helipad or heliport?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by cuchulainn, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. cuchulainn New Member

    I don't know if I'm posting in the correct place but I have a little question. Is there a difference between helipad and heliport? What's more usual in the USA?

  2. Hydrogen Member

    British English.
    I don't know about the USA, but here in England, I would never ever say Heliport, in fact I don't think I've ever heard that. I would always say Helipad
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    A helipad can be anywhere. They are simply landing pads for helicopters. They are found on the roofs of skyscrapers, in front of hospitals, and in other places where helicopters may commonly land.

    A heliport should be more like an airport. It should have fueling services, possibly a terminal building, ticketing services, air traffic control, night landing lights, and other amenities. Heliports are usually included in airport facilities, unless the location prevents planes from landing. I think it's rare to find a heliport that is not simply part of a larger airport facility.

    I'd imagine there are many, many more helipads than heliports in the U.S.
  4. cuchulainn New Member

    Thank you both! It's nice to have aswers from US and England!
  5. sdgraham

    sdgraham Senior Member

    Oregon, USA
    USA English
    See: Battersea Heliport (also called London Heliport) on Wikipedia
  6. Cader Idris

    Cader Idris Senior Member

    Wales English
    Also heliports at Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast, Sheffield, Penzance, Aberdeen, Ascot Racecourse! (and no doubt many others).

    We obviously have more high-rollers now in the UK than one might think. :D

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