Get ready for more rotorcraft regulation
from By Mark Huber
A stagnant fatal accident rate combined with pressure from the NTSB and Congress is forcing the FAA to take a hard look at its current regulations governing occupant safety and crashworthy fuel systems in rotorcraft. This ultimately could lead to regulation that includes mandated system retrofits. The problem stems from regulatory changes made in 1989 that mandated crashworthy seating and 1994 that required crashworthy fuel systems in all new-production helicopters.
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