[Tagging] How might we best map emergency helicopter landing zones?

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 13:02:25 UTC 2016

I tag them as aeroway=helipad, and it looks like this:

There are a lot of them in the mountains of Korea.  Usually marked out with
a pattern of white stones embedded in the ground.

Would like to know if there's a better way, or if doing it this way is
wrong.  Or right.



On Nov 22, 2016 8:41 PM, "Blake Girardot" <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear friends,
> I have worked with folks doing ground surveys of helicopter landing
> zones during emergency response.
> These are ground truthed locations, observed by active search and
> rescue helicopter pilots collecting the basic minimum critical ground
> survey items for an HLZ for their aircraft type.
> They collect the data and provide it in the public domain and I would
> like to map it.
> I think the vast majority of the items collected are already well
> supported in OSM, trees, light poles, ground type, area, grade,
> landuse.
> What would be the best way to map this data? Does it need its own
> namespace? Just map  regular OSM tagging and render the data myself
> custom?
> I think issues of does the data belong in OSM are separate issues, I
> am just interested in how to map it and tag it well. I would be
> mapping nothing but ground truthed data that we already map every day,
> trees and light poles and ground type, landuse. It is publicly
> available data (CC0).
> Other data could and should be added specific to HLZ's so we will need
> to discuss any non traditional tags that I would like to see be used
> for the HLZs mapped.
> Cheers,
> Blake
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