Memorial Star Training

Falcon Fire B-Shift hosted Memorial Star for a training class on landing zones and helicopter operation

Memorial Star Transport's Primary Flight Team (PFT) has specialized training for helicopter transport from scenes and inter-facility.

FFPD would like to thank the crew from Memorial Star for a great training, and lunch, on Friday, June 3rd.  The flight crew discussed various important topics with the “B” Shift crew at FFPD.  They informed us about the “choppers” limitations (and restrictions) in regards to winter weather, wind, and visibility.  They also discussed the different ways to call for a “chopper”: “Immediate GO: the aircraft will head out to the address/intersection immediately and plan to land; “Air Standby”: the aircraft will head out to the address/intersection but fly above until further direction is provided; “Ground Standby”: Crew will board the aircraft, start the rotors, but wait for further direction.  Of course, SAFETY was a big topic of discussion.  They explained the following SAFETY issues:

               1) The more the ground contact can tell them about the landing zone, the better. (wind direction, speed of wind, type of surface they will be landing on, power lines, wires, trees, livestock, loose debris,   etc…)

               2) They prefer a landing zone approximately 100 feet long X 100 feet wide (if possible).

               3) Remember: they will be landing by flying INTO the wind (and taking off WITH the wind).

               4) Always, always, always approach the “chopper” from the 12 o’clock position and make eye contact with the pilot before approaching.

               5) Never, never, never approach from the rear, and never go behind the BIG white star on the side of the “chopper” (this will keep you away from the tail rotor).

               6) Secure all loose objects, so they don’t get sucked into the manifold (hats, clothing, blankets).

               7) Night landing: try to cross the headlights of two or more vehicles so the lights cross in the middle of the landing zone.

               8) Memorial Star loads the patient with a “hot load” (helicopter rotors still running), so try to wait until a MEMO STAR crewmember is present before approaching the aircraft to load the patient.