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New HEMS operations regulation
July 20, 2014, 6:28 pm
In the last few months, different news have reported the operational changes that HEMS operators will be facing in the upcoming years. Our first HelicopterUpgrades.com special report will deal with these new regulations being issued or reviewed by Aviation Agencies, so a complete upgrades portfolio is available to operators to define retrofit needs.
NEW REGULATION OVERVIEW
In the FAA world, the US agency has already issued a formal proposal of new safety and operational HEMS requirements to become fully applicable after 2020. The details and explanation on the requested changes are included in the report issued by FAA, available following this link.
In terms of configuration, FAA HEMS helicopters will need to count with the following safety equipment:
Mandate NVG implementation is under evaluation by FAA, since the Agency considers it could not fit all operator needs. FAA prefers to further investigate on the appropriate use of NVG technology, which has positively safety feedback during certain night operations, before submitting a final position on this argument.
What about EASA's plans? EASA is slightly behind FAA in the overall rulemaking process for HEMS operations. The European agency has already identified a group composition to lead the rulemaking progress that will submit a final recommendation on HEMS helicopter operations. First opinion issue, however, is expected on Q3 2015.
The group details and scope of discussion can be find on the following EASA link.
The EASA discussion has been partially triggered and influenced by the issue of a Safety Directive by UK's aviation authority (CAA) mandating the use of NVG equipment, IFR rated pilots, comprehensive pre-flight weather conditions and risk assessment to increase HEMS safety operations. See the following link.
Considering FAA and CAA positions, EASA is very likely to approve a similar HEMS operations framework to FAA plus the option of imposing NVG equipment for night Medical flights.
The Helicopter Industry is aware of the new framework being discussed by the Agencies and helicopter OEMs are introducing HTAWS, Flight Data monitoring and NVG equipments as part of new delivery commercial packages developed for the HEMS industry.
WHAT COMES NEXT?
Based on the rulemaking trend presented above, we have prepared this HU special report to help and guide HEMS operators on the different options they can consider for the retrofit of the in-service fleet and be compliant with new OPS framework.
From our extensive UPGRADES database, we have pulled out those who might be of HEMS operators interest. Please follow the links in the “Related upgrades” section to access our upgrades selection for new the HEMS regulation framework.