Briefing page for ships Masters.
Acher Aviation (Pty) Ltd
Always exercise extreme caution in and around helicopters
Complying with this safety briefing will help to increase safety and ensure efficient operations. Please read this document carefully.
- Smoking in or near the helicopter is strictly forbidden.
- Only approach or leave the helicopter when signalled to do so by a helicopter crewmember.
- Never approach or depart the front or rear of the helicopter. Approach and leave the helicopter from the sides only. The rotor disc reach can be very low in front of the helicopter and the tail rotor is not easily visible at the rear.
- Do not rush. Look where you are going and take your time.
- Maintain a stooped posture with head bowed when walking under turning rotor blades.
- Remove headgear and hold onto loose items that may be blown into the rotor blades.
- Do not raise your hands or objects being carried above head height when under the rotor blades.
- Remain seated with the safety belts secured during flight.
- Familiarise yourself with the emergency exits.
- There is a sliding door on either side of the passenger compartment.
- The windows of these sliding doors can also be pushed out as emergency exits.
- Exercise caution if you are being hoisted into or out of the helicopter.
- Move slowly and ensure there is always tension on the cable.
- When climbing into the strop, position it under your arms with the hoist hook in front of you. Pull the strop sliding ring towards you until tight.
- Always position yourself directly under the hoist before being hoisted up.
- Always minimize the time getting in and out of the strop.
- After climbing out of the strop on deck, hold onto it until it is recovered out of your hand in order to prevent it from becoming entangled with the ship.
- During certain conditions there is a possibility of a static charge being accumulated in the helicopter. During these conditions a discharge pendant will be attached to the hoist hook. Let the discharge pendant touch the vessel first before you take hold of the strop.
- In the event of an emergency landing on the water, wait for the rotor blades to stop turning before exiting the helicopter.
- The helicopter is fitted with emergency floats, which, if inflated, will allow sufficient time for orderly emergency evacuation.
- In any emergency please remain seated and follow any crew instructions that may be given.
- Always wear a life jacket.
- Do NOT inflate your life jacket inside the helicopter. Inflate it only once you are out and clear of the helicopter.
- Advise the helicopter crew if you are unable to swim.
If you are in any doubt about your safety please ask a helicopter crewmember.