Mandate compliance dates in the U.S. and Europe are fast approaching, so operators should look to formulate their roadmaps to compliance in order to prevent losing access to airspace.
Helicopter Air Ambulance
The FAA is implementing new operational procedures and additional equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance operations. This final rule also increases safety for commercial helicopter operations by revising requirements for equipment, pilot testing, and alternate airports. It increases weather minimums for all general aviation helicopter operations. The changes are intended to provide certificate holders and pilots with additional tools and procedures that will aid in preventing accidents.
Compliance effective date: April 23, 2018 for operators in North America.
Prepare Now for Air Ambulance Mandates
Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast
Uses satellite-based GPS technology to determine an aircraft’s location, airspeed and other data:
- ADS-B is a key component of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) – the transition from ground- based-radar air traffic control to an automated transmission of precise aircraft position based on Global Positioning System data
- ADS-B Out is a new way for air traffic control to separate air traffic that doesn’t rely on radar – allows for tighter aircraft spacing and higher traffic capacity in congested airspace
- Aircraft flying in ADS-B Out airspace use GPS to determine its position and automatically transmit it – these position reports are significantly more accurate and update more quickly than radar