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NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by cage » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:59 pm

It would seem the spate of HEMS and helitour accidents is prompting thought about tightening up part 135 ops.

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on Feb. 4 released its 2019-2020 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements, calling for improved safety of part 135 aircraft flight operations and better occupant protection in aircraft, among other things.

The NTSB is encouraging aircraft operators and organizations to take initiative to improve the safety of their day-to-day operations, rather than waiting for regulations or accidents to move them into action. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not currently require Federal Aviation Regulations part 135 operations — which include air tour, air medical service, air taxi, charter or on-demand flights — to “meet the same safety requirements as commercial airlines,” the NTSB said.
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by Eddybear » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:45 pm

Part 135 is fixed wing operations.
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by cage » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:53 pm

Eddybear wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:45 pm
Part 135 is fixed wing operations.
According to the definition it seems to apply to all aircraft, much like our part 135.
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by Jack Welles » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:59 pm

IIRC USA Part 135 includes helos
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by Eddybear » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:00 pm

135.01.1
(1) This part applies to any South African operator engaged in a commercial air transport operation using—

(a) aeroplanes registered in the Republic of South Africa—
(i) having a maximum certificated passenger seating capacity of 19 or less as authorised In the initial type certificate issued to such aeroplane; or
(ii) operating in an all-cargo configuration having a maximum certificated take-off mass of 8 618 kg or less;

(b) any aircraft that is authorised by the Director to be operated under this part;

(c) persons employed, or otherwise engaged by the operator referred to in subregulation (1) (a), who perform functions essential to the operation of aeroplanes operated under this part; and

(d) persons, mail or cargo on board an aeroplane operated under this part.


“aeroplane” means a power-driven heavier-than-air aircraft deriving its lift in flight mainly from aerodynamic reactions on surfaces which remain fixed under given conditions of flight;
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by cage » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:44 pm

Eddybear wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:00 pm
135.01.1
(1) This part applies to any South African operator engaged in a commercial air transport operation using—

(a) aeroplanes registered in the Republic of South Africa—
(i) having a maximum certificated passenger seating capacity of 19 or less as authorised In the initial type certificate issued to such aeroplane; or
(ii) operating in an all-cargo configuration having a maximum certificated take-off mass of 8 618 kg or less;

(b) any aircraft that is authorised by the Director to be operated under this part;

(c) persons employed, or otherwise engaged by the operator referred to in subregulation (1) (a), who perform functions essential to the operation of aeroplanes operated under this part; and

(d) persons, mail or cargo on board an aeroplane operated under this part.


“aeroplane” means a power-driven heavier-than-air aircraft deriving its lift in flight mainly from aerodynamic reactions on surfaces which remain fixed under given conditions of flight;
The NTSB is the US investigation arm. ie FAA part 135 which is somewhat different to SACAA.
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Re: NTSB wants to see changes to part 135

Unread post by Eddybear » Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:16 pm

You are indeed correct.
I was under the impression that Part 135 is as defined by the global organization, but I see that FAA FAR 135 concerns operations which includes helicopter air ambulance ops etc.

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