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Conceptual Design of Heliports

Working as your professional and global partner, DeWiTec implements projects in heliport construction and heliport equipment worldwide.
From the initial plans to the first touchdown, DeWiTec takes care of all the coordination activities.
The synergy effects of our operating experience, expert knowledge and state-of-the art products guarantee that your heliport operations are reliable and sustainable. DeWiTec supports you with

  • handling the air law approval process
  • flight operation planning
  • legal support regarding construction issues
  • assessment of the local situation (air law suitability report) according to the regulations and always advises you competently and independently to ensure you implement the most economical concept. 


Rooftop Heliports
Rooftop heliports are space-saving constructions on top of buildings such as hotels, hospitals and skyscrapers. Enhanced convenience and functionality are combined with increased safety during the approach and departure phases.
Surface-Level Heliports
Surface-level heliports are often combined with helicopter bases containing gas stations, maintenance service and hangars.
Helipads on Offshore Platforms
Lighting systems at helipads on offshore platforms are subject to special require- ments such as resistance to harsh environmental influences.
Helidecks on Yachts / Cruise liners
Yachts and cruise liners with integrated helipads allow maximum flexibility for passengers and crew alike. To ensure safe flight operations, the pilots need lighting systems to assist them during approach.



Layout Lighting System

The DeWiTec heliport lighting solution is completely solar powered, reducing installation time and costs, removing reliance on grid-power, and allowing the system to be portable and quickly deployed.


  • The use of solar energy to power the lights leads to substantial savings in running costs
  • Wireless Controlled - accepted for use globally, the DeWiTec 2.4GHz wireless network allows users to directly control the operation of lights from a hand-held controller. Control light intensities, switch between visual or Infra-Red, or turn the entire system ON or OFF
  • Industry Compliant - the DeWiTec helipad perimeter lights are the only solar-powered helipad lights to comply with the photometric performance and height requirements of ICAO Annex 14 international standards
  • Clear marking of helipad site ensures the safety of pilots and aircraft
  • Helipad is clearly visible in low light and night conditions


Heliport Lighting System


Final Approach and Take-off (FATO)
FATO area lights may be fixed omnidirectional white lights placed along the edges of the final approach and take-off area.The lights may be uniformly spaced as follows:
Square or rectangle: Placed at intervals of not more than 50m with a minimum of four lights on each side including a light in each corner.
Other shapes including a circle: Placed at intervals of not more than 5m with a minimum of ten lights.


Touchdown and Lift-off area lighting system (TLOF)

Fixed omnidirectional green lights. TLOF perimeter lights may be placed along the edge
of the designated touchdown and lift-off area or within a distance of 1.5m from the edge. These may be uniformly spaced at intervals of not more than 5m for ground level heliports (not more than 3m for elevated heliports and helidecks) with a minimum of four lights on each side including a light in each corner. For a circular TLOF there may be a minimum of 14 lights.

Heliport Lighting System



If required, floodlights should be located on ground level and installed around the TLOF.



Aiming Point Lights
May form a pattern of at least six omnidirectional white lights.



Wind Direction Indicator
A heliport needs to be equipped with at least one wind direction indicator positioned in such a way as to be free from the affects of airflow disturbances. The indicator may give clear indication of the direction of the wind and a general indication of wind speed. If the heliport is intended for use at night the wind direction indicator needs to be illuminated.



Approach Lighting System

Heliport Approach Lighting System


An approach lighting system may be provided at a heliport where it is desirable and practicable to indicate a preferred approach direction.

An approach lighting system may be located in a straight line along the preferred direction of approach and consists of a row of three lights spaced uniformly at 30m intervals and a crossbar 18m in length located at a distance of 90m from the perimeter of the Final Approach and Take-off (FATO).The lights forming the crossbar should be at right angles to, and bisected by the line of the approach lights and spaced at 4.5m intervals. These lights should be steady-on, omnidirectional, white lights.


Where there is need to make the final approach course more conspicuous additional lights spaced uniformly at 30m intervals may be added beyond the crossbar.These lights may be steady-on or sequenced flashing, white omnidirectional lights, depending upon the environment.

Where an approach lighting system is provided for a non-precision final approach and take-off area, the system should not be less than 210m in length.


The information contained in this publication is a guide only. Please contact your local authority for rules and regulations particular to your region.