November 29, 2011
They fly more than a million hours a year, yet the more than 2,000 “public aircraft” operated by government agencies — from local police departments to the National Science Foundation — are not subject to FAA regulation. As with any aircraft, they have occasional accidents, like the police helicopter that went down in New Mexico in June 2009 (pictured), killing the pilot and one passenger. The National Transportation Safety Board has investigated 300 such accidents over the last 10 years.
Board member Mark Rosekind gives an overview of the subject here:
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