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SINCE MORE THAN HALF OF FATAL

CRASHES OCCUR AT NIGHT, AIR EVAC LIFETEAM HAS IMPLEMENTED A NIGHT VISION GOGGLE PROGRAM WITH 100% OF THE FLEET PROJECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY JULY 2010, WHICH HELP THEIR PILOTS TO AVOID NATURAL AND MANMADE OBSTACLES.

Whitney can’t run the risk of flying a patient

toward a particular hospital and then turning around because weather conditions are so poor that he can’t land the aircraft. As a result, he uses XM Weather’s data to determine which hospital has the most favorable weather conditions and takes the patient there. “Many times the weather actually makes my decision as to which hospital the patient needs to go to,” said Whitney. XM Weather has proven itself time and again to Whitney. He recalled flying an EMS flight from Demopolis, Alabama to Mobile, Alabama about two years ago when the weather ahead appeared to be get- ting somewhat interesting. If you were to draw a line between his departure point and his destination it would have become quite obvious that there was not much between the two, actually there was nothing between the two. Although Whitney’s aircraft is tracked by satellites at all times, this particular route took him out of radio range, so there was no “call dispatch” option. “Using XM Weather on the Garmin GPSMAP 396, I was able to determine that the weather in Mobile was quickly deteriorating, and that I had better come up with a Plan B,” Whitney said. Having the informa- tion directly in front of him allowed him to select from several alternate destinations and choose one within his fuel range. Confirming with the medical crew, he chose an alternate hospital, secured the right level of care for the patient, and got it done safely. Having NEXRAD radar came in handy for Whitney last month on a return trip from Huntsville to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Weather reports were clear when Whitney took off, but midway through the flight his Garmin showed rain showers and deteriorating weather conditions. Wearing his night vision goggles, Whitney’s visibility was down to three miles. However utilizing the data from XM, Whitney diverged south towards the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant and made the return trip successfully. “The picture I was seeing from XM was exactly what I ran into,” says Whitney. The XM Weather service was formed out of a part- Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52