Access To Helicopters -- Rotors In Motion (Ref. FAR 91.13)
Edited By Matthew C. Keegan
On occasion, when your
jet touches down, a helicopter will meet up with your passengers and
transport them to their final destination. This is a more common occurrence
at airports such as TEB where time pressed executives need to get to
Manhattan promptly; only a helicopter can help them avoid the long lines of
traffic through congested Hudson River crossings.
The safety of your passengers is as important as when they egress your
business jet as it is when they are onboard.
However, the helicopter Captain will give safety instructions to the
passengers as they leave your aircraft and head over to the helicopter.
When the following criteria cannot be observed, the helicopter engines will
be shut down for other than direct entry to or egress from the passenger
compartment of the helicopter.
The Captain will ensure
that prior to departure, and again upon arrival, that all passengers are
briefed concerning the route for entering and disembarking with due regard
to the helicopter rotors.
A crewmember will be
seated at the controls of the helicopter at all times when the engines are
operating or the rotors are in motion.
Unsupervised access to
the baggage compartment while the engines are operating or the rotors are
turning will, without exception, be limited to company personnel who have
received instruction from company helicopter pilots concerning safety in and
around helicopters. Local agents at any facility may have access to these
compartments only if supervised by a company helicopter crewmember.