The helicopter landing zone kit was developed in 1985 by Leland Stanford, a structural firefighter. In 1985, he was involved in several emergency helicopter landings where the assisting ground personnel got in the way. While no one was seriously injured, it made him realize the dangers in landing a helicopter.
While in the life jacket business, Stanford realized the need for additional safety items such as battery-operated strobe lights. The one featured in the current emergency landing kit uses a wind-proof wire, metal base that turns onto the bayonet fittings on the bottom of each battery-powered strobe. These wind-proof bases allow the strobe to stand upright so the pilot can see a "box" of five flashing strobes. The fifth one uses a different colored lens indicating an upwind direction, as helicopters need to land into the wind.
Although the landing zone lights serve more as a visual aid to the pilot, it's critical for the ground personnel to stay out of the landing zone box (usually 100' X 100' in size). The terrain should be level and free of loose debris such as gravel, branches, etc.
The kit is encased in a durable, reusable carrying case that fits easily in emergency vehicles. It can also be used to mark hazardous locations such as auto accidents, hazardous material, spills, and other instances where emergency lighting needs to be readily accessible.
Landing Pad Lights Kit Includes:
- 5Each, High Intensity Strobe Lights, ESL I¹s
- 5 Each, Quick Connect Bases
- 4 Each, Clear Lenses
- 1 Each, Red Lens
- 1 Set, Pavement Clips
- 5 Each, Industrial "D" Batteries
- 1 Heavy Duty Carry Case