North Carolina State Highway Patrol Aircraft Operations Familiarization M
Student Performance Objectives • Explain appropriate uses for the NC Highway Patrol aircraft. • Explain safety practices which should be followed when working around aircraft.
Student Performance Objectives • Explain the methods for requesting a NC Highway Patrol aircraft. • Explain what information should be included in a mission request.
Requesting NCSHP AircraftAllied Agencies • Utilize their Chain of Command. • Daytime • Contact Unit Commander. • Unit Commander notifies Aircrew. • Nighttime • Contact the nearest SHP Communications Center. • Troop OD notifies SOS OD. • Aircrew makes a safety assessment based on weather conditions.
Requesting NCSHP AircraftAllied Agencies During Normal Business Hours: Aircraft Operations Unit Commander Lieutenant Todd Woodard Office – (919) 661-4841 Mobile – (919) 524-2167 After Hours: Any Highway Patrol Telecommunication Center
Requesting NCSHP AircraftNeeded Information • Location • GPS is preferable • Format – hddd* mm.mmm’ • Description • Clothing • Direction of travel • Medical Conditions
Requesting NCSHP AircraftNeeded Information • Point of contact • Name • Radio call sign • Contact telephone number • Radio Communications Procedures • VIPER System • State Event Talkgroups • Troop Mutual Aid Talkgroups • Local County Mutual Aid Talkgroup • Local County Law Talkgroup • Conventional Radio • Receive Frequency • Transmit Frequency • PL Tone
Requesting NCSHP AircraftNeeded Information • Does the suspect have a weapon? • Is there a Landing Zone (LZ)? • Easily Accessible • Free of obstructions • Minimum size 100 foot x 100 foot • Firm surface • Free of agriculture rows for clearance
Requesting NCSHP AircraftNeeded Information • Good examples: • Athletic fields • Blocked highways • Agricultural fields without crops
Helicopter Safety • Eye protection – Firearms Safety Glasses • Hearing protection – Firearms Hearing Protection • DO NOT approach helicopter unless a pilot signals you. • ALWAYS approach helicopter from the sides, NEVER from the rear.
Helicopter Safety • DO NOT smoke or run near aircraft. • DO NOT approach from an upslope. • Essential personnel must remain 100 feet away from the landing zone. Onlookers kept 200 feet away. • Secure all headgear near spinning blades.