Following the changes in regulation of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), the characteristics of some hospital sites in France do no longer enable operations in compliance with operational rules. Considering the public interest of those flights, it was decided to allow, under authorization, to carry on the operations on some of these sites known as “public interest sites”, provided a refit program is set up and followed by French Civil Aviation Authority. The technical directors of hospitals in charge of this setting to the standards expressed the need for a support synthesizing operational and technical elements to take into account, in accordance with regulations in force.
More generally any hospital heliport or helipad designer would benefit from it. Finally, some departments of French Civil Aviation Authority pointed out that they would sometimes face difficulties in the study of administrative documents for the creation or refitting of heliports, in order to emit the statutory opinion for submission to the prefect.
This guide will provide those involved with the provisions to be applied for the layout of new or existing sites.