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LESS COSTLY NOISE TESTS PROPOSED FOR HELICOPTERS

 LESS COSTLY NOISE TESTS PROPOSED FOR HELICOPTERS
 WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Aviation


Administration (FAA) today proposed an option for light helicopter manufacturers on how to meet noise regulations that would reduce regulatory burdens on the industry.
 The proposed new procedure, which would determine whether light helicopters meet noise requirements, is more stringent in terms of noise limits but less expensive for the manufacturer.
 The proposed alternative procedure would reduce from three to one the number of microphones to be used in noise certification and reduce from three to one the number of flight tests required. The proposal would apply to helicopters with a certificated takeoff weight of less than 6,000 pounds.
 The changes would decrease noise certification costs by 90 percent, according to estimates made by the helicopter industry.
 The proposal, which reflects the president's effort to minimize the burden that compliance with federal regulations adds to the cost of doing business, gives a manufacturer the option of complying with the existing procedure or following the new proposed procedure.
 Is is estimated that the helicopter manufacturers and modifiers would save an estimated $22.4 million over 15 years by using the new procedure. And helicopters certificated under the new proposal would have to meet a standard that is two decibels more stringent than for those certificated under the existing procedure.
 The NPRM is being published today in the Federal Register.
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 /CONTACT: Fred Farrar of the Federal Aviation Administration, 202-267-8521/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Aviation
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