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Q: What are the general instructions when stepping on a helicopter?

When you are stepping on a helicopter, you should stick to the following instructions:

 

  • Do not approach or leave from the helicopter without being cleared to do so by the DPO, who will himself have received clearance for this from the helicopter crew.
  • When approaching or leaving the helicopter loading door, always adopt a crouching posture. You should walk briskly but not run. Keep within the safe approach sector of the helicopter and always keep in full view of the helicopter pilot or crewman. No clothing should be worn that is loose or could become detached or entangled during the transfer operation.
  • Keep well clear of the helicopter tail rotor. The tail rotor is difficult to see because of the speed at which it rotates.
  • To avoid being scorched by hot gases, stay well clear of the helicopter exhaust outlets.
  • Wear a lifejacket at all times during flight over water. Note: An inflated lifejacket may hinder escape from the helicopter. Life jackets should therefore be worn un-inflated and only be inflated once outside the helicopter. Clothing which inflates automatically or with built-in buoyancy should not be worn.
  • All will wear ear defender/ear protection, which will be provided by the helicopter operator.

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