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Enough Is Enough! Night EMS Helicoptors Should Be IFR-Certified And Flown By Two NVG-Equipped Pilots

There have been three fatal night air ambulance/emergency medical services (EMS) crashes since December 2015.[1]  From July 2014 – July 2015 there were six fatal EMS flights (not all at night).  In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration published stricter regulations for helicopter air ambulance operators, and per its own background and statement of the problem: […]

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A Smartphone & A Boy’s Death in a Hawaii Helicopter Crash

(Image by Shawn Winrich via the AP) On February 18, 2016 a Bell-206 crashed into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The crash injured the four passengers and the pilot. The boy passenger tragically died after being transported to a hospital. According to the NTSB preliminary report, “The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge, […]

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HOW MANY DRONES UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREES?

  If your guess is over a million you hit the jackpot.  That’s right, industry estimates are that in excess of 1 million drones will find themselves under Christmas trees with batteries and ready to fly.  So, how many of those drones will have been registered under the FAA’s mandate?  A very small fraction at […]

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