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Insurance companies often impose more stringent requirements, e.g., recurrent training on an annual basis. In order to guarantee the ticket-buying public a higher level of safety, the FAA similarly imposes more stringent requirements on pilots of commercially-operated aircraft, e.g., ground and flight tests every 12 months for charter pilots (FAR 135.293) and proficiency checks every 6 months for airline pilots (FAR 121.441).
Helicopter Factoid for Kapolei, HI
The Robinson R44 has a potentially lethal design defect: the electronic governor, which is supposed to ensure that rotor speed remains at a safe 100% is not hooked up to the rotor tachometer. It is hooked up to the engine tachometer. To make matters worse the engine tachometer is driven by a set of mechanical points inside one of the ignition magnetos.