Helicopter Operations at Sea, 2nd Edition (eBook)

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November 1999

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Helicopter Operations at Sea, 2nd Edition (eBook)

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Helicopter activity within the marine environment continues to increase. With many manufacturers, models and configurations currently engaged in marine operations, this book helps in helicopter recognition and improved safety operations.

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This book highlights the operational features of the helicopter when working within the marine industry.

Chapter 1 Helicopter Passenger Procedures

Boarding procedures and passenger safety

Emergency response

Use of lifejackets and emergency instructions

Floatation gear

Ditched aircraft

Heli-immersion suits

Helicopters Associated equipment


Chapter 2 Routine Helicopter Operations at Sea

Deck landings

Deck plan and ‘land on’ operations

Communications heli-deck landing sites

HLO duties

Surface navigation requirements

On deck emergency

Hook handler and heli-deck personnel


Chapter 3 Ship Types and Helicopter Reception Facilities

Personnel duties and responsibilities

Reception facilities aboard commercial vessels:

  • Tankers

  • Passenger

  • Ro-Ro

  • Dry cargo ships

  • Bulk carriers

  • Container ships

  • Passenger ships

Marine Pilot operations

Anti-pollution control

Ice reconnaissance

General commercial ship/helicopter operations.

Chapter 4 Helicopter Types and Operational Features

Aircraft particulars

General all purpose marine helicopter

Commercial aircraft

Helicopter profiles and specific information


Operational ranges and payload capacities

Civilian operational roles

Helicopter hoist/winch details.

Chapter 5 Search and Rescue Role of the Helicopter

SAR operational detail – Search information and helicopter equipment – Hoist operations

Surface vessel engagement

Surface craft types



Rescue boats

Wet deck landings RNLI operations

Hi-line method

Baskets and surface recovery alternatives.

Chapter 6 Military Role of the Helicopter at Sea

Helicopter types and features

Anti-submarine role

Profile of the

‘Sea King’ helicopter

Airborne early warning

Strike aircraft

Utility operations

Personnel transfer

Underslung loads

Dipping sonar

Carrier based aircraft

Mine clearance option.

Chapter 7 Helicopter Support Facilities

Surface vessel/helicopter interaction Hanger and

maintenance facilities – Offshore refuelling and support activity

Military Helicopter Assault ships

HMS ‘Ocean’ and HMS ‘Argus’

U.S. Coastguard surface support

Air traffic control.

Chapter 8 Profile of the New EH-101 – MERLIN Helicopter

Aircrafts capabilities

Construction and equipment

Navy role: Anti-submarine warfare

Operational detail and range comparisons.

Chapter 9 Helicopter Training and Development

Tilt rotor concept

Helicopter tracking systems

Composite fuselage constructional advances

Training activities and organisations

Emergency Ditching

Capsize and dry evacuation training

Controlled and semi-controlled training scenarios.

During his sea-going career, David House spent four years engaged on the Irish Sea/Scottish Ferry routes, with Roll-on Roll-off freight and passenger vehicle operations. He continues his marine research and writing practice while lecturing in ‘Maritime Subjects’ in the United Kingdom.

He has published work across a spectrum of topics, including: General Seamanship, Navigation, Anchor Work, Marine Safety & Survival and Helicopter Operations. His works continue to be widely read in most maritime quarters around the world both ashore and afloat by practicing mariners and marine students.

Having served on a variety of vessels including: Dry and Bulk Cargo Ships, Passenger Liners, Containers, Reefer, and Ferries. This background with such diverse sea-going experience, together with over twenty years within Marine Education, provides an ideal source for his past and future works.

Title: Helicopter Operations at Sea, 2nd Edition (eBook)
Subtitle: A Guide for Industry
Edition: Second
Number of Pages: 186
Product Code: WS1075EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-543-3 (9781856095433), ISBN 10: 1-85609-543-6 (1856095436)
Published Date: November 1999
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Author: David J House

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