stealth777
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DL1870 Using Callsign "lifeguard" 1870?

Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:21 am

Hey everyone,
This morning (04Jun07) I heard a callsign lifeguard 1870 while I spotting at SFO. So I was looking for a little corporate jet whom I assumed would be using the callsign. Instead it was DL1870 (SFO-CVG) using the call sign. At first I thought I just heard it incorrectly but then after departure when she was switching over to bay departure she first used DL1870 but after the readback from departure she stated she is lifeguard1870. Has anyone else heard of a DL flight using this callsign? Or does anyone have any info about why they used that call sign.

-stealth
 
LAXintl
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RE: DL1870 Using Callsign "lifeguard" 1870?

Tue Jun 05, 2007 4:29 am

Actually pretty common.

Lifeguard callsigns are used to designate priority handling by ATC, usually involving the transportation of vital organs, urgent medical supplies(blood) etc.
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bnatraveler
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RE: DL1870 Using Callsign "lifeguard" 1870?

Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:02 am

There are a number of special handling flights out there. FlightAware does a great job of consolidating and showing them on one screen:

http://flightaware.com/live/special/lifeguard/
 
gregarious119
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RE: DL1870 Using Callsign "lifeguard" 1870?

Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:08 am

How would a non-commercial callsign go with the lifeguard prefix?

Would it be something like Skyhawk lifeguard november 123 alpha alpha

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P3Orion
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RE: DL1870 Using Callsign "lifeguard" 1870?

Tue Jun 05, 2007 5:30 am

Quoting Gregarious119 (Reply 3):
Would it be something like Skyhawk lifeguard november 123 alpha alpha

His callsign would be "Lifeguard one two three alpha alpha."

On the flight stip/data tag the callsign would appear as LN123AA

[Edited 2007-06-04 22:36:53]
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