Medical Center Aircraft Tracking


#1

I just read a posting where somebody wrote it’s not possible to track helicopters. Since helicopters obviously affect air traffic control, could somebody please explain this? Is there a way medical centers could identify and track medical flights, fixed wing and rotor?


#2

They’re usually not IFR, so we can’t track them.

When they do go IFR, they often use the ident AIR1.


#3

Most (dare I say all?) medical helicopter flights are flown VFR and are not trackable.
Other flights operating in the ‘system’ can be identified by the “lifeguard” callsign. There’s a place here on flightaware to display just lifeguard flights: here
(it’s found by going to the “live tracking” page, and then “special humanitarian flights” link.


#4

Thanks mduell and cfijames! :smiley:
I just clicked the link cfijames supplied and found a flight to KRST (my locale). Also tracking a lifeguard flight from KGRB to KRST (N5494R). It is listed in red (font) as you mentioned. Would be nice to have it in red on the maps as well.