Lifestar Landing Zone Safety

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Landing Zone Procedure and Safety

Steps for setting up a Landing Zone for LIFESTAR

  • Choose a location that is best clear of obstacles like power lines, guy wires, towers, trees or debris that could potentially become flying objects (make sure the LZ is not in an area that there is loose dirt like freshly tiled fields or debris that could injury or blind the pilot while landing)
  • Emergent vehicles may be used to mark obstacles
  • One ground contact that the pilot will communicate with
  • The LZ can be set up with LIFESTAR LZ kit, headlights or  flares that will not potentially blow away when the aircraft is landing
  • Advise LIFESTAR Dispatch the frequency (Med Channel, UHF Freq or VHF Freq) that will be utilized to communicate with the aircraft
  • AFD! use TXFIR 1 (our channel 11) to communicate with Pilot!

LIFESTAR generally requests Landing Zones 100×100 for daytime & night time.

 lifestar zone diagram

Landing Area (T.O.W.W.)

Please advise the pilot of the following conditions:

  • Terrain
    • Level of slopes
    • Rocks or bushes
    • Paved or dusty road
  • Obstacles
    • Street signs
    • Cars
    • Trees
    • Antennas
  • Wires
    • Telephone wires
    • High tension wires
    • Guide wire
  • Winds
    • Wind direction
    • For night operations – One light on each corner of LZ
    • Fight light on upwind side

Safety Rules

  • Never approach the aircraft until signaled to do so by the pilot or flight crew
  • Upon receiving permission, always approach toward the front (nose) of the aircraft
  • Never approach or walk behind the rear of the aircraft
  • No smoking within 50 feet of aircraft
  • No running
  • Do not assist crew in opening aircraft doors

Flight crews are responsible for loading and unloading equipment and will direct the loading and unloading of patients

Landing site should be set up and controlled by a designated individual with assistance of local law enforcement personnel

In the event the pilot feels the LZ is unsafe he will abort the landing and communicate with the ground contact to assure another LZ

For information or questions on Landing Zone Safety or if you would like to request a Landing Zone class for your hospital or department please Contact LIFESTAR anytime.

lifestar team