CAA CAP1264 Lighting Scheme: First offshore installation
We partnered with L3Harris - Calzoni to install the new helipad lighting scheme introduced by the CAA’s guidance (CAP 1264) on the helipad at St. George’s hospital in Tooting, London (first onshore installation). The lighting improves the visual cues to pilots landing on the helipad at night.
Together with L3Harris-Calzoni, we performed the first onshore installation of the CAA’s guidance (CAP 1264) lighting system, which was originally developed for offshore helidecks in the North Sea oil & gas platforms - where it has been welcomed by pilots as a significant safety enhancement.
About the team
The lighting equipment was donated by L3Harris-Calzoni, while the installation costs were covered by the UK CAA. The installation was performed by CMF and Newpoint Group and Bayards, with support from Beamflight as the partner of L3Harris-Calzoni.
The kick-off meeting of the project has been held in December 2015: CAA UK explained the rationale for the proposed test - which aimed at validating the new helipad lighting specification included in CAP 1264, which is replacing the Department of Health’s Health Building Notice HBN 15-03 guidance.
The TD/PM circle has remained essentially unchanged from its offshore version - apart from the four wide access points provided to permit smooth, uninterrupted stretcher trolley access to the heliport ramp from the circle. The circle lighting was manufactured by L3Harris-Calzoni and installed on the helipad at St. George’s hospital in Tooting (London) in late 2017. A pic of the installation is attached below.
The Cross Marking
Rather than lower and strengthen the H lighting, we proposed to use a cross marking - as shown in the below's pic.
The Cross Marking was designed and manufactured by L3Harris-Calzoni and installed in mid-2019.
The new CAP1264 TD/PM lighting has been subject to several pilots’ flight trials and is now fully operational at St. George’s hospital. Positive feedback has been received from pilots operating on the helipad.
Further pictures are attached.