HEI Heliport Safety & Certification

A higher safety standard

No two heliports are alike, so we believe no one-size-fits-all program is appropriate. The HEI Heliport Safety & Certification program is designed to work with your facility, operations and needs to identify specific hazards unique to your location and offer valuable mitigation insight to avoid costly losses.


To achieve this goal, our certification program delivers certification relevant to heliport size, usage and operations, with pricing reflective of heliport size and usage.



Full Certification

Heliports meeting all FAA, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and HEI good practice criteria, including having an Operations and Training program in place, receive full certification.

Conditional Certification

Some Heliports with outstanding risks and mitigation recommendations may receive Conditional Certification for a period of six months, allowing time to address recommended mitigations outlined in the Safety Audit. To receive full certification, HEI will verify improvements made to mitigate risks, either through photo inventory or a site visit. When risks have been mitigated, the heliport receives Full Certification.

Safety Advisory

Facilities unable to meet certification standards still benefit significantly from a thorough Safety Audit, training, and support. For instance, facilities seeking guidance for updates or replacement undergo the extensive audit and receive the same thorough reports with detailed mitigation requirements, allowing facility operators to develop capital expenditure requests and begin increasing heliport safety.

Certification Process

The certification process begins with a through Safety Audit, which concurrently meets corporate and government contract compliance audit requirements. The audit starts with data collection from the heliport operator (design, development and regulatory files) and progresses to a site inspection visit by an HEI-trained auditor with significant rotorcraft operations experience to inspect elements and potential hazards, including:

  • Management
  • Documentation
  • Touchdown & Liftoff Area (TLOF)
  • Final Approach & Takeoff Area (FATO)
  • Safety Area
  • Marking & Signage
  • Lighting
  • Approach/Departure Paths
  • Off-site Airspace Inventory
  • Parking & Taxi Areas
  • Windsock(s)
  • General Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Security
  • Training & Education
  • Insurance
  • Night Vision Systems Environment

During the inspection, the HEI auditor meets with management to review the facility’s current and planned future use, operations manuals, training, etc. Additionally, HEI uses a licensed drone operator to perform an up-to date and accurate 3D inventory of the heliport and immediate area, which is included in the final report.

Audit Report

HEI presents the audit findings and remedial actions brief in a preliminary out briefing and again in a detailed follow-up written report, which includes any hazards and specific remedial recommendations, if any, and can include a full risk analysis if requested.


The final detailed report includes text, photos, and, where appropriate, video to include:

  • A full heliport inventory and discussion of all aspects of the heliport
  • Clear identification of risks and hazards with recommended remedial actions
  • A 3D airspace map of the heliport, surrounding area and airspace clearances, including highlighting critical areas the heliport operator must ensure remain clear for the safe operation of the heliport.

Additional Services

HEI’s Heliport Safety and Certification Program is far more than an audit program. We help you meet or exceed industry safety recommendations. With more than 150 years of combined aviation, helicopter, and heliport expertise and more than 75 combined years in aeronautical consulting, safety, heliport development, education, and litigation support, the HEI team offers continual support and service to help you maintain the highest level of safety possible. Entrusting the experts to strengthen your safety, you save time and money, and have the peace of mind that your facility is the safest it can be.

Operations and Training Manual

For facilities without this document, HEI offers a customized manual covering heliport policies, operating procedures and training, a mandatory requirement of NFPA 418, Standards for Heliports. This manual includes information required to safely operate the heliport and comply with the governing regulations and industry standards, including normal and emergency procedures. An informational packet for potential users of the heliport is also available.

Heliport Airspace Protection Matrix

A thorough overview of the airspace surrounding the heliport and identification of the on-site and off-site areas where operational safety can be compromised by the erection of potential obstacles and hazards.

Heliport Safety & Training

Customized classroom and hands-on training for heliport security and operations personnel, including live practice and training if desired. Annual training is a requirement by the NFPA and can be done via computer-based training, also available through HEI.

Maintaining Certification

Heliports maintain their certification annually by submitting photographs and completing a questionnaire confirming continued compliance with the program. The HEI recertification fee includes annual computer-based recurrent training, as required by the NFPA. On-site recurrent training is available at an additional charge.



Apply for Certification

To apply for certification or simply receive a free consultation to determine the value of certification to your organization, please contact us.