Cost of the 2-day course: $US1,200 pp

The Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the helideck, associated helideck operations and supervision of the Helideck Assistants (HDAs). The HLO will also be responsible for leading and managing the initial response to a helicopter emergency on an offshore fixed, mobile, floating installation or vessel and leading the HDA helideck emergency response team during the emergency. Inadequate training and awareness of the HLO could result in:

  • Inadequate preparation of the helideck and supporting infrastructure for helicopter operations onto and off the helideck.
  • Uncoordinated activities during helicopter operations that create uncertainty of tasks, responsibilities and 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 HLO, persons interested in developing to HLO 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
  • The certification allows the candidate to practice as an HLO, in compliance with OPITO standards, for 2 years.

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 certified course, which fully complies with OPITO Standards and requirements, will provide the prospective HLO with a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the legal and practical intricacies of offshore helideck operation with the emphasis on HLO tasks and responsibilities. Tailored especially for IOGP personnel this course is designed to ensure that the candidate not only becomes familiar with UKCAP 437 (Amended Ed. 8), but also other important legal guidelines such as:

  • 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

In addition, the course introduces the typical hazards associated with off shore operations; the meteorological requirements for offshore helicopter operations and clearly defines the role and responsibilities of the HLO.

The role and responsibilities of the HLO are clearly defined and the candidates are introduced to the concept of risk assessment and risk management.

More specifically the course includes, but is not limited to:

Module 1: Offshore Helideck Regulations and Guidelines

1.1 UKCAP 437 (Amended Ed.8)
1.3 ICAO Heliports Manual (Doc.9261)
1.4 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: HLO Responsibilities During Helicopter Landing and Departure

3.1 The Role and Key Responsibilities of an HLO
3.2 Meteorological Requirements/Weather Assessment
3.3 HLO Checks, Procedures and Communications during Helicopter Operations
3.4 The Supervision of HDAs

Module 4: Supervision of Passengers and Cargo Handling

4.1 The Supervision of Cargo Handling
4.2 The Supervision of 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 Helicopter Landing Officer but is designed instead as a starting point upon which to build further experience.