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Preparing the Landing ZoneThe Lutheran Air landing zone should be:
- Paved or a grassy surface area 100 x 100 square feet
- Clear of debris and overhead obstructions
- Marked with flares, lighted cones or emergency vehicles (one at each corner and a fifth on the side from which the wind is blowing).
- Vehicles used to illuminate the landing zone should be placed on the outside of the perimeter
- Secure the landing zone of traffic and bystanders
Keeping Everyone Safe at the Scene
- People on the ground should remain a minimum of 100 feet away from the landing zone.
- During takeoff and landing, the helicopter generates winds of approximately 75 mph. Ground personnel must protect patients and themselves from the hazards of flying debris and dust.
- The aircraft should be approached from the front only, as directed by the crew. The tail-rotor area should be avoided, and unauthorized personnel should not be anywhere near the vicinity.
- Crew members are the only ones with the authority to load and unload equipment or open and close the aircraft doors.
- Emergency lighting is essential to the pilot during takeoff and landing. Avoid flashbulbs, floodlights, headlights, etc. to ensure the pilot isn't blinded.