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Transport Canada Preparing DRAFT NPA on Lightweight Data Recorders

HAC has been participating in a Lightweight Data Recorder Focus Group for the last couple of years. You may recall, about eight months ago, we canvassed our members on their willingness to support a mandatory requirement for the installation of LDRs in all helicopters not already equipped with FDRs and CVRs. While members seemed to appreciate the value of LDRs in the accident/incident investigative process and their value at preventing future accidents, members were not supportive of mandatory installation for reasons mostly related to cost. HAC will be meeting with Transport Canada and other stakeholders to discuss this issue again in early March. It will also become clear at that time, if other associations have been supportive of the initiative, or not.