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Our program is going IFR. Looking for advice, tips and tricks, etc.

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#1 Rotorhead84


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 17:05

We are a VFR program for now, but are going IFR by the end of the year.  The plan for now is that we are not going to file every flight, just when the WX is IFR or marginal VFR.


Any tips/tricks for speeding up the process of getting a clearance?  Do you normally file before take off?  Leave VFR and file enroute?


Just curious about how flying IFR and EMS works together.  How do prefer to do it?

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Posted 17 March 2016 - 19:41

Most programs use canned flight plans on DUATS that are ready to go. They use propriety instrument approaches at local hospitals and they call ATC on the phone for clearances. All of this should be be worked out by your regional managers / IPs before you go full IFR. Some of this stuff will be covered in your GOM / Opsecs.

The whole instrument thing sounds good on paper but in mountainous areas, the IAP / ODP mins are so high, it's not worth it. Until they develope an aircraft that can land on a road intersection 0/0, instruments won't be that beneficial to air ambulance.

Edited by Velocity173, 12 November 2016 - 15:30.

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