The Process

HC-A follows strict auditing procedures for the process of inspection and certification, including:

  • An entry meeting with relevant key personnel to explain the process and key aspects of the audit.
  • A qualitative and quantitative inspection of aircraft, helidecks/helipads and all related operational aspects using a comprehensive check list that reflects all requirements of applicable national and international aviation standards and regulations.
  • During helideck inspections, various instruments are used to test compliance, including the Findlay Irvine Micro Grip friction tester - the only one UKCAA approved - for the helideck surface and inclinometers for surface level incline calculations. Certification extends to operational safety and procedures, including lighting, helideck markings, obstacle free surfaces, fuel installations, fire-fighting (including foam testing), rescue equipment etc.
  • During audits and inspections, photographs are taken for record verification and specific documents relevant to regulation compliance are filed.
  • An exit meeting with key personnel to ensure consensus on non-compliance issues based on the presentation of objective evidence.
  • A final comprehensive report is presented in which all findings are recorded and photographs included, supporting various aspects of the audit and inspection.
  • The Inspector works closely with the relevant Master or OIM to assist with the close-out of all findings and non-compliances, to ensure maximum operating safety of the helideck