Safety is the primary focus of Airpower. From our pilot’s pre-flight check, to safety briefings and aircraft inspections, everything focusses to achieve, enhance and guarantee a safe environment. Airpower ’s flight and ground crews work together to ensure that the strictest safety protocols are followed.
All passengers boarding a helicopter, while the main rotor is operating, must be taught the safest way to do it.
During embarkation or disembarkation of a helicopter:
1) Stay away from the back of the helicopter.
2) Crouch while approaching or moving away from the helicopter.
3) Approach the helicopter from the side, but never outside the line of sight of the pilot. Passengers should always be aware that they should not approach the helicopter from behind, because of the risk of the tail rotor wings.
4) Tools must be moved horizontally below the waist – Never upright or over the shoulder.
5) Hold tight hats and loose objects.
6) Never try to catch a hat or any other object which has been drifted away by the down-wash of the rotor.
7) Protect your eyes with your hands.
8) If suddenly blinded by dust or object due to the downwash, stop and bend down. It is even better to sit and wait for someone to help you.
9) Never fumble or try to find your way to or away from the helicopter by sensing but only by watching.
10) Protect your hearing by wearing earplugs.
The Captain should always inform the passengers prior starting the engine, so as to ensure full understanding of all the emergency procedures. The exact procedures may differ slightly from one helicopter type to another.