Landing Zone Preparation
Landing Zone Preparation
1. THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT CRITERIA IS NO OVERHEAD WIRES OR POLES NEAR THE LZ.
2. Check for overhead hazards 300ft around perimeter. Assure LZ area is clear of all debris, people, and vehicles.
3. Landing Zone (LZ) area should be 100ft x 100ft day or night and reasonably flat.
4. No poles, antennas, or loose debris in the immediate vicinity of the landing zone (LZ).
5. LZ slope should not exceed the comparable grade of our local paved mountain highways. If unsure, inform the pilot and he/she will decide.
6. Consider any nearby hazardous materials such as fuel or chemical spills. Care Flight will NOT land in the immediate vicinity. We will NOT land DOWN-WIND or DOWN-SLOPE from any HAZMAT situation. Consider the possibility of incapacitation to the helicopter crew or hazard to the aircraft.
7. Prepare everyone for blowing debris, sand, dirt (light wetting may help) and snow as the helicopter gets close to landing. Shield yourself and your patient. Secure any loose items such as ball caps, blankets, sheets, or clothing.
8. Night Operations: Care Flight utilizes Night Vision Technology. Be prepared to turn vehicle lights off if requested to do so by the pilot. When using vehicle headlights to illuminate the scene, they should be pointedINTO the wind. Weighted strobes work well at the LZ perimeter. Smoke may be used to identify the LZ location at ski areas during winter months only when snow covered.
9. LZ Officer: a designated LZ Officer will be useful. This individual will be responsible for communicating all landing zone information to the pilot. Please assure that this individual has been trained in ground-to-air communications. The LZ officer should be prepared to exit the LZ area when asked to do so by the pilot. Care Flight will not land within any LZ if personnel or vehicles are moving inside the perimeter.
10. The pilot is the ultimate authority to determine if the landing zone is safe to use. It is possible that he/she will see obstacles or hazards that you may have missed, due to the additional view from the air. It is the pilot's responsibility to operate the aircraft with the safety of all air and ground personnel as the priority! We will land where you designate, as long as the Care Flight staff deem it is safe to do so.
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Care Flight is a Critical Care Air Ambulance available for service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving Reno, Fallon and Gardnerville, Nevada as well as Truckee and Beckwourth California in Plumas County.
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