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cured, or removed. “We also define the landing zone,


emergency landing areas, lift and release points, and the flight path for the equip- ment being lifted. We identify control points for crowd pedestrians, other vehi- cles, etc. and also determine if there’s po- tential for the load to penetrate the roof, and how many floors may need to be va- cated. We must protect the general public. In most cases the entire building is va- cated. We also work with surrounding businesses that may have to close until af-


ter the helicopter lift is done. This usually makes the job go on a Sunday, which causes the least impact on them, and means an early morning lift for us. “Now we take all the information we’ve gathered and must submit a Congested Area Lift Plan to the local Flight Stan- dards District Office (FAA). Their field inspector will go to the location and verify all the information we’ve submitted, ensuring that we have done everything proper, have control points in place to pro- tect the general public, identified potential


hazards and corrected them, and that we have sufficient room to land the helicopter, lift the equipment, and place the equip- ment. He will contact all other parties, such as local police, fire, and other offi- cials that may require notification of the helicopter lift. “The Congested Area Lift Plan has sev- eral line items that must be completed, in- cluding: site drawing, helicopter type, registration number, category standard, date of lift, time of lift, long line length, max. load weight, operational altitude


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