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Thursday, April 23, 2009

FAA to Propose HEMS Rules

At an April 22 Congressional hearing about the alarming rate of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) accidents, John Allen, the FAA’s director of flight standards, testified that later this year his office will begin the process of imposing rules to improve safety in that industry. One expected focus will be on the possible mandatory use of terrain avoidance warning systems. The rulemaking process, however, requires a period of time where the public may weigh in on the subject. Some HEMS operators are expect to resist any TAWS legislation because the price tag of approximately $100,000 per aircraft would cause an undue hardship to their bottom line. Read John Allen’s testimony

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