirements of the landing zone officer
Procedure to establish a SkyHealth landing zone includes:
Marking the landing zone
- Find a flat area free of overhead obstructions (e.g., wires, poles and crane) that is at least 100 by 100 feet.
- Notify SkyHealth staff of any obstructions near the landing zone.
Securing the area
- Day: Orange cones at all four corners
- Night: Lighted cone, flashlights or light sticks
- Never point spotlights, laser pointers or flash units at the aircraft as this disrupts the night vision goggles.
Approaching the aircraft
- Prevent unauthorized personnel from entering landing zone.
- Make sure all loose articles are secured.
- Do not use traffic flares.
- Protect yourself and the patient from rotor wash.
- Never approach the aircraft without a signal from the crew.
- Once approaching, stay within and maintain eye contact with the crew.
- Never approach the aircraft from the tail end.