Under the supervision of the Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO), Offshore Helideck Assistants (HDAs) typically carry out routine helideck operations such as maintenance and testing of helideck systems and equipment. HDAs also assist with passenger embarkation and disembarkation, as well as transferring freight and passenger baggage to and from the helicopter when it has landed on the helideck of an offshore fixed or mobile installation or vessel. HDAs will perform the role of HDA Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) when preparing for helicopter landings on offshore helidecks and during helicopter emergencies. Inadequate training and awareness of the HDA could result in:

  • Inadequate preparation of the helideck and supporting infrastructure for helicopter operations onto and off the helideck.
  • Uncertainty of tasks and responsibilities leading to confusion that could put the helideck crew, helicopter and flight crew and passengers at risk.
  • Delayed, inadequate or incorrect response to helicopter emergencies that could lead to damage to equipment, injury or loss of life.
  • Helideck crew, due to a lack of information and guidance, are unable to influence their managers and communicate safety shortfalls and/or recommend safety enhancements

Who should attend this course?

Persons appointed to develop to HDA, persons interested in developing to HDA or anyone with an interest in Offshore Helideck Operations

What are the benefits for attendees?

  • Increased knowledge and awareness: without knowing clearly what standard needs to be attained how can you implement what needs to be done?
  • Increased personal safety, career enhancement, extra leverage with superiors
  • Certification that allows them to work as OPITO Compliant HDA's 

Long term, the benefits on an organisational level include increased safety, enhanced reputation and less exposure to risk.

What does the course cover?

This 2 - day course, which complies with OPITO standards and requirements, focuses on the practical intricacies of offshore helideck operation with the emphasis HDA tasks and responsibilities. The concepts of risk assessment and risk management, in relation to the HDA function, will be introduced, In addition, the attendees will be exposed to the regulatory requirements of helideck operations, most specifically UKCAP 437 (Ed.8) which governs all physical and operational aspects of the helideck. The course will also introduce the candidates to other important international guidelines, including:

  • International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO ANNEX 14 VOLII Heliports
  • IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas producers) Standard (Doc.590)
  • ICAO Heliports Manual (Doc. 9261)
  • UKOOA North Sea Standards
  • Best Global Industry Practice

More specifically the course includes (but is not limited to):

Module 1: Offshore Helideck Regulations and Guidelines

  • UKCAA UKCAP 437 (Edition 8)
  • ICAO Heliports Manual
  • National Regulatory Requirements (as applicable)

Module 2: Helicopter and Helideck Hazards and Management Systems

2.1 Introduction to Helideck Crew
2.2 Offshore Helideck Landing Areas
2.3 Helideck Equipment and Systems
2.4 Helicopter and Helideck Hazards
2.5 Helicopter Refueling Awareness

Module 3: Preparation for Helideck Operations

3.1 The Role and Responsibilities of the HDA
3.2 Meteorological Requirements/Weather Assessment
3.3 Preparing for Helideck Operations

Module 4: Assisting with Passengers and Cargo Handling

4.1 Cargo Handling
4.2 Passenger Handling

Module 5: Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (DGbA) – Awareness

5.1 Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (DGbA) – Awareness

On completion of the course each attendee will receive a certificate of attendance. Please note that this course alone does not qualify the attendee to operate as a Helideck Assistant but is designed instead as a starting point upon which to build further knowledge and experience.