Links

Transport Canada: www.tc.gc.ca

International Association of Airport Executives: www.iaaecanada.org

International Civil Aviation Organization: www.ICAO.int

 

Red Deer Airport (CYQF): www.flyreddeer.com

Helicopter Association of Canada: www.h-a-c.ca

Helicopter Association International: www.rotor.com

 

Glossary of Terms

Approach/Departure Path: 
An area consisting of a quadrilateral area on the surface of the earth lying directly below the approach/take-off surface.

Elevated/Rooftop Heliport:
A heliport elevated more than 75cm above the normal elevation of the ground.
Emergency Landing Area: An area where an unavoidable landing or ditching may take place with a reasonable expectancy of no injuries to persons or damage to property on the surface.

Final Approach and Take-Off Area (FATO): 
A defined area over which the final phase of the approach manoeuvre to hover or landing is completed and from which the take-off manoeuvre is commenced.
 
Obstacle: 
An object that could have an adverse effect on the safe operation of aircraft in flight or on the ground.

Safety Area: 
A defined area surrounding the FATO which is kept free of obstacles other than objects required for navigation purposes.

Surface Level Heliport: 
A heliport located on the ground or a floating heliport located on the water.

Touch Down and Lift-Off Area (TLOF): 
A load-bearing area on which a helicopter may touch down or lift off.
Transitional Surfaces: 
A complex surface along the side of the safety area and part of the side of the approach/take-off surface that slopes upwards and outwards at a 1:2 slope to a height of 45m.
 
Flight Path Divergence: 
The outer edge of the flight path beginning at the outside edge of the safety area and diverging at a uniform rate (10% day use, 15% night use) from a line parallel to the center line of the flight path. 

Obstacle Limitation Surfaces (OLS): 
Consists of a plane in space defining the approach surface, take off surface, and transitional surface.

NVG:  
Night Vision Goggles

Heliport: 
An aerodrome used or intended to be used for the arrival, landing, takeoff or departure of vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOL); Typically used in reference to a certified “Heliport” under the Transport Canada 305 and 325 regulations and standards.

Helipad: 
A designated area, usually with a prepared surface, used for the takeoff, landing, or parking of helicopters. The term is often used interchangeably with the more proper term “Heliport.” It is typically used to define a less formally developed landing area than a “Heliport.”

 



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