The Federal Aviation Administration has created some new operational procedural rules intended to address certain safety issues specific to the rotor air ambulance industry.
The new FAA rules require helicopter operators, including helicopter air ambulance operators, to utilize tighter flight rules better communication, better training, and new on-board safety equipment.
The rules also address flying procedures in bad weather conditions. Rick Sherlock, CEO of AAMS (Association of Air Medical Services), said that many air medical helicopter operators have already invested in safety upgrades and will continue to do so.
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