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Which one of the following statements is correct regarding Performance Class 3 operations to a helideck?
  • A
    Performance Class 3 day operations to a helideck are permitted with prior approval from the Authority with turbine-powered helicopters with a MOPSC of 6 or less.
  • B
    Performance Class 3 operations are permitted to a helideck by day and night.
  • C
    Performance Class 3 operations are not permitted to a helideck.
  • D
    Performance Class 3 operations to a helideck are permitted with a MOPSC of 6 or less.

The term ‘helideck’ includes take-off and landing operations on ships and vessels and covers ‘shipboard final approach and take off areas (FATOs).

1. According to CAT.POL.H.400 - General (PC3):

  • Operations shall NOT be conducted:

(1) out of sight of the surface;

(2) at night;

(3) when the ceiling is less than 600 ft; or

(4) when the visibility is less than 800 m.

2. According to CAT.POL.H.420 - Helicopter operations over a hostile environment located outside a congested area (PC3):

  • Operations over a non-congested hostile environment without a safe forced landing capability with turbine-powered helicopters with an MOPSC of six or less shall only be conducted if the operator has been granted an approval by the competent authority, following a safety risk assessment performed by the operator. Before such operations take place in another Member State, the operator shall obtain an endorsement from the competent authority of that State.

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