Como a FAA está aumentando a segurança da operação com helicópteros nos EUA

Como a FAA está aumentando a segurança da operação com helicópteros nos EUA

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A FAA anunciou hoje a divulgação dos números relacionados a acidentes na aviação de asa rotativa para 2016. Há o que comemorar, conforme se pode ver:

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A questão é COMO se chegou a isto. Não foi por acaso, como se deve imaginar… A nota da FAA dá o caminho das pedras na sua nota, que reproduzo abaixo no original:

Creating a culture of safety – The FAA has encouraged helicopter companies and individual pilots to promote safety in the workplace. Efforts include establishing a system where anyone can report an unsafe condition without fear of reprisal, making every employee a champion of safety, and establishing safety training programs for mechanics, pilots and other employees.

Cutting the red tape – The FAA issued the Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment policy in 2013 after consultations with industry. The policy  allows operators and manufacturers to install safety equipment through a streamlined and less expensive approval process. The policy seeks to strike a balance between risk and safety through a “common-sense” approach.

New technology – Both the FAA and industry are using technological advances to promote safer helicopter flights. For example, the FAA mandated that the Auto­matic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast system (ADS-B) be installed in U.S. helicopters by Jan. 1, 2020 if they intend to operate in busy airspace. ADS-B’s satellite-based technology can provide three-dimensional information (latitude, longitude, altitude) about a helicopter’s position, along with information about its direction and size, without the geographic drawbacks posed by radar.

Collaborative rule-making – The FAA is working with industry representatives to ensure that newly-manufactured helicopters can help prevent injuries, post-crash fires and catastrophic damage from bird-strikes. Some manufacturers and operators are already voluntarily stepping up and installing the life-saving equipment. In addition, the FAA required in 2014 that certain (Part 135) commercial helicopter operators, including air ambulances and air taxis, have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment.

FAA International Rotorcraft Safety conference – For the past two years, with industry’s support the FAA has hosted a three-day gathering focused on a variety of safety topics. The conference includes presentations about decision-making, fatigue, safe autorotations, protective equipment, a culture of safety, and first-person experiences.  

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