Helideck Lighting workgroup

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Helideck Lighting Workgroup

Step Change in Safety has created a task-and-finish workgroup within the Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) to support Helideck Lighting. This workgroup has the objective of ensuring effective communication of helideck lighting implementation in line with CAP437 CAA requirements which become effective in March 2018. CAP437 states;

This publication provides the criteria applied by the CAA in assessing the standards of offshore helicopter landing areas for worldwide use by helicopters registered in the United Kingdom. The 7th Edition has been revised to incorporate the full and final specification for the helideck lighting scheme comprising perimeter lights, lit Touchdown/Positioning Marking Circle and lit Heliport Identification 'H' Marking. It also includes new ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices relating to offshore helidecks and shipboard heliports that are due to be adopted in March 2013. For the first time requirements were included in the 6th Edition for the design of winching area arrangements located on wind turbine platforms. With the benefit of lessons learned through various industry forums attended since 2008 these sections have been reviewed and updated to represent current best practice. CAP437


This page will publicise information to help organisations meet the March 2018 deadline. 

Workgroup Members

This workgroup is made up of representatives from IADC, the Northern North Sea, Eastern Irish Sea, Central North Sea and the Southern North Sea.  It has input from the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA);

Iain Anderson - Centrica David Waters - Perenco Mike Rae - Transocean
Ali Mitchell - Talisman Sinopec Gary Davidson - Shell



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Helideck Lighting Manufacturers

There are a number of manufacturers who are able to offer their services to retrofit existing helidecks. Currently, the HCA and the CAA are the only organisations which can approve lighting systems for this retrofit.

The HCA are in the process of creating a survey of all dutyholders to ascertain industry progress to date with the helideck lighting retrofit, what is planned, which companies have been awarded contracts and what the next steps are. The CAA expect that dutyholders will be able to demonstrate how they will meet the 1 April 2018 deadline by mid-2016. 

To find out who is certified and approved to retrofit helidecks please contact the HCA; 01224 704048

What happens if you don't meet the deadline

In circumstances where a compliant illuminated H and circle is not installed by the deadline, the helideck will be limited to daylight flights only. The CAA has outlined that daylight flights run from 30 minutes prior to sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset as dictated by the Air Navigation Order (ANO) - this is legally binding.


Case Studies

We are currently working on creating some case studies from members of the Helideck Lighting workgroup to showcase what companies have been doing to date and share any lessons they have learnt in the process