I was excited when an emergency medical service (EMS) helicopter operator asked if I would help the company’s safety officer get a flight data monitoring (FDM) program implemented well in advance of the deadline. The FAA had mandated that by April 23, 2018, an FDM system had to be functional on all air ambulance helicopters. For the record, I had long advocated for the adoption of FDMs in both the fixed- and rotary-wing sectors. For its aircraft, the EMS operator had chosen ...


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