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ARE THEY LISTENING? January 10, 2011 was the deadline for public comment for the


FAA’s recent Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM). I, for one, would not want to be the one tasked with summarizing the replies submitted for comment.


This NPRM was by far the most reaching ever proposed by the


FAA. For it not only included a large number of long overdue safe- ty initiatives, it also contained an interesting number of require- ments which were obviously intended to make the accident investiga- tion process much more efficient. Certainly a great deal of comment and debate were brought forth, either supporting or criticizing the FAA’s proposals. Groups and experts from every imaginable corner of our industry were among those to submit their recommendations. Of all the groups who submitted comments, there are none, which represent this industry in a more comprehensive manner than the Helicopter Association International.


HAI claims over 3000 members, with over 1600 member com-


panies spread out all over the globe. Bringing together industry spe- cific members from every conceivable segment of the helicopter business gives HAI a great deal of creditability. With all due respect to the other interested membership groups, HAI’s position on this matter is much more representative of what our industry needs to bring about a significant improvement to safety.


RON WHITNEY PRESIDENT


OAK MOUNTAIN MEDIA, LLC.


The one recurring comment that we have picked up on is not what was in the FAA’s proposal, but what was left out. Night Vision Devices. Why did the FAA leave this out? That is a very good ques- tion. Sources within the FAA have quietly stated that they too were puzzled by this omission. Could it be that the FAA is simply not pre- pared to require the use of NVD’s just yet? Or, does the subject simply need more study?


Judging by the comments we were asked to review, and the let- ters and email we have received, the collective voice of the helicopter industry strongly recommends that Night Vision Devices, or Goggles will enhance safe operations of helicopters at night. We agree. Ask a pilot; my bet is you’ll get the same response.


The purpose of the comment period is for the public to weigh


in on the FAA’s proposal. Hopefully, when all the comments are evaluated, the good folks who finalize the rule will have listened and carefully considered the will of the people.


BEST REGARDS,


PUBLISHER/EDITOR IN CHIEF Ron Whitney


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