Helicopter Landing Zones
The Wintergreen Property Owners Association has two landing zones for helicopter use. The mountain zone is a large paved pad located on Laurel Springs Drive. The Stoney Creek valley zone is a large open grass field located on Monocan Drive. Medical emergencies are the primary use of these landing zones. Additionally, utility work such as power line maintenance and gypsy moth spraying are coordinated from these sites. From time to time, government officials may commute to Wintergreen via helicopter and therefore use these landing zones.
Use of these zones by private helicopters is permitted, yet discouraged. The preferred landing zone for private helicopter operations is Monocan Drive. The Laurel Springs landing zone may be used if Monocan Drive is unavailable. Overnight tie-downs are not permitted on Monocan Drive or Laurel Springs for private helicopters.
Prior to granting permission for a private helicopter to land at Wintergreen, the Chief of Fire & Rescue, or his designee, must approve the landing using the following criteria:
- If the private helicopter landing request is related to Resort business, attempt to utilize the resort's landing zone rather than a WPOA zone.
- Verify that the pilot is a licensed commercial pilot with at least 1,500 hours of experience.
- Obtain the tail-number for the aircraft and verify that it is not licensed as experimental.
- Exchange emails with the pilot which include satellite photos of our zones, coordinates, hazards, visual cues, etc.
- Exchange cell phone contact information with the pilot and advise him/her to call with an estimated arrival time at liftoff.
- Visit the site days ahead of the scheduled landing as well as hours ahead of the landing to make sure it is free of hazards such as staged building supplies, equipment, etc.
- Notify the Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Shift Captain of the pending arrival.
- When possible, stage a fire engine at the landing zone for the arrival.