FAA Proposes Comprehensive New Helicopter Safety Rules

The new rules would require stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications and training, and additional on-board safety equipment.


The estimated cost of the proposal in present value for the air ambulance industry is $136 million with a total benefit of $160 million over 10 years. The cost for other commercial operators is $89 million with a total benefit of $115 million over 10 years.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is on display at the Federal Register at www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published/ and will be published in the Federal Register on October 12. A fact sheet on the FAA’s past initiatives is available at www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets.

The 90-day public comment period closes on January 10, 2011.

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