Helicopter Instrument Training Recommended
The NTSB has issued a recommendation to the FAA that would require all helicopter pilots who conduct commercial passenger flights in areas where flat light or whiteout conditions routinely occur to possess a helicopter-specific instrument rating. Additionally, pilots would be required to demonstrate their instrument competency during the initial and recurrent FAA check flights. The proposed regulation would also require installation of radar altimeters in all helicopters operating in areas where flat light or whiteout conditions routinely occur.
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