NTSB Wants More Helo Ops Oversight

 - November 24, 2009, 3:51 AM

The NTSB issued another set of recommendations regarding helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) operations, this time highlighting concerns with FAA oversight of public aircraft operators. These recommendations stem from a fatal accident on September 27 last year involving a Maryland State Police Eurocopter AS 365N1 operated as a public medical evacuation (see page 56). The NTSB recommended that the FAA seek legislative authority to regulate helicopter EMS operations using government-owned aircraft and that public operators implement flight-risk evaluation programs and formalize dispatch and flight-following procedures.