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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AK94 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: Severe Weather Detection Equipment Requirements for Helicopter Air Ambulance Operations 

This rulemaking would allow helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators to conduct instrument flight rules (IFR) departures and IFR approach procedures at airports and heliports that do not have an approved weather reporting source, in HAA aircraft without functioning severe weather detection equipment (airborne radar or lightning strike detection equipment), when there is no reasonable expectation of severe weather at the destination, the alternate, or along the route of flight. This rulemaking would also update certain provisions to address the transition of seven area forecasts, currently used as flight planning and pilot weather briefing aids, to digital and graphical alternatives. Additionally, this rulemaking would update requirements regarding HAA departure procedures to include additional types of departure procedures that are currently acceptable for use.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 135   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f)    49 U.S.C. 106(g)    49 U.S.C. 40113    49 U.S.C. 41706    49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44702    49 U.S.C. 44705    49 U.S.C. 44709    49 U.S.C. 44711 to 44713    49 U.S.C. 44715 to 44717    49 U.S.C. 44722    49 U.S.C. 44730    49 U.S.C. 45101 to 45105   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Nancy L. Claussen
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, DC 20591
Phone:202 267-8166