Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)


The aim and objectives of the Helicopter Landing Officer Training Program are to equip the delegate with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform the role of Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) safely and effectively.


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The Helicopter Landing Officer, also known as HLO is a person on an offshore facility responsible for landing incoming helicopters safely. It is the most vital part of the operating team for offshore helidecks. (A helideck is a purpose built helicopter landing area, usually on a ship or offshore oil/gas installation.) Over the years the offshore oil exploration and production business has relied upon helicopters as the main method of transferring personnel to and from their workplace.

A Helicopter Landing Officer is charged with the overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the helicopter landing area and associated equipment either in offshore or onshore installations. The HLO is also in control of associated helicopter operations, ensuring that helicopter landings, passenger and freight movements are done in a safe and expeditious manner.


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