The detailed HIAT course covers all apects of the legal and practical safety requirements for the helideck and helideck operations. 

This 2-day course will provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth insight into the legal and practical intricacies of offshore helideck operation. Tailored especially for IOGP personnel this course is designed to ensure that you not only become familiar with UKCAA CAP 437 Edition 8 December 2016 Amendment 01/2018 September 2018, but also other important guidelines such as:

  • International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO ANNEX 14 VOL II Heliports
  • IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas producers) Standard (Report 590)
  • ICAO Heliports Manual (Doc. 92610
  • UKOOA North Sea Standards
  • Best Global Industry Practice

A 'Certificate of Awareness Training' is issued to all participants.


The course, based on the UKCAA CAP 437 Standard industry norm (Edition 8 December 2016 Amendment 01/2018 September 2018) - recognised by all major oil and gas exploration companies operating offshore, provides an effective inspection regime with associated legal and insurance coverage.

It has become evident that Helideck Inspection Awareness Training is not only critical to the Helideck inspection approval process but also to each crew member operating offshore, as in the final analysis the crew members, or specifically the pilot-in-command, has final responsibility for ensuring that the Helicopter Landing Site or Helideck is fit for purpose – this is not viable without formal awareness training.

In addition all HLO's involved in issuing the final clearance to land on the Helideck, should have undergone this training.

Other persons or agencies with an interest in Helideck Standards (e.g. national civil aviation authorities, governmental health and safety executives, offshore oil and gas representative organisations) should also consider the formal training process.

Flight Safety Africa (Pty) Ltd, is part of the Flight Safety Group (Australia) and an integral component of the HCA/Global Helideck inspection network which provides access to critical Helideck Committee amendment and update improvement processes.

Due to the constant changes, refresher training should take place at two yearly intervals – the refresher course requirement is covered in one day.

The two day Helideck Inspector Awareness Training Course covers as a baseline the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Publication 437 Standard, (Amended Edition 8 published September 2018), also included, as relevant:

  • International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO ANNEX 14 VOL II Heliports 
  • IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas producers) Standard
  • ICAO Heliports Manual (Doc.9261)
  • UKOOA North Sea Standards
  • Best Global Industry Practice



  • Basic Auditing and Inspection Technique
  • Inspector Equipment Requirements
  • Offshore Installation Protocols and Procedures
  • National Regulatory Requirements
  • UKCAA CAP 437 Update Differences


  • Landing Area Dimensions, Surface, Lighting and Markings
  • Helideck Equipment, including:

◦    Rescue and Fire-fighting Arrangements
◦    Radio Equipment
◦    Meteorological Equipment
◦    Standard Helideck Monitoring Systems
◦    Approach Aids

  • Safety Nets/Helideck and Perimeter
  • Turbulence created by Superstructure and/or Exhausts
  • Access Stairways
  • Obstruction Environment
  • Protective Clothing
  • Refuelling Facility
  • Helideck Crew
  • Documentation Requirements

Training: Cross check on all training requirements

  • Dangerous Goods
  • Weather Observer
  • VHF Radio Licencing

New Builds are assessed for UKCAA CAP 437 compliancy at the design stage, during construction and at final commissioning before operations commence. An overview of these processes is included.

The course also highlights the particular duties placed upon personnel involved in Helideck operations including:

  • Helicopter Company Personnel
  • Offshore Installation Personnel
  • Logistics and HSE Managers

Personnel required to perform inspections of helicopter landing areas.

Contact us to arrange a date and venue that will suit you!

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