GAMA Takes Part 23 Safety Message To HAI Convention
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is spreading the safety recommendations contained in a government/industry rewrite of Part 23 certification rules here at Heli-Expo’13. “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,” GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce said during the association’s release of 2012 year-end shipments last month.
GAMA has been working with the FAA and regulators from more than eight countries on the Part 23 rewrite issue. In February, Bunce said, “At the [Heli-Expo] convention we are going to jump into being able to work the same lessons learned that we found in Part 23 into Part 27 [small helicopter certification rules] because there, too, we can get safety-enhancing technologies into the hands of the operators and we can save lives.” GAMA expanded its delivery data to include helicopter manufacturers last year.