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FAA Issues New Ruling for Helicopter EMS

WASHINGTON - Federal Aviation Administration has issued a rule called: Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations.

The rule, published in the Federal Register on Feb. 21 by Michael P. Huerta, Administrator, states: "This final rule addresses helicopter air ambulance, commercial helicopter, and general aviation helicopter operations. To address an increase in fatal helicopter air ambulance accidents, the FAA is implementing new operational procedures and additional equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance operations. This final rule also increases safety for commercial helicopter operations by revising requirements for equipment, pilot testing, and alternate airports. It increases weather minimums for all general aviation helicopter operations. Many of these requirements address National Transportation Safety Board safety recommendations, and are already found in FAA guidance. Today's changes are intended to provide certificate holders and pilots with additional tools and procedures that will aid in preventing accidents."

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For more information, contact: Andy Pierce, Aviation Safety Inspector, Flight Standards Service, 135 Air Carrier Operations Branch, AFS-250, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, Telephone: 202/267-8238, Email: andy.pierce@faa.gov



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