New safety rules for VIP operation on single engine helicopters

Kathmandu, 10 March : New safety rules have been put in place for VIP operation of single-engine helicopters to avoid mishaps like the one which killed Minister of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Rabindra Adhikari and other highly placed delegates.

The rules, framed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Flight Safety Standards Department, encompass all aspects of flight operations; from an acquisition of aircraft, employment of crew and engineers to the definition of VIPs.

The new rule says that a VIP flight would mean having amongst the passengers any one of the five categories of dignitaries.

The categories include the Former Prime Minister, Minister (Minister of State, Assistant Minister), Speaker of Federal Parliament House, Justices’ of Supreme Court and Chief Ministers of Provinces’ who are able to be privileged the ‘VIP’ category.

While no flight would be allowed to be operated when “weather conditions are not conducive to safe operations”, every VIP flight would be operated with “a dedicated VIP Movement Servicing Team”, the Civil Aviation requirement says.

Stringent conditions have been laid down for the Pilots, Flight Operation Officer and Engineer of the helicopters.

The aircraft should be fitted with all suitable equipment needed for flying and pilots should hold valid ratings, the rule stresses.

It has also recommended that the aviation regulator asks all helicopter operators of private sector units to review their Standard Operating Procedures and get it submitted by March 31, this year.

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