FAA Offers New Helicopter Safety Rules

From JEMS:

The Federal Aviation Administration proposed stricter flight rules for helicopters Thursday, including many to increase safety for medical helicopters after a recent spike in fatal accidents.

Among the proposed regulations is a requirement that all air ambulance helicopters be equipped with an electronic system that warns of terrain or other obstacles.

John Allen, FAA director of flight standards, said operators had installed or were considering installing the Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) in about 40 percent of the air ambulance helicopters as of last year.

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