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 in the USA, you will need a helideck that complies with the regulatory requirements.
The US Coast Guard standards in short
The US Coast Guard 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 at all times. The status light prescribed in the standards emits a flashing red light when a helicopter is not expected on the helideck. It will then be switched off when a helicopter is expected to land. This is to assist pilots to locate and land on the correct offshore helideck. The status light will also be activated automatically, flashing red, whenever an unsafe situation occurs on a platform to indicate to the helicopter traffic that immediate evasive action should be taken.
Checklist: main products needed for compliance:
- Perimeter lights
- Illuminated windsock
- Status light