In response to industry feedback, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year. Earlier this year, the FAA issued a rule that requires helicopter operators to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training and additional on-board safety equipment.
The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to governmental and industry concern over continued risk in helicopter operations. The deadline for equipage requirements will remain unchanged from the final rule and become effective within three years, or by April 24, 2017, with the exception of requirements for Operations Control Centers by 2016, and Flight Data Monitoring System by 2018. Most of the operational requirements were to become effective within 60 days of publication, or by April 22, 2014 but are now extended to April 22, 2015.
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