Amsat’s Action Plan

 - January 31, 2007, 8:33 AM

The Air Medical Service Accident Analysis Team (Amsat) developed four categories of recommendations, each representing factors that could be addressed with varying degrees of feasibility and effectiveness. The recommendations that carried ratings of “high effectiveness” and “high feasibility” were:
• enhance training for night flying operations
• enhance training for mountain flying operations
• equip aircraft with terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS)
• equip aircraft with radar altimeters
• provide aircraft with mission-essential equipment and
• improve the content of weather briefings.
The top two recommendations are particularly timely considering the lower experience levels of professional pilots currently on the market.
Recommendations that earned low scores for effectiveness and feasibility were:
• increase dual-pilot time before solo PIC
• increase time requirements for “mission certification”
• create obstacle database
• enhance ice-detection equipment
• raise minimums for night instrument approaches
• require ATC monitoring of instrument approaches
• prohibit night VFR
• update FAR Part 135 requirements and
• require crashworthy fuel tanks for certification.
Recommendations that earned average scores for feasibility and effectiveness were:
• develop helicopter-specific, mission-specific computer-based emergency procedures simulators and
• improve training of ATC personnel in rotorcraft operations and capabilities.