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Headland’s innovative retractable helipads for yachts


September 28, 2007

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September 29, 2007 Increasingly, yacht buyers are demanding the ability to land a helicopter on deck – but not all yachts have sufficient clear deck space free for a designated helipad. France’s Headland Consulting are solving this issue Transformers-style with a range of very clever retractable landing pads that deploy mechanically to suit a wide range of different yacht and helicopter sizes.

Gizmag ran into Headland Consulting at Cannes where the company was showcasing its made-to-measure retractable helipad modules that can be built into the design of a new yacht. With several different deployment options, the company claims it’s possible to integrate a helipad with the design of most modern yachts, making it unobtrusive or even useful in its retracted state, and deploying mechanically in a matter of minutes when it’s time to land a helicopter.

Traditionally, choppers have been able to land on specially cleared deck areas where railings, furniture and the like have been removed – but not all yachts have a dedicated space large enough for the size helicopter they need to accommodate.

The company has several different designs for deployment. One is an umbrella-style platform that is stored in a vertical tube just below deck. Upon deployment, a hatch opens at the top, the folded pad extends vertically and fans out to form a circular horizontal platform of the required diameter.

Another design stores a square-edged platform in a rectangular crate, opening it upwards and outwards to extend the width of the deck at the landing point.

The specialist company doesn’t currently have a website up and running, but can be emailed on xtl@headland-consulting.com by interested parties.

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Loz Blain Loz has been one of Gizmag's most versatile contributors since 2007. Joining the team as a motorcycle specialist, he has since covered everything from medical and military technology to aeronautics, music gear and historical artefacts. Since 2010 he's branched out into photography, video and audio production, and he remains the only Gizmag contributor willing to put his name to a sex toy review. A singer by night, he's often on the road with his a cappella band Suade. All articles by Loz Blain
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