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Helidrome Architecture

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Helidrome Architecture


The helidrome, also known as helipad or helicopter platform, is a cleared space, an absence of obstacles rather than a construction by itself. The modern designs of helidromes lift the platform above the surrounding buildings, seeking a free approach path for the helicopter and a commanding view. Helidrome Architecture explores the history and design of helipads from a topic of engineering to a topic of architecture.

Aviation research has a strong presence in the field of psychology where aviation has pioneered current practices of selection on the basis of psychological tests. In later years, aviation took on the study of safety and much research is still being generated in this field. Next to research on helipad design, a line of research has been developed on aviation safety in particular for helicopters and other general aviation aircraft.

Publications on helicopters and helicopter platforms
2007 Helipontos hospitalares. Finestra, journal of architecture and engineering. Edição 48:80-82, Janeiro . São Paulo, Brazil.

2006 Hospital helipad architecture: ideals of safety and design. In Cor Wagenaar (ed.) Hospital Architecture, 141-157 . NAi Publishers: Rotterdam.

2005 The first age of helicopters. Autorotate: the journal of the professional helicopter pilot, V. 5(3):5-6 . New Orleans.

2004 Considering a stuck collective. Rotor & Wing, August T4,T6 . Los Angeles, California.

Publications relating to aviation safety
2010 Lack of denominator data in aviation accident analysis reports. Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine 81(1):77-78 .

2009 Sjir Uitdewilligen & Alex de Voogt. Aircraft accidents with student pilots flying solo: analysis of 390 cases. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 80(9):803-6 .

2009 Alex de Voogt & Robert van Doorn. Accidents associated with aerobatics maneuvers in U.S. Aviation. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 80(8):732-3 .

2008 Stress in ballooning: an exploratory cortisol study. International Journal of Applied Aviation Studies, 8(2)359-362 .

2008 Alex de Voogt & Sjir Uitdewilligen & Nick Eremenko. Safety in high-risk helicopter operations: the role of added crew. Journal of Safety Science, doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2008.09.009 .

2008 Brian J. Pagán & Alex de Voogt. Gyroplane accidents 1985-2005: epidemiological analysis and pilot factors in 223 events. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 79(10):983-985 .

2008 Sjir Uitdewilligen & Alex de Voogt. Cognitive skill correlates of the Automated Pilot Selection System. Human Factors and Aerospace Safety, 6(4):333-344 .

2007 Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. The paradox of helicopter emergency training. Journal of Aviation Psychology, 17(3):265-274 .

2007 Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. Approaches and landings at wrong airports: analysis of 54 incidents and 11 accidents, 1981-2004. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 78(2):117-120 .

2007 Robert R.A. van Doorn & Alex de Voogt. Glider accidents: an analysis of 143 cases, 2001-2005. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 78(1):26-28 .

2007 Marieke Kools & Alex de Voogt. Human error as a guide to checklist design: a preliminary study of the R22 helicopter start-up and shut-down checklist. Human Factors and Aerospace Safety, 6(2):175-187 .

2006 Hospital helipad architecture: ideals of safety and design. In Cor Wagenaar (ed.) Hospital Architecture, 141-157 . NAi Publishers: Rotterdam.

2006 Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. Midair collisions in U.S. civil aviation 2000-2004: the roles of radio communication and altitude. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 77(12):1252-1255 .

2006 Brian Pagán, Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. Ultralight aviation accident factors and latent failures: a 66-case study. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 77(9):950-952 .

2006 Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. Balloon crash damage and injuries: an analysis of 86 accidents, 2000-2004. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 77(5):556-558 .

2006 Alex de Voogt & Robert R.A. van Doorn. Balloon accidents: response. Aviation, Space & Environmental Medicine 77:989-990 .

2003 Helicopter en zijn synoniemen: een vluchtige verkenning. Tijdschrift voor de Nederlandse Taal en Letterkunde 119(4):332-337 . Leiden.

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