The integration of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters on an airfield can present considerable difficulties to airfield ATC.
IFATCA Policy is:
Procedures should be developed in order to integrate fixed and rotary-winged operations at airfields. In developing these procedures cognisance should be taken of the unique operating characteristics of the helicopter. To accommodate such operations local procedures should be developed to permit:
a) the development of discrete helicopter departure and arrival routes;
b) shorter instrument or radar approach patterns;
c) approaches to subsidiary runways followed by a suitable visual manoeuvre for landing on a separate heli-runway or helipad;
d) reduced horizontal separation on radar approaches between helicopters following fixed-wing aircraft, subject to proper authorisation and wake turbulence;
e) landing and take-off at intersections of runways, subject to wake vortex considerations.
IFATCA would encourage the development of separate helicopter facilities on existing airfields where considered beneficial and would also approve the integration of rotary- wing and fixed-wing operations at such airfields.
|See: WP 53 – Athens 1985 and WP 84 – Cancun 2002
See also: WP 29 – Cairo 1981
Last Update: September 29, 2020