Designing for an Offshore Helipad

Helicopter usage offshore, and in support of the shipboard industry, has been an important safety feature for 40+ years.  As the industry has grown and explorations have gone farther offshore the design of safe landing pads has become a more complex part of the design process.  During this time the FAA, API, ICAO, CAP 437 and the helicopter operators have developed an extensive set of design criteria that deals with every type of helipad design for oil rigs and shipboard applications. Over the past 18 years FEC Heliports has grown along with this industry and has taken a leading role in helping to write and develop many of these design standards.  Take advantage of our experience and FEC can do as much or as little of the helipad design that best fits your project.  We will deal with sizing and locating the pad, designing the safest ingress and egress flight paths, designing the support structure,  filing the proper paperwork and making sure all the required safety items are included with your helidek design.  This will allow you the additional time to focus on design aspects of your project that you know best!  Below is a partial list of the things FEC Heliports can offer along with some additional items we hope will help you get started.

  • Site Survey & Recommendations Report - FEC will find the best location for your pad and provide budget pricing to build
  • Complete Engineering Package - FEC will provide a drawing package for your project that anyone can use to bid
  • Consulting Services - As needed for whatever your project requires
  • Budget Pricing - Available at any time for any type project

Links to other websites you may find helpful:

NEMSPA-National EMS Pilots Association Heliport Video

NFPA 418-Standards for Heliports

FAA AC 150/5390-2C Heliport Design