These guidelines are generally understood to be best practices of experienced Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic pilots. Each pilot should make his/her own “go/no-go” decision based on safety and their comfort level with the forecast or airports involved.
These guidelines, in part, are placed here to give emphasis to safety and adherence to the FARs, and they are not an attempt to preclude good pilot judgment at all times.
- All FAA rules and regulation must be strictly followed.
- We recommend that an instrument flight plan be filed on all client legs regardless of weather conditions. This allows for increased flight following by the FAA.
- No flight should be made into known icing conditions unless the pilot’s aircraft is certified to fly in those conditions, and even then, caution is urged.
- No flight should be made into reported severe turbulence.
- The pilot should obtain a complete weather briefing for a planned flight with an update ideally obtained within 45 minutes of take-off.
- The pilot is responsible for the placement and securing of all cargo to eliminate any possibility of shifting of cargo affecting safety during flight.
- Under normal circumstances, the use of the “LIFEGUARD” radio call sign is not appropriate. In recognition of the work Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic groups all over the country perform, the FAA has approved a new call sign and three-letter identifier just for missions. This became effective on June 30, 2000 and all ATC facilities were to be ANGEL FLIGHT and the last three characters of the tail number. The three-letter identifier “NGF” and assigned 4 digit number, provided to you by the Transportation Coordinator will be used in the flight plan. “ANGEL FLIGHT” followed by the aircraft’s complete N number should be filed in the “remarks” section of each flight plan.
- The FAA permits you to use the call sign “Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic” while transporting medical patients or cargo. This will provide the flight preferred handling by controllers while en route, thus expediting the mission. This call sign should only be used when a patient is onboard transporting medical cargo, (e.g. blood, tissue, or organs) which are time critical. Please use your personal call sign on your deadhead leg.
- Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic does not require a (PIC) have a co-pilot. That decision is left to the (PIC). However, our insurance company requires that any accompanying co-pilot or friend not registered with Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic, sign a liability release form when client is on board, as well as all adult clients, sign a liability release form. The liability release form must be mailed/faxed to the Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic office prior to departure. A co-pilot /friend does not need to sign a waiver for the deadhead leg.
- Each pilot is reminded to log into their account and complete a Post Mission Report within 2 business days, post flight. This form will serve as documentation of completed Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic Mission and may be useful when reporting out-of-pocket expenses to the IRS. Any hours we record for a pilot’s flights will be taken from their Post Mission Report.