Helicopter Operational Support

The use of helicopters to support day-to-day operations is widespread across a diverse range of industries including; Defence, Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure Inspection, Offshore Wind Farm Support, Sightseeing and Private Executive Travel.

Although the use of helicopters is routine, the operational challenges of the helicopter itself, the different civil and military activities that it is being used for, and the overall airspace and environment in which it operates, all need to be carefully evaluated, planned and managed in line with the latest regulatory standards.  This is particularly the case when it is being used in a new environment or to complete a new task.

At Osprey we have an extensive portfolio of successful rotary wing projects under our belt, having assessed a wide range of parameters unique to helicopter operations; including airflow assessments, development of Helicopter Main Routes (HMR’s), helipad safeguarding and the development of innovative helideck operational procedures at offshore installations.  We can also apply new airspace concepts such as ‘Point In Space’ approaches to enhance operational effectiveness.

We are highly experienced in the provision of safeguarding solutions for both existing and proposed sites, with key expertise in the assessment of potential obstacles and the production of Aerodrome Safeguarding Maps in accordance with CAA criteria.

We are able to apply our expertise to a wide range of aerodrome types, ranging from single helipads and grass airstrips to large international airports.   We can support you in the following areas:

  • Feasibility Studies & Planning Support
  • Safeguarding Solutions
  • Safety Assessment & Advice
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Airspace Management
  • Obstacle Limitation Services


Nigel Hewitt

Team Leader - Platforms & Air Systems View Profile

Richie Hinchcliffe

Business Development Manager View Profile

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