Why is a Tail number in RED?


#1

Why is a tail number in Red, such as this: flightaware.com/live/flight/N80AP

I searched and could not find any explanation for this.

Thanks in advance.


#2

Indicates a “Lifeguard” (air ambulance) operation.


#3

If you click on “lifeguard” in the flight id or go to flightaware.com/live/special/lifeguard/ you can find a list of all currently flying lifeguard flights.


#4

I thought it probably was because of it being an ambulance. I imagine they in red only when operating as ambulance/urgent medical need. I wonder why they’d have one coming into to DMW. I can’t imagine something coming in here to have something done, must be someone/somethng going out.


#5

You’d be surprised.
Lifeguard flights operate not only for patients themselves, but other time-critical medical needs. Maybe that something coming in might be in a small cooler, heading to the nearby hospital where someone is waiting for it.


#6

O.k. Thanks for the info. That had not occurred to me.


#7

We’ve sure come a long way since flying the diseased patient to the transplant location on scheduled airlines… :wink:


#8

…or, as in the case of someone close to me, the surgeons were flown out of town to the donor, the organs were procured, and they flew back with the gifts. A very honorable flight to fly for a pilot, I must say.

Many cannot afford the costs in cases where it’s not covered by insurance. Pilots willing to donate their time to fly in these instances will never be forgotten.


#9

server boo boo #1


#10

server boo boo #2


#11

We heard you the 3rd time… :wink:


#12

Needlenose is being a needle nose lol. Got 2 posting errors “::PHP::” when I posted this and neglected to check to see that the server posted it anway. Removing two of them now. SORRY. :wink:


#13

Happened to me a lot last week. I must have passed it to you. TAG!!YOU’RE IT!! NO TAG BACKS!!


#14

I’m sure glad you said “nose”! I don’t think my ego could take it had you mentioned another body part spelled with four letters.


#15

Would that be “knee?”


#16

O.K. now that plane took off 3/6 (see: flightaware.com/live/flight/N80AP )
and the tail is not red, so that means it isn’t operating in “ambulance” mode?


#17

Yes.

Lifeguard flights get preferential treatment from ATC. They usually let them depart before other airplanes if they can, and try to get them the most direct routing to their destination.

A few days ago I heard this transaction between a french-speaking canadian pilot and Jacksonville Center:

ATC: Charlie Fox somethingorother JAX center, are you a lifeguard flight today?

Airplane(thick french accent): ahh…charlie foxtrot say again please?

ATC(slower): Are you operating a lifeguard flight today?

Airplane: aaahhh, we are leveel at Flight Level twoo tree zeero and no problems with any turbulence or anything of that nature sir.

ATC (slightly annoyed, but i give him credit): Are…you…a…lifeguard flight?

Airplane:pause…I’m sorry sir I do not understand, we have no problems, we are going to continue to our destination.

ATC: OK, charlie fox (whatever) I have new routing for you advize ready to copy.

Airplane: ready to copy sir.

ATC went on to read him the new clearance VERY slowly, spelling out each fix as he went.

I just thought it was funny, the “everything is Ok here sir” response to the question.


#18

Head, hair, face, brow, neck, back, knee, hand, foot, arch, nail, heel, butt… all those I could take… It’s another one I was concerned about.


#19

Don’t worry so much about your nose, it’s the whole plane that counts. :smiley: