The decision to take a mission based on weather conditions is decided by the pilot. Information is obtained by Duat Weather Service, ATIS Weather Information, or by current weather radar. FAA FORM 8400-8 (10-90) lists the minimum standards for Emergency Medical Services (evacuation) Flights.
The aircraft making your location will talk to you on your department frequency. The AirLIFE frequency is reserved for communication between the aircraft and Flight Communications. If you are unsure if AirLIFE has your department frequencies you can provide them to the Flight Communications Office anytime so that they have a record of them. Please include the transmit and receive frequencies as well as any PL tones (freq) that your department may use. Our default ground to air frequency is VMED28 a.k.a. "Texas Med 1".
The Landing Zone
The Bell 430 and 407 helicopters require a 100ft X 100ft area clear of obstacles and obstructions to land. If you are unsure how to set up a landing zone, call the AirLIFE offices, (210) 233-5807, to set up a landing zone course or submit a request using our
Contact Us form. We will be happy to come out and provide a class on how to set up a safe LZ and what obstacles and obstructions to look for.
Marking the Landing Zone
The landing zone can be marked by using headlights or strobes. Emergency vehicles may be used to mark obstructions. Always wear hearing and eye protection when aircraft is running. Please do not direct white light into the aircraft. Approach the aircraft only when directed to do so by the flight crew.
While AirLIFE is on the Ground
Special care must be taken to ensure that no one approaches the aircraft until the pilot waves you on toward the aircraft. Absolutely no one should go near the tail rotor.
After the aircraft lands, the medical crew will proceed to where the patient is being treated. Please do not approach the aircraft with the patient until the medical crew has had a chance to assess the patient away from the aircraft.
Transient aircraft are to communicate with AirLIFE FlightComm on VMED28. This is to ensure that your destination helipad is clear for landing. When talking to other aircraft please utilize air-to-air 123.025. Please refer to the STRAC AMPAG HAA Air-to-Air Communication and Coordination Plan for more detailed local area operator information.