About Helideck Certification

Safeguard Helideck Certification is an approved Aviation Inspection Body (AIB) licensed to issue Helicopter Landing Area Certificates (HLAC), Helicopter Landing Area Inspection Reports (HLAIR) and Helicopter Landing Area Technical Certificates (HLATC) on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

We are fully conversant with the following Internationally recognised Standards and Codes:

  • Annex 14 Volume 2 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) – Aerodromes
  • Red Ensign Group Yacht Code, Part A, Chapter 25, Annex H January 2019
  • Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 437 Standards for Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas
  • The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974

Meet The Team:

Steve Vickery

Steve is a Principal Engineer and Director of Safeguard Helideck Certification. He has 33 years’ experience in Maritime Aviation having spent 22 years in the Royal Navy and a further 13 in Safety Consultancy for the maritime sector of the MOD. He has extensive knowledge and experience of Marine Engineering and Ship/Air Integration. Steve is an MCA accredited Lead Surveyor for the inspection and certification of Superyacht Helidecks.

Steve has produced many Ship/Air integration platform and system/equipment safety cases for MOD ships and he is currently responsible for compiling evidence to gain Duty Holder approval to operate different types of military helicopters with those ships. Steve is an Ex-Marine Engineer Officer and mobile seagoing instructor and mentor, with a wealth of experience working in the marine environment onboard ships fitted with Helicopter Landing Areas and Hangars. In addition to his work with Superyachts Steve is currently an Independent Safety Advisor to the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier Project for HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales.

Chris is a Senior Helideck Certification Officer. Chris has 19 years of maritime aviation experience, 15 years in the Royal Navy as Aircrew and 4 years working within Industry.

He has worked on numerous multi-spot flight decks including HMS Ocean, RFA Argus, HNLMS Rotterdam and HMS Illustrious. From 2007 to 2010 Chris was a Flight Deck Aircraft Handling Instructor and would take new recruits through a rigorous six-month career course ensuring they were well prepared for life on a dangerous and busy Flight Deck.

In 2010 Chris retrained and earned his Aircrew Wings where he was part of a four-man crew flying the Merlin EH101 Mk1. This involved winching, confined area landings, low level navigation and Search and Rescue duties. Over his 15 years in the military he has worked with various types of helicopter from around the world.

As a Senior Helideck Certification Officer, Chris has worked with numerous Superyachts and their crew to ensure they are operating helicopters in the safest possible manner.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Chris is a Senior Helideck Certification Officer. Chris has 19 years of maritime aviation experience, 15 years in the Royal Navy as Aircrew and 4 years working within Industry.

He has worked on numerous multi-spot flight decks including HMS Ocean, RFA Argus, HNLMS Rotterdam and HMS Illustrious. From 2007 to 2010 Chris was a Flight Deck Aircraft Handling Instructor and would take new recruits through a rigorous six-month career course ensuring they were well prepared for life on a dangerous and busy Flight Deck.

In 2010 Chris retrained and earned his Aircrew Wings where he was part of a four-man crew flying the Merlin EH101 Mk1. This involved winching, confined area landings, low level navigation and Search and Rescue duties. Over his 15 years in the military he has worked with various types of helicopter from around the world.

As a Senior Helideck Certification Officer, Chris has worked with numerous Superyachts and their crew to ensure they are operating helicopters in the safest possible manner.

Matt Weetch

Matt is a Senior Helideck Certification Officer. Matt has 29 years of maritime aviation experience, 25 years in the Royal Navy and 4 years working within Industry. He was previously employed within the Military Aviation Authority, working on behalf of the Defence Naval Authority Group (Aviation).

As a Maritime Aviation Professional Officer, he was responsible for delivering assurance to the Permanent Under Secretary for Defence that maritime platforms (Warships and Support Vessels) were safe to conduct complex aviation activities throughout their maintenance lifecycles. These transferable skills are utilised within the Superyacht industry to provide advice and guidance on the regulatory requirements for Helicopter Landing Area Certification as an approved Aviation Inspection Body on behalf of the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Red Ensign Group.

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