April 22: New Safety Standards for Offshore Helicopters

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The government announced that amendments to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to enhance the safety of offshore helicopter operations will take effect in 90 days. The new regulations:

  • Prohibit offshore helicopter operations when weather or water conditions make ditching in the water unsafe;
  • Require operators to provide an emergency underwater breathing apparatus to each crew member and passenger on board and train them on how to use it properly; and
  • Require all crew members to wear a water immersion survival suit specifically designed for crew.