Helicopters Law and Legal Definition
A helicopter is type of aircraft in which lift is obtained by means of one or more power driven horizontal propellers called rotors. Helicopters and their operation are regulated under state and federal laws. Some states have helicopter associations sanctioned to conduct a program of education and instruction for the training of helicopter pilots and to operate a school for such purposes. Such associations are authorized and empowered to employ such persons and acquire such real and personal property as is necessary to carry out such a program.
Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) oversee the administration of federal laws governing helicopters and their operation. Such laws deal with equipment and operational safety, as well as certification of pilots.