Working around a helicopter soon? Follow these steps to stay safe and respect its flight crew.
When approaching or leaving helicopter:
- Always look for a crew chief's or pilot's signal BEFORE approaching the helicopter.
- Always approach or leave to the FRONT of the helicopter so that you are continually within the pilots's or crew chief's view. (About a 45 degree angle off the front.)
- Approach or leave in a CROUCHED position.
- DO NOT RUN when approaching or leaving the helicopter.
- Do not carry objects above head level, thus avoiding possibility of being struck by the rotor blades.
- NEVER walk past the rear bulkhead.
- Never approach or leave the helicopter from any side where the ground is higher than the ground on which the helicopter is standing or hovering. Don't walk down slope to a helicopter or up slope away from a helicopter.
- Parked vehicles - vehicles and other conveyances shall be kept at a distance from the helicopter equivalent to that prescribed for persons, or greater, if the pilot or crew chief so directs.
- Smoking - there shall be no smoking within 100 feet of the helicopter during landing or take-off operations.
- Do not stand under a hovering helicopter.
- All persons shall stay at least 50 feet away from the helicopter rotors when rotor blades are in motion unless otherwise authorized by pilot or crew chief.
- Rotors lower as RPM decreases.
- Stay away from tail rotor at ALL times.