Over the weekend HeliExperts International LLC unveiled a new “Heliport Risk and Liability Assessment Toolkit” to the rotary wing community at this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference. This new heliport risk assessment program is centered around 15 specific categories that are based on FAA, NFPA and OSHA regulations and guidelines as well as industry best practices.
The assessment tool is designed to help heliport owners and helicopter operators identify potential operational risks at heliports and calculate the overall risk and liability exposure they represent, both individually and collectively. Once identified, risks can be appropriately mitigated through removal, updates, modifications or the implementation of operational limitations.
The principal author and architect of the heliport assessment toolkit, Rex Alexander, has worked in collaboration with multiple government, commercial and private agencies, organizations and individuals over the past four years in the development and field testing of this safety management tool.
According to Mr. Alexander; “We identified a void in the rotary wing community from a risk analysis and safety management perspective as it pertained to rotary wing infrastructure and set out to develop an educational product that anyone could use and would be free to everyone.”