Helideck Flame Detection
Civil Aviation Authority CAA demand higher levels of safety for helicopter operations on Normally Unattended Installations (NUIs).
Normally Unattended Installations present a wide range of safety issues; one being the use of rudimentary firefighting equipment. Edition 7 of CAP 437 sets out to address the issues faced with the hazardous operation of helicopters landing on NUIs.
The CAA amended CAP 437 to require that new build Normally Unattended Installations (NUIs) be built with deck integrated fire fighting systems and that existing NUIs should be retrofitted with an alternative automatically activated fire fighting system. A means of automatically activating the DIFFS or FMS should be through the use of flame detection, however, not using the correct type of detector could present result in catastrophic failures if not specified correctly. This application note investigates the different types of flame detection available and the strengths and limitations of installing them on a helideck.
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