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- Subject: Re: Heliport on existing building
- From: "Jeff Creagan" <jeffc(--nospam--at)kpff.com>
- Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 14:33:24 -0800
Title: Heliport on existing building
The term "heliport" implies that refueling is involved. If that's the case, that would change the building classification and the garage would probably be non-compliant.
If it's only a "helipad" we're talking about, then there's probably no problem. Because this is a hospital, the helipad is considered private which means there are very few FAA requirements. You would minimally want to get approach/departure corridors approved for liability reasons, but even that's optional for a private helipad.
I worked on a similar design for a temporary helipad on an existing hospital garage. The existing slab didn't have the capacity to support the maximum design helicopter reactions, so we designed an elevated steel structure to span directly to the garage columns. Instead of guardrails, perimeter netting is provided for safety. Guardrails are potential hazards for the helicopters.
In lieu of doing the design yourself, there are companies that will provide a complete premanufactured package, including everything from platforms, striping, lighting, windsocks, etc. and handle all the FAA paperwork to boot.
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