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Follow ESYS

  • be reasonable in your requests
  • support the pilot's safety decisions know
  • how to embark and disembark
  • inflight and ground procedures
  • location and use of safety and survival equipment
  • emergency procedures
  • what is expected of you on the flight


  • dress for the weather
  • inform the pilot of:
    • your baggage weight
    • applicable medical problems
    • susceptibility to motion sickness
  • don't smoke in or around the helicopter
  • stay well to the side of the helipad when the helicopter is arriving or departing
  • secure your clothing and headgear against rotor winds
  • protect your eyes against blown dust and particles
  • keep the helipad clear
  • wait for instructions to approach or leave the helicopter
  • approach and leave to the side or front in a crouched position - never by the rear of the helicopter
  • if you can, wait until the rotors stop turning
  • approach and leave by the downslope side - for rotor clearance
  • carry gear firmly at your side, never over your shoulder or above your head
  • never throw items towards or out of a helicopters
  • load cargo carefully and secure it against movement
  • ensure baggage compartment doors are properly closed and latched
  • take a reserve of special medications you require in the event of enroute delays


  • secure seatbelts (and shoulder straps, if provided) while in flight
  • use helmet or headset if provided
  • remain in your seat unless given permission to move
  • don't smoke unless given permission
  • do not distract the pilot during takeoff, manoeuvering or landing
  • read instructions on the operation of doors, emergency exits, and the location of the ELT (emergency locator transmitter) and emergency equipment.


  • follow instructions
  • do not distract the pilot
  • check that any loose gear in the cabin is secured
  • wear helmet if provided
  • remove eye glasses and put into your pocket(you might need them later)
  • assume brace position
  • tighten seatbelt
  • with shoulder straps, tighten and sit upright, knees together, arms folded across chest
  • without shoulder straps, bend forward so chest is on your lap, head on knees, arms folded under thighs.


  • wait for instructions to exit, or until rotor stops turning
  • assist others to evacuate well clear of the aircraft
  • remove first aid kit and other emergency equipment after no threat of fire
  • administer first aid if required
  • remove ELT, read instructions and activate
  • set up camp to be as comfortable as possible
  • make the site as conspicuous as possible from the air
  • stay near the aircraft - don't wander away from the site.

Always remember that help is on its way.


  • listen carefully to the pilot's overwater pre-flight briefing
  • wear a lifejacket and/or immersion suit
  • know seatbelt fastening, tightening, releasing procedures
  • know the location and operation of doors and emergency exits
  • know the location and operation of the ELT
during an emergency:
  • obey the pilot's ditching instructions
  • remove tie, loosen collar
  • assume brace position when advised by the pilot
  • wait for instructions to exit, or until rotor stops turning
after a ditching:
  • establish a reference position
  • release seat belt
  • inflate lifejacket and liferaft when clear of helicopter

Is your helicopter multi-engine and/or float equipped for overwater operations? In Canada, single-engine helicopters are not approved for operations beyond gliding distance from land unless float equipped.

Thanks to:

Transport Canada
Transport Canada Building
Ottawa, Ontario KI A ON8