Last month, after years of prodding from the NTSB and extensive consultation with the industry, the FAA issued its much anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that tightens the equipment, training and operational requirements for helicopter EMS providers in the name of safety. However, the 133-page NPRM doesn’t stop with the helicopter EMS community.
Notice of proposed rulemaking
The FAA last month proposed new pilot duty-time limitations and rest requirements for Part 121 carriers that stand to alter scheduling practices and hiring needs profoundly across the U.S. airline industry.
Comments submitted to the docket in response to the FAA’s proposal for new icing certification regulations range from self-serving promotion of new inventions to carefully considered suggestions about how to improve icing safety after decades of study and hundreds of fatalities.
Doug Larson, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, is conducting a survey of maintenance technicians “to look at the experience and education of aviation maintenance instructors and see what it tells us about the job of educating maintenance technicians.” He is asking all aircraft maintenance instructors to take a 15-minute anonymous online survey
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is “deeply concerned” that language the FAA uses in the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for Part 121 airline hour-of-service (fatigue) regulations mischaracterizes Part 135 operations.
Public comments about the FAA’s proposed mandatory helicopter routing over New York’s Long Island are overwhelmingly negative, according to the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC). Before the comment period closed on June 25, the FAA received 690 comments, 86 percent of which opposed the proposed rule.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that could provide a somewhat simpler means for non-U.S. charter operators to make trips to the U.S.
The FAA’s final rule on ADS-B equipage, published last week, appears to offer little change from the agency’s October 2007 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was met by almost total industry opposition. The primary concern continues to be the questionable benefits to operators of ADS-B Out equipment compared with its purchase, installation and certification costs.
Yesterday the FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would mandate that all helicopters transiting the Long Island area of New York VFR use the North Shore Route. A voluntary overwater route was created in 2008 to address area resident noise complaints. The new rule would require civil helicopters flying along Long Island’s northern shoreline to follow this overwater route between waypoint VPLYD and Orient Point.