Offshore helidecks are essential to offshore safety and are important in getting crews and items to site in a fast and efficient way. To be able to fly to and from offshore locations, you will need a helideck that meets the requirement in your specific region or country.
The most commonly used standard for offshore helideck safety is prescribed in the ICAO – Annex 14 standard. This standard is written by the ‘International Civil Aviation Organization’ and has been adopted by many countries around the world.
The ICAO standards in short
Annex 14 prescribes perimeter lights to outline the helideck and floodlights to light the centre of the deck. An illuminated windsock should be in place to inform helicopter traffic of the wind direction and speed at all times. The status light prescribed in the regulations will be activated automatically by the fire and gas alarm system during an alarm. The status light will emit a flashing red light and will signal to helicopter traffic that immediate evasive action should be taken.
Checklist: main products needed for compliance:
- Perimeter lights
- Illuminated windsock
- Status light