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Which sea areas can be considered as hostile?
  • A
    Open sea areas South of 45°N.
  • B
    Where Search and Rescue response is too quick.
  • C
    Open sea areas South of 45°S.
  • D
    Where there are few shipping lanes.

The definition of a hostile/non-hostile environment needs to be comprehended, since it can impact operations and certain fuel requirements.

According to Regulation (EU) No 965/2012:

  • "Hostile environment" means an environment in which:

(a) a safe forced landing cannot be accomplished because the surface is inadequate;
(b) the helicopter occupants cannot be adequately protected from the elements;
(c) search and rescue response/capability is not provided consistent with anticipated exposure; or
(d) there is an unacceptable risk of endangering persons or property on the ground.

In any case, the following areas shall be considered hostile:

(a) for overwater operations, the open sea areas North of 45ºN and South of 45ºS designated by the authority of the State concerned; and
(b) those parts of a congested area without adequate safe forced landing areas.

  • "Non-hostile environment" means an environment in which:

(a) a safe forced landing can be accomplished;
(b) the helicopter occupants can be protected from the elements; and
(c) search and rescue response/capability is provided consistent with the anticipated exposure.

In any case, those parts of a congested area with adequate safe forced landing areas shall be considered non-hostile.

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