Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Public domain photo.
The Malaysia Dept. of Civil Aviation (DCA) has issued Flight Operations Directives (FOD), multiple local news outlets reported. This follows the final Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) Malaysia investigation report for the 2016 fatal crash of a Eurocopter AS350, reports said.
New reports said that the directives require that:
- No helicopter operators may permit a foreign pilot to fly its helicopter in Malaysia for commercial air transport, unless the pilot has a minimum of 1,000 flight hours, reports said. The flight hours could reportedly be on any type of helicopter.
- Foreign pilots have to complete crew resource management (CRM), not excluding for single-pilot VFR operations.
- Foreign pilots undergoing short-term employment would be required to have flown a minimum of 25 hours in the same type of helicopter being used during the short-term employment in the last six months.
- Pilots must conduct a minimum of three takeoffs, approaches and landings in the same type of helicopter intended for use during the employment in the last 90 days
- Pilots must complete an induction course facilitated by the operator; the course must be a minimum of three days.
The AS350 reportedly crashed shortly after takeoff at Sungaai Batang Lupar. Six were killed, including Datuk Noriah Kasnon, Malaysian Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. The pilot, who was reportedly from the Philippines, also died.