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FAA puts brakes on new air ambulance safety rules

Emergency medical helicopters will have until next April to institute tougher risk analysis and in-flight monitoring procedures in challenging weather

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON — U.S. regulators have given helicopter operators an extra year to comply with certain enhanced safety rules, including additional training for poor visibility conditions and more-advanced monitoring of emergency medical flights from the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration's Thursday announcement — extending the deadline to April 2015 from later this month — comes two months after the agency issued sweeping new rules mandating tougher training standards and beefed-up equipment for the commercial helicopter industry

The move doesn't affect deadlines for installing ground-collision avoidance systems and other technology. But the FAA said it is extending some pilot-training and operational requirements "in response to industry feedback," and to provide it more time to issue "detailed guidance materials."

Full story: FAA Delays Tighter Training, Safety Rules for Commercial Helicopters

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Skip Kirkwood Skip Kirkwood Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:10:52 AM Why? In the face of all the evidence that these changes are LONG overdue, why push back the dates? Just more evidence that the FAA is more about protecting the industry, and less about protecting the health and safety of the public. For shame!
Matthew Kropchuk Matthew Kropchuk Sunday, April 20, 2014 10:20:10 AM Easy for regulators to say when they don't have implement it, don't have to pay for it, and don't have to live with it.
Bruce A Mills Bruce A Mills Monday, April 21, 2014 9:43:02 AM There has hardly ever been any change that was implemented in ANYTHING that got off on its originally set date. Lets be thankful they have a plan and it is being worked . Change takes time . Stay Calm

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