All crew members please read the attached notes about helicopter safety. Procedures and instructions must be followed diligently; your personal safety depends mostly on your actions.
Please respect cautions and instructions and take note of the following
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR WORK IN & AROUND AIRCRAFT
Never enter the landing area without first obtaining the permission of the designated Safety Controller.
IF YOU DO FLY make sure you wear a seatbelt at all times, keeping it fastened until the pilot signals that it is safe to release it. Sometimes it can appear that a helicopter has finally landed when it hasn't.
Do not approach an aircraft closer than 200 feet either on foot or with a vehicle without first checking.
When you do approach an aircraft always keep in the line of sight of the Pilot. The same goes for when you leave. NEVER APPROACH OR DEPART FROM THE REAR. The tail section of the helicopter is particularly dangerous. NEVER duck under the tail boom; always walk around the front.
Never approach a helicopter by walking down a slope or depart a helicopter by walking up a slope. You could walk into a blade.
When approaching or departing a helicopter with the blades turning, always make sure the Pilot knows what you are doing and duck your head bending over from the waist.
The blades can flex down or even be moved down by the Pilot. The most dangerous time is when the blades are turning slowly and the wind is gusty. You can stand up straight when within arms length of the cabin.
The landing area must be kept secure, clean and clear of debris.
Helicopter rotors and aeroplane propellers tend to blow dust, dirt, sand and loose articles. Watch for equipment being toppled over; take particular care with cameras on tripods, lights and reflectors.
Absolutely NO SMOKING within 50 feet of any aircraft or the refuelling vehicle.
NEVER, EVER, RUN in the vicinity of the aircraft. Nothing is more important than your life!
Do not attach or detach ANYTHING to or from an aircraft without the permission of the Pilot or Engineer. When finished, get your work checked for safety.
When carrying equipment around an aircraft, please take care. Keep long or tall items PARALLEL to the ground within 100 feet of a helicopter. The skin surfaces, antennae and Plexiglas windows are all fragile and expensive.
Please take care not to EXTEND any equipment such as booms, lights, supports, props, etc. up into the path of the rotor blades.
NEVER THROW anything in the vicinity of an aircraft, especially if the engine or blades are turning.
The pilots have strict instructions on who can fly. No one can fly unless they are authorised and insured by the production office.
The Pilot or Safety Controller will brief all personnel who need to be closer than 200 feet prior to the commencement of any flight.
The Pilot will fully brief all on board as to the location of safety equipment and emergency procedures for the intended flight.
During flight Air/Ground communications must be maintained. Normally limited to the 1ST AD, the Safety Controller, action vehicle and the landing site controller.
When stunt flying or low level aerial filming is taking place only essential personnel are allowed closer than 200 feet to the aircraft or its projected flight path.
The Pilot has final authority over all flight operations. If you have any questins, please ask.
No one can change their position or the position of any equipment, props or sets without informing the Pilot or Safety Engineer.
Action vehicle drivers must not change their agreed route or speed without informing the Pilot.
In the event of suspecting that the aircraft may have a problem and could crash or land heavily, the advisable course of action for personnel within 200 feet of the aircraft is to IMMEDIATELY LIE FACE DOWN AND COVER THEIR HEADS, remaining in that position until any flying debris has ceased and it is safe to move.