October 1, 2009
On Oct. 26 more than 2,000 air medical transport professionals from across the globe will gather in San Jose, Calif., for this year’s Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC). During the three-day conference, topics will include opportunities for improving medical helicopter safety and a look at regulatory issues affecting helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS).
The conference provides aviation and safety sessions addressing issues such as night vision goggles, single-pilot IFR, and human factors in helicopter EMS. Also, the National EMS Pilots Association is sponsoring an ATP helicopter written test prep course presented by Airline Ground Schools. It is an intensive one-day course that will assist the professional aviator in reviewing and updating the information required to pass the exam.
Another conference highlight will be a keynote session by Dr. Mark Rosekind, former director of the NASA Fatigue Countermeasures Program, who has gained international recognition for translating complex sleep and circadian (body clock) science into practical, effective strategies that enhance performance, safety, and health. Over the course of his career, Rosekind's research, publications, presentations, and programs have involved diverse groups and settings, including all modes of transportation, healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, energy, military, elite athletes, and special operations groups.
Pilot Health and Medical,
Pilot Training and Certification
Pilot responsibilities include requesting clarification or amendment whenever the pilot does not fully understand a clearance or considers it unacceptable from a safety standpoint.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
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