Private heliport requirements
Posted 04 September 2007 - 21:48
Does anybody know if the FAA (or any other governmental body in the U.S. in general) has set out minumum design requirments for private heliports? Any rules on fuel being kept on-site?
Posted 04 September 2007 - 22:03
States tend to govern the particulars on "private landing areas". An LZ may need to classified as one if you plan on landing there more than X number times a year. It's a tax thing....not a safety thing, no matter how much they like to preach about it. If you don't need to build a true "helipad", DON'T! Just put a concrete pad in with a windsock nearby.
States will also control all the fuel stuff. Tier I, Tier II, all that bs. If you don't need a whole lot of fuel, there are small fuel trailers (400 gallon) in the back of Trade-a-Plane which will do the trick. They are very well made and will get you out of any state req's since they are a trailer. Or you can make one yourself for less out of a small lawnmower trailer. The fines on improperly inspected or maintained on big fuel tanks (above or below ground) can be in the tens of thousands of dollars PER DAY.
Posted 04 September 2007 - 22:04
Well there ya go, Delorean beat me to and provided something useful. Thanks D.
Posted 04 September 2007 - 22:36
I was very suprised at how easy the process was. The Oregon Department of Aviation charged $350. This was the only fee that I paid. It only took about two weeks for the conditional approval. The hardest part was convincing the neighbors and the city that they needed a heliport next door. Your states department of aviation can guide you through the entire process. As far as fuel being kept on site - thats up to the local government. The key is that it's a PRIVATE heliport - that cuts out a lot of red tape.
If you have any specific questions let me know.
Posted 05 September 2007 - 00:54
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