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Lifeguard Designation?  
User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3552 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

I was looking at the transcripts from TW Flight 800 shortly before it went down and was curious about its callsign. Apparently they had a "lifeguard" designation in their call sign that denotes something. My question, what does "lifeguard" denote? Did they have a sick person onboard or something?

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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

If memory serves me corrcetly, they were carrying a human organ for a transplant . . . correct me if I'm wrong.

User currently offlineClipper002 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 679 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

ANCflyer,
You are absolutely correct.

Rgds,
Ed



Ed
User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3552 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Wow, I didn't know they did organ transplants internationally. Seems like a long flight to keep an organ on ice but then again I'm not a doctor, what do I know?

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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2373 times:

"Lifeguard" demotes an air ambulance flight -- can be a patient, organs, or even doctors being ferried to a critical location. Lifeguard flights are given priority for approaches, etc.

Steve


User currently offlinePilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3144 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

There was a pretty lengthy thread on this in Tech/Ops a few months back. Sllevin is right. The lifeguard designation is given to the Arch Helos you see flying around the metro area 777STL. They have priority over everything except an emergency in flight, and on the ground.


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