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8900.1 CHG 393

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VOLUME 3 GENERAL TECHNICAL ADMINISTRATION

CHAPTER 65 HELICOPTER AIR AMBULANCE NON-FLIGHTCREW PERSONNEL TRAINING PROGRAMS

Section 4 Maintenance Personnel Training

3-5183    GENERAL. This section contains guidance to be used by inspectors when evaluating Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 135 air ambulance operator maintenance personnel training.

3-5184    MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL TRAINING.

A.    Training. Airworthiness inspectors should evaluate training provided to maintenance personnel participating in helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operations to meet specific needs unique to these operations. Training should cover methods for inspection, installation, removal, and maintenance of medical equipment, medical oxygen systems, and non-aviation radios and other communications equipment that are considered to be installed and are included in the empty weight of the helicopter. This training should also include maintenance analysis of power requirements of installed equipment vs. power available from engine-mounted generators, electromagnetic compatibility verification, etc.

B.    Training Requirements. Inspectors should evaluate the certificate holder’s maintenance personnel training program to verify that it is in accordance with § 135.433. HAA specification training topics should include, at a minimum:

1)    Removal and installation of medical equipment before and after maintenance, or limits of authority for the maintainer to remove or replace medical equipment. (Medical personnel are often the only personnel authorized by the certificate holder’s documented procedures to unload, load and secure medical equipment not considered part of the Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) or equipment list and empty weight of the helicopter.)
2)    Servicing and maintaining medical oxygen systems.
3)    Risk and mitigation of biohazards associated with HAA operations.
4)    Proper maintenance and coordination/approval of changes to installed equipment which are covered under Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) compatibility systems.

C.    Medical Equipment. Inspectors should evaluate training of maintenance personnel and coordination with medical personnel in regard to the removal and replacement of medical equipment mounted on racks and structures installed in the helicopter but not considered part of the empty weight of the helicopter.

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D.    Inspection and Maintenance Scheduling. Inspectors should evaluate training for the scheduling and performance of inspections and maintenance to facilitate the demands of HAA operations.

RESERVED.  Paragraphs 3-5185 through 3-5200.