The FAA has released SAFO 18004, Dated 4/23/2018, Subject: Rotorcraft External Load Attaching Means and Quick Release Devices for Human External Cargo (HEC)
This SAFO serves to alert Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 133 rotorcraft operators, public aircraft operators, and government agencies of the possibility that they are conducting HEC operations with attaching means that do not meet HEC certification requirements.
Human external cargo operations adds a significant liability on the helicopter operator. Safety is of the up most importance. AvQuest Insurance Service encourages all helicopter operators to review the cargo hooks they use for FAA 133, part B, external loads to assure they meet 14 CFR 27.865 HEC Certifications.