Most of the country's estimated 6,000 heliports are operated by hospitals, and experts say that many of them have some kind of safety hazard. The problems, as well as solutions contained in the 2011 edition of NFPA 418, Heliports, are presented in "Heliport Help," a feature in the January/February 2012 editon of NFPA Journal®.
As part of the feature's online package, we've included a detailed slideshow, compiled by two members of the NFPA 418 technical committee, that illustrates a range of heliport hazards. In addition to presenting the problems in alarming detail, the slideshow also helps make a compelling case for local adoption of NFPA 418, which now references Federal Aviation Administration guidelines for all new and upgraded heliports.
-Scott Sutherland, executive editor, NFPA Journal