[Tagging] informal helipads for emergency use

Greg Troxel gdt at ir.bbn.com
Sat Mar 30 00:55:58 UTC 2013

[First, I understand what you mean, and what you're trying to do.  My
town certainly has places like this for medevac helicopters.]

I think this information clearly does belong in OSM.  It's a fact about
the real world, and it's easy to verify.

But, I don't think they are "helipads".
It might be good to call them


because while there is an access for emergency notion, what you proposed
would propertly apply to something that is constructed as a proper
helipad and in FAA databases, etc, but just allowed for emergency use
only.  (I know you know this:) A LZ is really just a place that's not
for aviation but which is prearranged to use if necessary.

Stephan's point that these should not show up as helipads on normal maps
is valid; they should show up as medevac landing zones on maps that want
to show landing zones.
Presumably the same maps would show water sources and hydrants.
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