Special visual flight rules

February 24, 2014 - 7:45pm

The FAA has released its long-awaited omnibus helicopter rule governing emergency medical services (EMS), Part 135 and Part 91 procedures, operations, training and testing and required equipment. The agency estimates that the new rule is expected to cost operators $311 million to implement over the next decade. It closely mirrors the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) released in 2010.

February 24, 2014 - 2:25pm

On February 20, the FAA issued a far-reaching final rule that will require helicopter operators, including air ambulance services, to abide by stricter flight rules and procedures that better prepare both pilots and helicopters for safer operations. Within 60 days, all operators will be required to use enhanced procedures for flying in challenging weather, at night, and when landing in remote locations.

May 1, 2009 - 12:00pm

Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA) C-212-CC, Kotzebue, Alaska, Feb. 14, 2009– The Arctic Transportation Services cargo aircraft crashed half a mile from Kotzebue Airport and was substantially damaged. The ATP-rated pilot and copilot were not injured.

November 18, 2008 - 11:03am

Late last week the FAA published long-awaited proposed revisions in the operations specification governing helicopter EMS (HEMS) flights under Part 135 with regard to flight planning, weather minimums and the use of night-vision goggles (NVG).

May 28, 2008 - 9:25am

In a preview of what the FAA has in store for pilots with the introduction of Free Flight, a new “wireless to the cockpit” aircraft situation display is in development by Flight Explorer, a company that provides flight-tracking services to corporate and airline customers.

January 28, 2008 - 8:35am

CESSNA 208, KOTZEBUE, ALASKA, MARCH 2, 2003–Cessna N205BA sustained substantial damage at about 3:04 p.m. local time when it collided with ice-covered terrain during a VFR approach. The accident occurred a quarter mile from the approach end of Runway 08 at the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (OTZ).

January 28, 2008 - 8:35am

CESSNA 208, KOTZEBUE, ALASKA, MARCH 2, 2003–Cessna N205BA sustained substantial damage at about 3:04 p.m. local time when it collided with ice-covered terrain during a VFR approach. The accident occurred a quarter mile from the approach end of Runway 08 at the Ralph Wien Memorial Airport (OTZ).

January 31, 2007 - 10:47am

Mitsubishi MU-2B-35, Carolina, Puerto Rico, April 15, 2002–In IFR conditions with no IFR flight plan filed, the pilot of Mitsubishi N45BS experienced a loss of control while orbiting and crashed into an automobile service facility. Destination was Luis Munoz Marin Airport, San Juan. ATC had asked the flight to hold VFR over the “plaza.”

November 16, 2006 - 4:41am

The Government Accountability Office’s October 30 report “Observations on Potential FAA Funding Options” repeats some information the GAO released September 27 in airspace system modernization testimony. But an odd graphic in the new report might add confusion to the user-fee debate.

 
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