Vanderbilt LifeFlight

Safety

LifeFlight has been accident-free since it was founded in 1984. No other service in Middle Tennessee has matched that safety record. We use state-of-the-art aircraft, that maintain or exceed global standards for safety and reliability. We can safely respond to transport requests under poor weather conditions using GPS for direct flight routing.
 


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Our equipment meets or exceeds FAA rules. LifeFlight is the only non-profit program within Tennessee to offer fixed wing service woth both turbo prop and jet aircraft.


 

Helicopter Safety

The pilot and/or flight crew controls activity around the aircraft. Always follow these rules:

  • Everyone must stay 100 feet from the aircraft.
  • Approach and depart the aircraft from the front only.
  • Do not enter or leave the rotor-arc when the helicopter is starting up.
  • No running or smoking within 50 feet of the aircraft.
  • All items within 100 feet must be secured.
  • No one is allowed into the landing zone until the aircraft is in steady flight.


Landing Zone Criteria

  • Minimum size: 100 ft. x 100 ft.
  • Clear of debris
  • Level, firm terrain with no obstructions
  • No power lines or overhead obstructions nearby
  • No vehicles or people within the zone
     

Landing Zone Officers

  • Assume command and secure landing zone.
  • Only one person can be in radio contact with the aircraft.
  • LifeFlight does not use 10 codes.
  • Direc pilot using directions such as north, south, east or west. Don't use road names.
  • Don't stand in the landing zone.
     

Night Operations

  • Don't shine lights at the helicopter.
  • Don't use cones, flares or tape to mark the site.
  • Emergency vehicles may be parked so their headlights intersect the landing site. They can also be parked beneath wires to mark them.
  • Lights may be placed onto poles showing wires between them.
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