Until recently, helipads consisted of little more than slabs of concrete with windsocks to indicate wind direction. State-of-the-art helipad designs now include advanced features for safety, visibility, drainage, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics.

This course describes what makes up a high-performing helipad and the benefits an intelligent specification brings to those in the air and those on the ground who are involved in emergency helicopter transport of patients.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the challenges of emergency helicopter landings on a hospital site.
  • Define the features of a state-of-the-art helipad.
  • Understand the importance of a snow and ice melting system for a helipad.
  • Describe the value and features of a green helipad design.
  • Identify FAA and Trauma Level 1 trauma center requirements for helipads.