Hospital Helipad – Aviation Awareness

Half-day course | Virtual & In-company training
  • Examine the key principles of CAP 1264
  • Understand how helicopters operate in hospital landing areas
  • Master how to effectively manage your hospital helipad
Start Date End Date Venue Price (Excl. VAT) Availability Book
04/07/2024 04/07/2024 Online £230.00 Fully booked Book
What is CAP 1264 “Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas at Hospitals?”

CAP 1264, titled “Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas at Hospitals,” outlines comprehensive guidelines and standards established by aviation regulatory authorities for the safe and efficient design, operation, and maintenance of helicopter landing areas at medical facilities. This document aims to ensure the highest level of safety for patients, medical personnel, and aviation operators involved in helicopter operations at hospitals. CAP 1264 addresses various aspects such as helipad dimensions, approach and departure paths, obstacle clearance, lighting, signage, and communication protocols. By providing a thorough framework for the construction and utilisation of hospital helipads, CAP 1264 contributes to seamless coordination between medical and aviation teams, enabling swift and secure patient transfers via helicopter while maintaining stringent safety measures.

Course Overview

This course has been developed to help employees of the NHS, and locations who host helicopter operations on the NHS’s behalf. The course will develop understanding of how helicopters operate, and how to effectively manage your hospital helipad to enable lifesaving operations with minimal risk to staff, the public and the patient.

It is recognised worldwide the importance of Air Ambulance and Search & Rescue operations, and as a key facilitator of such lifesaving work it is vital that all hospitals with a helipad understand their obligations, and best practises whilst working within the aviation environment.

This course is delivered virtually but can be delivered in-person at your hospital facilities including an onsite element (for additional cost) or at a regional centre for geographically large NHS Trusts.

This course is suitable for all individuals who work at hospitals that wish to improve their knowledge of helicopter operations. This is suitable for all hospital roles, including those who do not interact with the helicopter but may provide security, oversight or have management responsibilities for those who work in the near vicinity of a hospital helipad.

This training course will include the following topics:

  • Overview of UK Emergency Services Aviation
  • Introduction to UK Aviation Regulation
  • Principles of Rotary Flight
  • Helicopter Operations
  • Managing Emergencies
  • Maintaining a Safe Operating Environment

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to through practical exercises and group discussion demonstrate an understanding of the following elements:

  • CAA Regulatory Principles
  • CAP1264 “Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas At Hospitals”
  • How do helicopters fly
  • Downwash and Outwash
  • Performance Class 1 operations
  • Interacting with aircraft
  • Fire Service Planning
  • Initial Emergency Response
  • Protecting the Public
  • Helipad Safeguarding

Experience working with helicopters at a hospital would be beneficial to your understanding of the course but not required.

Meet your Instructors

Tulki Jenkins

Tulki is a Policy Specialist at UK CAA, where he is responsible for developing Policy and Guidance for UK Heliports and Vertiports including Hospital Heliports. Following a career within an Air Ambulance operator working alongside NHS to develop new Hospital Heliports, and managing the ongoing safety and capability of existing Heliports, he joined the CAA in 2023 to bring operational experience into AAA Policy to enhance the guidance available to industry.

Tulki also brings experience to the CAA from structural and airfield infrastructure engineering as well defence where he currently serves as an Army Reservist in the field of Air & Land Integration and Close Air Support.

Tulki now manages the writing and development of CAP1264 “Standards for Helicopter Landing Areas at Hospitals” alongside other CAA documents and works within international bodies such as ICAO to further advance International Heliport Operations. Focusing on all elements of UK Heliport Policy he also has a role to play in the future as the CAA looks at novel electric ‘eVTOL’ aviation and the aerodrome infrastructure they will utilise.“

Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne is a Policy Specialist in the UK CAA’s Flight Operations Department and has been responsible for the development of standards for offshore helidecks (in CAP 437) and, until mid-2023, for onshore helicopter landing sites at hospitals (in CAP 1264). Kevin served as the UK member of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Heliport Design Working Group (HDWG) from 2007-2023, and for much of that period was also chairman (Rapporteur) of the group. Under his watch many of the standards developed by ICAO and published in Annex 14 Volume II and the Heliport Manual, were introduced into the 1st Edition of CAP 1264 in 2016.

Besides training Kevin has been involved in various projects with CAA International over the years, including feasibility studies for new Helicopter Landing Sites at UK hospitals, a review of standards for offshore helidecks operating in Brunei Darussalam and a review of fire flighting provisions at remote helicopter operating sites in the Seychelles.

Additional Information

Course delivery methods

This course can only be attended virtually online. At present, this course is not delivered in-person at one of our training venues.

  • Instructor-Led Virtual Course: Enjoy the flexibility of attending this training remotely from your home or office with our live virtual course. Engage in interactive learning from anywhere in the world. We will use Microsoft Teams to deliver this course. This half-day course will take place from 09:00 to 13:00 (UK time).

If you can’t see an upcoming course date, we likely haven’t released the next set of dates. Please get in touch to find out when we’ll announce the new dates, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed once they are available or even add you to our waiting list.

In-company delivery

We can also tailor this training course to suit your organisation’s training requirements. These bespoke training packages can be delivered at your organisation’s location – almost anywhere, worldwide. Please Contact us for more information and to discuss your requirements.

Further reading

CAP 1264: Standards for helicopter landing areas at hospitals
The purpose of the CAP is to promulgate design standards and options for new heliports and refurbishments located at hospitals in the United Kingdom.

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