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Helicopter Doors off flights in US stopped

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:31 pm
by wingnut
Hi Everyone,

I see the FAA have acted on last weeks tragic helicopter accident in New York, no more doors off flights until further notice.
I assume this will affect LAX overflights in the future?

Regards

Wingnut

Re: Helicopter Doors off flights in US stopped

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:30 am
by cpd
Can't see how else it is going to work with doors in place.

What about high-winged light aircraft (Cessna, etc), are there any similar rules for them?

Re: Helicopter Doors off flights in US stopped

Posted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:12 am
by Kaphias
I don't believe what you've said is completely true. This from the FAA (emphasis mine):

Helicopter operators, pilots & consumers should be aware of the hazard from supplemental restraint devices during an emergency evacuation during “doors off” flights. The FAA will order operators & pilots to take immediate action to control/mitigate this risk.
Until then, the FAA will order no more “doors off” operations that involve restraints that cannot be released quickly in an emergency.
Additionally, the FAA will conduct a top to bottom review of its rules governing these flights to examine any potential misapplication that could create safety gaps for passengers.


Doors-off flights with quick-release harnesses should be good to go.