LA Helicopter Chart & Routes and Transitions
For the fixed wing pilot, the LA Helicopter Chart & Routes most often flown are just about totally hidden in plain site. Though SCAUWG has proposed for some time that a hybrid chart be published combining the two worlds on the same page, at this time separate charts are issued for each platform. Each, with little reference to the other, possibly resulting in an out of sight, out of mind sensitivity, and consequently a false sense of security.
Though fixed wing traffic often fly the en route portions of their flights at higher altitudes than many helicopters choose, both the arrival and departure portions of fixed wing flight are understandably at low altitudes. Learning about the recommended helicopter arrival and departure routes will contribute to better situational awareness and safer flights.
Long Beach Airport has taken a particularly pro-safety position, and has published inflight videos describing four sets of helicopter arrival/departure routes.
You can view the recommended KLGB helicopter arrival/departure routes HERE.
For the most current L A Area Chart view this .pdf file:
Chart Side Panel Description of Routes & Transitions:
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