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When an operator's fuel policy includes planning to an isolated heliport and navigating without visual landmarks, for which there is no alternate destination, the amount of fuel at departure:
  • A
    Should include additional fuel to fly 2 hours at best range speed, including final reserve fuel.
  • B
    Should include additional fuel to fly 2 hours at holding speed, in addition to the final reserve fuel.
  • C
    Should include additional fuel to fly 2 hours at holding speed, including final reserve fuel.
  • D
    Is the same as for non-isolated heliports where an alternate heliport is accessible.

According to "CAT.OP.MPA.150 - Fuel policy":

(a) The operator shall establish a fuel policy for the purpose of flight planning and in-flight replanning to ensure that every flight carries sufficient fuel for the planned operation and reserves to cover deviations from the planned operation. The fuel policy and any change to it require prior approval by the competent authority.

Additionally, the “AMC3 CAT.OP.MPA.150(b) - Fuel policy” related to Planning criteria for Helicopters, prescribes that:

  • The operator should base the company fuel policy, including the calculation of the amount of fuel to be carried for:

(b) Isolated aerodrome IFR procedure.

If the operator's fuel policy includes planning to an isolated aerodrome flying IFR, or when flying VFR and navigating by means other than by reference to visual landmarks, for which a destination alternate does not exist, the amount of fuel at departure should include:

(1) taxi fuel;

(2) trip fuel;

(3) contingency fuel calculated;

(4) additional fuel to fly for 2 hours at holding speed, including final reserve fuel; and

(5) extra fuel at the discretion of the commander.

Therefore, the amount of fuel at departure should include additional fuel to fly 2 hours at holding speed, including final reserve fuel.


NOTES:

  • The explanation has only the relevant part of the regulation for the question.
  • Abbreviations meanings are included in the following table:

ABBREVIATIONS

AMC

Acceptable Means of Compliance

CAT

Commercial Air Transport

MPA

Motor-Powered Aircraft

OP

Operating Procedures
IFR Instrument Flight Rules

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