Rotor Blade Safety
- When the aircraft is approaching, be aware of debris that may become airborne due to the powerful downwash of air from its rotors. Stones,
dirt and any debris in the area can become a hazard, and it is recommended to stand at a safe distance, and not within the landing zone perimeter.
- When the aircraft has landed, do not approach the aircraft until you see the pilot gesture to you that it is safe to approach. This will be when the blades
have come to a complete stop.
- It is also very important to be conscious of the rotors, even when they are no longer rotating. This includes operating vehicles or equipment in close
proximity. Even minor contact with a rotor blade may result in damage that can render the aircraft unsafe to fly by UW Med Flight standards.
- All traffic should be blocked whenever the aircraft's engine or rotors are in operation.
With these simple safety tips, we can ensure that all members of our team remain safe. If you would like more information on landing zone safety, please call the UW Med Flight program at (608) 263-3258.