A test flight has been carried out to evaluate the function of a new helipad on a building in downtown Ho Chi Minh City.
The Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company conducted the pilot flight at the Saigon Times Square building, located at 22-30 Nguyen Hue Street in District 1, on Friday morning.
The chopper EC155B1 was used in the test flight, which was aimed at evaluating all specifications of the facility before official use.
The activity had been permitted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
The construction of the helipad on the rooftop of the Saigon Times Square was previously approved the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army.
Flight routes for helicopters were also allowed to be linked to the venue to facilitate search and rescue missions, and efforts to prevent and deal with disasters in the southern metropolis.
Helipads have been set up at other high-rise buildings, including the Bitexco Financial Tower, Diamond Plaza in District 1, and Tan Son Nhat Saigon Hotel in Phu Nhuan District.
In early January, the municipal People’s Committee asked competent authorities to review a plan on constructing helipads on 20-story buildings, in a bid to improve the quality of firefighting and prevention in the city.