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NOGEPA 1.1A Helicopter Landing Officer


The Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) on an offshore mining installation is responsible for helicopter deck operations prior to landing, during landing and takeoff of a helicopter, including passenger boarding and disembarking, cargo handling and refueling when applicable.

The HLO is also responsible for responding to emergencies on the helicopter deck. Therefore, a valid certificate from the “Basic or Refresher Member Firefighting and Rescue team course” (course 2.6a/b) is a requirement for the HLO.

In case of offshore mining installations where no helicopter refueling takes place, a valid “Basic or Refresher Course in Fire-Fighting Helicopters” (course 2.9a/b) is sufficient.

Course type:

Functionally oriented training.

Target audience:

Persons designated to act as Helicopter Landing Officer on an offshore mining installation.


Participants train in theoretical knowledge and practical execution of all activities related to helicopter operations on a mine installation, both under normal conditions and in emergency situations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hazards of helicopter operations, hazardous areas, access and escape routes (helicopter deck and helicopter), (personal) protective equipment to be used, cleaning, maintenance and completion of available equipment.
  • Command and control of helicopter deck preparation and associated (firefighting) equipment for helicopter landing and takeoff.
  • Conduct and record exercises related to various emergency situations.
  • Lead the execution of normal and emergency procedures during helicopter landing and take-off.
  • Radio procedures during arrival and departure.
  • Processing post-landing documentation related to passengers and cargo (including hazardous materials).
  • Lead and act as controller in the boarding and alighting of persons and the loading and unloading of cargo (including hazardous materials).
  • Lead and act as controller in loading the helicopter and collecting data for determining the weight of the helicopter.
  • Lead and act as controller while performing procedures and operations for starting helicopter engines and any other support.

Learning objectives fuel loading:

  • Lead and act as a controller during the loading of fuel into the helicopter, as well as maintaining the relevant register.
  • Perform fuel quality checks.


The efficient execution of all the techniques mentioned in the learning objectives.

Prerequisites for practical exercises:

Maximum of 6 participants per instructor.


Basic training = 2 days

Refresher course = 1 day


Two (2) years

Requirement for participation:

The participant must possess a valid registration in the Personal Safety Logbook of:

  • The basic or refresher course “Member Firefighting and Rescue team” (2.6a/b) in case of tank activities on the installation.
  • If there are no refueling activities on the installation, the basic or refresher course “Fire-Fighting Helicopters” (2.9a/b).
  • An offshore medical certificate.