The production of the guidance material contained in this Paper was commissioned in response to a recommendation (ref. 10.3 (i)) that resulted from earlier research into offshore helideck environmental issues, reported in CAA Paper 99004. The lack of any guidance on good offshore helideck design practice was noted during that study, and the provision of such material identified as an important factor in addressing the underlying safety issues affecting helicopter operations to offshore installations.
The guide was prepared by BMT Fluid Mechanics, and is available at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAPAP2004_02.PDF.
This report summarises the results of research activities undertaken over a period of about twelve years, aimed at improving the safety of offshore helicopter operations, and initiated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in response to recommendations made in the 1984 HARP and 1995 RHOSS reports. A number of associated but hitherto unpublished papers and research reports are attached as appendices to this report.
The paper was prepared for the CAA by BMT Fluid Mechanics and is available at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/2005_06.PDF
The research reported in this paper was funded by the Safety Regulation Group of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, and was performed by BMT Fluid Mechanics Limited.
Full text of the paper is available at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/2004_03.PDF.
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