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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

Sherman Updates Helicopter Safety Bill to Include Kobe and Gianna Bryant Relevant Provisions


Feb 9, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board today issued its report on the tragic helicopter crash that took the life of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and seven others.

That report made two new recommendations. Congressman Sherman today announced that he would amend the Kobe and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act to mandate that these two new recommendations arising from the investigation, as well as other helicopter safety measures that NTSB has recommended in the past.

The two new provisions that will be added to the bill will:

1) require new standards for initial and recurrent pilot training for relevant helicopter operations and

2) convene a multidisciplinary panel to evaluate technologies effective for training pilots to recognize the onset of spatial disorientation. (Spatial disorientation was found by the NTSB to be a major factor in the Calabasas crash.)

The National Transportation Safety Board also reiterated today the importance of several previous issued safety recommendations that the Federal Aviation Administration has failed to fully implement, including:  

1) establishment of a structured flight data monitoring program;

2) establishment of safety management system programs;

3) installation of flight data recording devices capable of supporting a flight data monitoring program;

4) the retrofitting of aircraft with crash-resistant flight recorder systems.