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#1 ezbie

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 02:44 PM

I am looking for regulations or standards of practice regarding flight following of aircraft while on missions. Do most communication centers have a communicator that is dedicated to the solely to the safety and following of aircraft especially helicopters while they are in flight? Do they have other responsibilities such as taking incoming ambulance reports, dispatching ground units, scheduling interfaculty transport, fielding incoming phone calls while they are following aircraft? Should they have any other responsibilities while following an aircraft? I have to imagine there are some regulations or standards of practice out there somewhere.

If someone can point me in a direction of regulations or SOPís that would be great. I would also be interested in hearing what the general practices of other flight services are while following missions.
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#2 skysix

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 04:34 PM

I am looking for regulations or standards of practice regarding flight following of aircraft while on missions. Do most communication centers have a communicator that is dedicated to the solely to the safety and following of aircraft especially helicopters while they are in flight? Do they have other responsibilities such as taking incoming ambulance reports, dispatching ground units, scheduling interfaculty transport, fielding incoming phone calls while they are following aircraft? Should they have any other responsibilities while following an aircraft? I have to imagine there are some regulations or standards of practice out there somewhere.

If someone can point me in a direction of regulations or SOPís that would be great. I would also be interested in hearing what the general practices of other flight services are while following missions.


Although there are some SOP's it truly can vary from company to company....I have been in companies where yes the comm personel (which may be one person) have all the other responsibilities you mention plus flight following, larger companies may have enough to to assign one person solely to flight following and yet others contract the service out to other dispatches - in other words like evrything else in this industry its a mixed bag.

Personally I feel that no- there should be a minimum of two comm specialists on at all times and when a flight lifts off then one person needs to be focused on flight following without distractions of answering phones- but that is only my opinion
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