John Dotlich

Lily Helipad, LLC


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Lily Helipads, LLC: Custom tailored helipads

Lily Helipads, LLC. is an installer of custom tailored helipads. We combine the latest in helipad construction technologies with aeronautical consultant-guided design to create helipads that are safe, environmentally friendly and meet the guidelines of the FAA, State, and local agencies.

Safe for the environment and crew

Our helipads are permeable and able to capture and contain deicing fluid or any potential fuel spills. Fluids are contained in an oil water separator or added oil collector which can both be equipped with leak detectors. This ensures no contamination to surrounding soils or water sources. Lily’s heated helipads offer safety to flight crew, patient, and the helicopter by eliminating ice and snow on the pad and pathways.

Environmentally Responsible By Design

Our proprietary design is environmentally responsible by using renewable resources and state of the art LED lighting. The lighting is low voltage, long lasting, and pilot controlled; being used only when needed.

Centrally controlled while in air

By using a central controller, multiple functions such as heating, lighting, security, cameras, and many other features would be operated using smart devices via web based portals on the ground or in the air.

Guided by Aeronautical Expertise

Our company works with an aeronautical consultant that aids our clients with design and permitting to the FAA, State, and local agencies. Our consultants can provide initial and annual safety training along with best practice training to employees and to first responders.

Expertise to install at any scale

Lily Helipads LLC. has employees with over twenty-five years expertise in site development and utilities. This gives us the capability to handle site conditions, grading, erosion control, and drainage of your helipad site on any scale. Package quotes are available for helipads, parking lots and building expansions.

What makes a Lily Helipad?

Lily Helipad Cross Section
  1. Pavers
  2. Heating
  3. Liner
  4. Stone
  5. Separating Tanks
  6. 12" CONCRETE GRADE BEAM (assumed frost line of 48")

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Roots in aviation and construction

Small helicopter on helipad

The origin of Lily Helipads begins with our founder, John Dotlich’s, enlistment into the Indiana National Guard in the late 1980’s. While in the Guard John was a heavy equipment operator (62E) for the 1313th Engineer Company. During the time he was serving in the National Guard John capitalized on the opportunity to start an excavating company. With the help of John’s grandfather Sam Dotlich, Dotlich Contractors was launched in 1991.

Sam had been a long time business owner and a pilot of both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. Sam even had a grass helipad listed on the sectional in Speedway, Indiana that was used heavily during the Indy 500 by celebrities and corporate business owners. During one race day in May Sam had been observing the helicopters approaching and departing, then ferrying left and right. He said to John, “They look like dragon flies on lily pads.” This quote planted the seed for our identity.

Twenty five years later the excavating business has successfully completed thousands of projects. These projects have spanned both the private and public sector, including parking lots, hospitals and yes helipads. Other experience includes moving millions of cubic yards of dirt, installing large, deep drainage systems and detailed fire suppression systems. Dotlich Contractors has always on the cutting edge of erosion control practices to protect our water supply and environment.

2015 Presented John with the opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. After obtaining his license, John decided to construct a helipad at his residence in Brownsburg, Indiana. While searching for a high quality windsock he discovered the Pollite Company. Their windsocks were designed with frangible fiberglass mast and an internally lit windsock. After receiving his windsock John communicated with the folks at Pollite and was asked if he was interested in helping a community in Oklahoma with their install of a helipad for EMS use. Wheels were put into motion, and John created Lily Helipads, LLC in 2015 to fill a need for safe, environmentally friendly helipads across the United States.