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Helicopter Rescue

  • Chopper can only descend vertically 15m.
  • Select landing spot with clear exit into wind, clear 25m diam landing spot, no more than 10% slope.
  • Mark landing area.
  • Streamers or smoke to mark wind direction.
  • Eye protection needed from flying debris.
  • Approach from front & lower side on slope only when signalled.
  • V require assistance
  • X require medical assistance
The following signals are for strip signals, recommended to be built from rocks or tree branches or dug in the ground and are designed to be seen from the air.
Make your signal big ( 20 feet long or 6 meters) so that it can be seen from a distance, and select a highly visible location. the universal signals follow:

NOTE: I didn't feel like drawing these in a graphics program, so the ones that didn't correspond to a key on the keyboard I simply described it. If you don't know what a square or a triangle looks like, well, you got bigger problems than being lost in the woods.

| - require doctor Serious injury
|| - require medical supplies
F - require food and water
K - Indicate direction to proceed
X - Unable to proceed
LL - All is well
N - No, Negative
Y - Yes, Affirmative

directional arrow - Am proceeding this direction
a square - require map and compass
triangle - probably safe to land here
JL - This is actually not a J, but a backwards L, forwards L. Means "Do Not

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