GAMA Will Take Part 23 Safety Message To Heli-Expo Show

 - February 18, 2013, 1:35 PM

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is planning to spread the safety recommendations contained in a government/industry rewrite of Part 23 certification rules to next month’s Helicopter Association International (HAI) convention in Las Vegas. “One of the primary focuses that we have had over the past year is to try to look at how we are regulated, and how those regulations just strangle our abilities to get safety-enhancing technologies into the cockpit,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce last week. GAMA has been working with the FAA and regulators from more than eight countries on the Part 23 rewrite issue. “At the HAI convention [Heli-Expo]…we are going to jump into being able to work the same lessons learned that we found in Part 23 into Part 27 [small helicopters] because there, too, we can get safety-enhancing technologies into the hands of the operators and we can save lives,” he explained. Last year, GAMA expanded its aircraft delivery data to include helicopter manufacturers.