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  • Bennet, Polis, Frisco Flight for Life widow Karen Mahany celebrate signing of helicopter safety law
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Sunshine streamed through static rotors of a North Colorado EMS helicopter onto a small crowd gathered in front of it on Friday morning as fallen Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's legacy was cemented at a ceremony at the High Country Training Center in Frisco. Dignitaries including Rep. Jared Polis and Sen. Michael Bennet joined Patrick's widow, Karen Mahany, and severely-injured flight nurse Dave Repsher in celebrating the passage of legislation that may save the lives of future EMS pilots... Read more

  • Federal Law To Prevent Fiery Helicopter Crashes Celebrated In Summit County
    Posted in In the News on October 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4)– It’s been three years since a Flight for Life helicopter went down in a fiery crash, killing one and seriously injuring two others. The passage of a federal bill to prevent such fires after crashes was celebrated in Summit County. Karen Mahany’s husband, the pilot, was killed. Patrick Mahany had flown for Flight for Life for 27 years. She told those gathered, “living through what we he have lived through one of greatest challenges in my life.” In July 2015, Patrick died whe... Read more

  • Bill Prompted By Deadly Helicopter Crash Passes
    Posted in In the News on October 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    DENVER (CBS4) – A deadly Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco prompts a new law aimed at saving lives in the future. Pilot Patrick Mahaney died in the crash, and flight nurse David Repsher was badly burned when the fuel tank on their helicopter ruptured. A fiery explosion followed. The new law requires all civilian helicopters be retrofitted with crash-resistant fuel systems, which the military has required for decades. Congressman (D-Arvada) Ed Perlmutter says his bill wouldn’t have passe... Read more

  • Safer Fuel Systems Now Required in Newly Manufactured Helicopters
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Lakewood, Colo. – As of today, all newly manufactured helicopters are required to be built with safer fuel systems. An amendment included in the five-year authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires all newly manufactured helicopters to comply with recommendations from the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group within 18 months. Additionally, the legislation requires the FAA to expedite certification of retrofit kits to improve fuel system crashworthiness and to pu... Read more

  • FAA to require crash-resistant fuel tanks after Frisco Flight For Life pilot tragedy
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Flight For Life pilot Patrick Mahany's sacrifice was not in vain. On Wednesday, Congress passed a five-year funding extension of the Federal Aviation Administration. Aside from enacting new regulatory measures for everything from airline seats to drones, the reauthorization also requires helicopter manufacturers to install crash-resistant fuel tanks on new emergency helos. Had those tanks been installed on Mahany's helicopter when it crashed in Frisco in 2015, he might still be with us today. Co... Read more

  • FAA to start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems on helicopters
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    More than three years after a fiery Flight for Life helicopter crash in Frisco, the Federal Aviation Administration will start requiring crash-resistant fuel systems onboard every newly built helicopter. The change comes after a series of 9Wants to Know investigative reports detailed a loophole in federal law that had allowed, for decades, manufacturers to continue building helicopters with antiquated fuel systems. Those fuel systems were prone to rupturing after otherwise survivable helicopter... Read more

  • Bill seeking to make helicopters safer after deadly 2015 Flight for Life crash in Colorado passes Congress, heads to president’s desk
    Posted in In the News on October 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Legislation aiming to close a loophole to make helicopters safer after a deadly Flight for Life crash in Colorado has passed Congress and is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk. U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, of Arvada, and Jared Polis, of Boulder, teamed up on the effort, which would require the Federal Aviation Administration to mandate that within 18 months all new helicopters be built with safer, crash-resistant fuel systems. Federal air crash investigators found that the wreck of the helicop... Read more

  • Helicopter fuel safety provision moves closer to becoming law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington: The House of Representatives again passed key helicopter safety provisions authored by Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., and Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill late yesterday. The Senate is expected to adopt the reauthorization language before funding for the FAA expires. The bill was presented as a compromise between the House and the Senate, after the Senate refused to consider the version of the reauthorization that the House pa... Read more

  • Polis and other Colorado members commemorate Flight for Life pilot; Polis and Perlmutter introduce new bill to enhance safety on existing helicopters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., together with every Colorado member of the House of Representatives, introduced a resolution to commemorate Patrick Mahany, by renaming the Frisco post office the Patrick E. Mahany Jr. Post Office. Mahany was a Flight for Life pilot who perished in a crash in Frisco, Colo. in 2015. He is survived by wife Karen and three children, Kathleen Celeste, Shawna Suzanne, and son Ryan Patrick. “I am honored that Rep. Polis has filed the bill to have the Frisco Post ... Read more

  • Emergency Helicopter Crews Risk Their Lives Daily, But the Most Dangerous Part of the Job May Be the Choppers Themselves
    Posted in In the News on September 14, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    At around 1:30 p.m. on July 3, 2015, three men boarded a flight for life helicopter at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, ColoradoOpens a New Window.. Patrick Mahany, 64, a former army pilot who had flown civilian medevac missions for 27 years, was at the controls. Flight nurses Dave Repsher, 45, and Matt Bowe, 32, sat behind Mahany in the cabin. The trio was on its way to a public relations appearance in Gypsum, a short flight west. Mahany was considered a dean among mountain rescue p... Read more

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