OPITO Helideck Operations Initial Training
*1. Target Group
The target group for Offshore Helideck Operations Initial Training programme is personnel who are to be appointed to the role of an Offshore Helicopter
Landing Officer (HLO) and/or Offshore Helideck Assistant (HDA).
*2. Delegate Pre-requisites
As a minimum, delegates must have completed Dangerous Goods by Air training course in accordance with Part 1, Chapter 4 of the ICAO Technical
Instructions and sub section 1.5 of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations, Category 7, 8 or 9 or state aviation approved dangerous goods awareness
*3. Physical and Stressful Demands
Training and/or assessment activities contained within this Standard may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel
who participate in such activities must be physically and mentally capable of participating fully. Therefore to ensure that prior to participating in practical
exercises, the delegates must:
a) Possess a valid, current offshore medical certificate (or)
b) Possess an operator approved medical certificate, (And)
(c) Undergo medical screening by completing appropriate medical screening form provided by QISC.
*4. Aims and Objectives
The aim and objectives of the Helideck Operations Initial Training Programme are to equip the delegate with the initial knowledge, understanding and skills
required to perform the roles of Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) and Offshore Helideck Assistant (HDA) safely and effectively.
*5. Learning Outcomes / Assessment Criteria
To successfully complete this training programme, delegates must be able to know and understand:
(1) Key parts of relevant helideck operations regulations and guidelines
(2) Helideck physical characteristics
(3) Helideck obstacle-free requirements
(4) Helideck equipment and systems
(5) Meteorological requirements for offshore helicopter operations
(6) Typical hazards associated with offshore helideck operations.
(7) The role and key responsibilities of the offshore HLO and HDA
(8) Main Helideck team responsibilities and required actions, including:
(a) 30 minutes before helicopter ETA
(b) 10 minutes before helicopter ETA
(c) Immediately before helicopter lands
(d) After landing: rotors running turnaround
(e) After landing – engines shut down and rotors not running
(f) Helicopter tie-down, engine blanks and covers fitted
(g) Helicopter start-up
(9) The structure and terms in a typical pre-flight weather report and floating installation (or vessel) data required by helicopter pilot.
(10) Typical Helideck team requirements for Normally Unattended Installations
(11) Correct use of handheld radios and radio checks, complying with radio communications protocol and correct use of appropriate hand signals if radio
communications are ineffective
To successfully complete this training programme, delegates must be able to
(12) Helideck checks for contamination, debris or damage before and after take-off.
(13) Communication checks, checking helideck equipment status, safety nets, security and stowage of helideck equipment.
(14) Helideck team brief prior to helicopter landing at appropriate times during helicopter operations.
(15) Wearing of appropriate PPE during helicopter operations
(16) Ensure helideck team are in required locations during helicopter operations.
(17) Participate in the use of handheld radios and radio checks
(18) Conduct and respond to required helideck protocols during helicopter operations, to include: safe-to-approach, helicopter anti-collision lights switched
off and ‘thumbs-up’ from pilot (as agreed by operating company).
(19) Check passenger and freight manifests.
(20) As HLO, effectively supervise HDAs during passenger, freight and baggage handling
(21) Under direction from the HLO:
(a) Loading, unloading and securing of life saving equipment
(b) Load and unload passenger baggage correctly
(c) Load and unload helicopter freight correctly – using correct manual handling techniques and within helicopter freight loading limitations and requirements.
(d) Identify dangerous goods during helicopter loading and unloading
(e) Assist with passenger safe egress and access on the helideck, to and from the helicopter
(22) Comply with helideck protocols and procedures during helicopter operations
(23) Comply with helicopter danger areas rules.
*6. Delegate Performance Assessment / Certification / Validity
Delegate Performance Assessment: Delegates will be assessed against the learning outcomes 12 through 23 using direct observation and oral and/or
written questions as appropriate. Debriefs must be conducted with participating delegates on the completion of practical exercises.
Certification: OPITO Approved Certification with no formal expiry date
*7. Instructor & Delegate Ratio
The following ratios indicate the maximum number of delegates to be supervised by one Instructor at any one time during each activity.
Practical Exercises 1:6
*8. Duration and Timing
The optimum ‘contact time’ for this OPITO programme is 18 hours
Qatar International Safety Centre
Gate No. 9 building – 23 Street – 45
Salwa Industrial Area
Doha Qatar PO Box 23651
*10. For more information
Please contact us direct for availability & costs:
Tel: +974 4450 1223
Fax: +974 4450 1220
www.qisc.net / www.madinagulf.com