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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT 

Pt. 29, App. D 






















§ 29.803 

(a) The demonstration must be conducted 

either during the dark of the night or during 
daylight with the dark of night simulated. If 
the demonstration is conducted indoors dur-
ing daylight hours, it must be conducted in-
side a darkened hangar having doors and 
windows covered. In addition, the doors and 
windows of the rotorcraft must be covered if 
the hangar illumination exceeds that of a 
moonless night. Illumination on the floor or 
ground may be used, but it must be kept low 
and shielded against shining into the 
rotorcraft’s windows or doors. 

(b) The rotorcraft must be in a normal at-

titude with landing gear extended. 

(c) Safety equipment such as mats or in-

verted liferafts may be placed on the floor or 
ground to protect participants. No other 
equipment that is not part of the rotorcraft’s 
emergency evacuation equipment may be 
used to aid the participants in reaching the 

(d) Except as provided in paragraph (a) of 

this appendix, only the rotorcraft’s emer-
gency lighting system may provide illumina-

(e) All emergency equipment required for 

the planned operation of the rotorcraft must 
be installed. 

(f) Each external door and exit and each in-

ternal door or curtain must be in the takeoff 

(g) Each crewmember must be seated in 

the normally assigned seat for takeoff and 
must remain in that seat until receiving the 
signal for commencement of the demonstra-
tion. For compliance with this section, each 
crewmember must be— 

(1) A member of a regularly scheduled line 

crew; or 

(2) A person having knowledge of the oper-

ation of exits and emergency equipment. 

(h) A representative passenger load of per-

sons in normal health must be used as fol-

(1) At least 25 percent must be over 50 

years of age, with at least 40 percent of these 
being females. 

(2) The remaining, 75 percent or less, must 

be 50 years of age or younger, with at least 
30 percent of these being females. 

(3) Three life-size dolls, not included as 

part of the total passenger load, must be car-
ried by passengers to simulate live infants 2 
years old or younger, except for a total pas-
senger load of fewer than 44 but more than 
19, one doll must be carried. A doll is not re-
quired for a 19 or fewer passenger load. 

(4) Crewmembers, mechanics, and training 

personnel who maintain or operate the rotor-
craft in the normal course of their duties 
may not be used as passengers. 

(i) No passenger may be assigned a specific 

seat except as the Administrator may re-
quire. Except as required by paragraph (1) of 
this appendix, no employee of the applicant 
may be seated next to an emergency exit, ex-
cept as allowed by the Administrator. 

(j) Seat belts and shoulder harnesses (as re-

quired) must be fastened. 

(k) Before the start of the demonstration, 

approximately one-half of the total average 
amount of carry-on baggage, blankets, pil-
lows, and other similar articles must be dis-
tributed at several locations in the aisles 
and emergency exit access ways to create 
minor obstructions. 

(l) No prior indication may be given to any 

crewmember or passenger of the particular 
exits to be used in the demonstration. 

(m) The applicant may not practice, re-

hearse, or describe the demonstration for the 
participants nor may any participant have 
taken part in this type of demonstration 
within the preceding 6 months. 

(n) A pretakeoff passenger briefing may be 

given. The passengers may also be advised to 
follow directions of crewmembers, but not be 
instructed on the procedures to be followed 
in the demonstration. 

(o) If safety equipment, as allowed by para-

graph (c) of this appendix, is provided, either 
all passenger and cockpit windows must be 
blacked out or all emergency exits must 
have safety equipment to prevent disclosure 
of the available emergency exits. 

(p) Not more than 50 percent of the emer-

gency exits in the sides of the fuselage of a 
rotorcraft that meet all of the requirements 
applicable to the required emergency exits 
for that rotorcraft may be used for dem-
onstration. Exits that are not to be used for 
the demonstration must have the exit handle 
deactivated or must be indicated by red 
lights, red tape, or other acceptable means 
placed outside the exits to indicate fire or 
other reasons why they are unusable. The 
exits to be used must be representative of all 
the emergency exits on the rotorcraft and 
must be designated by the applicant, subject 
to approval by the Administrator. If in-
stalled, at least one floor level exit (Type I; 
§ 29.807(a)(1)) must be used as required by 
§ 29.807(c). 

(q) All evacuees must leave the rotorcraft 

by a means provided as part of the 
rotorcraft’s equipment. 

(r) Approved procedures must be fully uti-

lized during the demonstration. 

(s) The evacuation time period is com-

pleted when the last occupant has evacuated 
the rotorcraft and is on the ground. 

[Amdt. 27–26, 55 FR 8005, Mar. 6, 1990] 

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