Landing Zone Preparation
When preparing a landing zone, keep the following information in mind:
- Locate a flat area 100 ft by 100 ft
- Choose an area clear of people, vehicles, and obstructions such as cars, telephone poles, trees, structures, and overhead wires. The area must be free of stumps, brush, posts, large rocks or any obstruction over 18 inches high.
- Take into account the wind direction. Helicopters land and take off into the wind, and choose an approach free of obstructions. Any possible obstruction should be communicated to the helicopter crew upon initial radio contact.
- Remove or secure any loose items in and around the landing zone such as trash, clothing, or equipment. If landing MedEvac near any vehicles, including an ambulance, make sure the doors are closed.
If possible, locate the landing zone to the downwind side of the scene. This helps to reduces the noise and dust, and allows the helicopter to land closer to the scene.
General Helicopter Safety Rules:
- Always wait for a signal from the pilot or crew before approaching the helicopter.
- Never approach or depart from the rear of the helicopter - approach from the front. Never walk around the tail rotar.
- Never rush.
- If the helicopter is on a sloped surface, approach from the downhill side, never from the uphill side due to the angle of the rotar.
Click here to download a printable landing zone guide.
For questions regarding setting up a landing zone, please contact the MedEvac Outreach Education Coordinator at 715.847.2163.
MedEvac helicopter services are operated by PHI Inc.