Safety Matters

Helicopter Safety Precautions


Safety is the primary concern of any production. From the pilot’s pre-flight check, to safety briefings and pre-production, everything we do is about creating great footage in a safe environment. Aerial Filmworks works with everyone on the production to ensure the strictest safety standards are being followed.

The helicopter is the perfect aerial platform for capturing amazing footage. The helicopter also requires additional safety precautions. Safety of the aerial crew and all ground personnel is critical while the aircraft is on the ground. These safety precautions should be followed regardless of whether the aircraft is powered or not.

(This list contains general safety suggestions. The final word with safety is always with the pilot. Each situation and aircraft may require additional and unique safety precautions. If you are uncertain of any safety requirements, ask the pilot for an additional safety briefing.)

1. Always approach the helicopter from the front within the pilot’s vision.

2. Only approach after the pilot has acknowledged your presence and waves you forward.

3. Walk, don’t run, towards the aircraft.

4. Always move towards the aircraft in a crouched position even if the blades are turning slowly.

5. Never walk behind the aircraft or near the tail rotor or tail boom.

6. Do not throw any object towards or away from the aircraft.

7. Do not wear caps or hats that can blow off while walking near the aircraft. Do not lay loose clothing on the ground.

8. Unless authorized specifically by the pilot in command, remain 100′ away from any parked aircraft.

9. No smoking within 100′ of an aircraft or fuel truck.

10. Carry equipment parallel to the ground to avoid a rotor strike.

11. Watch any take-off or landing from a safe distance of 300′ or more. The down wash of the rotor blades can turn loose gravel into projectiles.

12. If anything looks out of place or unusual, or you see unauthorized persons near the aircraft, immediately notify the pilot or aerial crew.

13. If you are in the aircraft, do not open the door or depart the aircraft unless you have verbal consent from the pilot.. Helicopters typically have a 3 minute engine cool down period after landing. Be patient. Remember to always walk forward so the pilot can see you.

14. Step down cautiously as you exit the aircraft- metal steps can be slippery.

15. Work as a team. Do not rush. Think through every move.

16. Safety is everyone’s responsibility!