Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) Weather Summit

Dec. 13, 2013

6:30 am MST

Washington, DC
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HEMS Weather Summit

At the request of the Federal Aviation Administration, theADDSdevelopment team created a tool specifically designed to show weather conditions for short-distance and low-altitude flights that are common for the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) community.HEMS

8:30 – 10:30 Industry Presentation (Rex Alexander to Coordinate) 

  • HEMS Part 135 compared to other Charter Part 135 & 121 (Rex Alexander)
  • HEMS Weather Accident Statistics (Tom Judge)
  • HEMS Weather Tool Historical Perspective (Eric Lugger)
  • HEMS Regulatory Requirements for Weather (Ed Stockhousen/Gerry Pagano) Weather Regulations, Advisory Circulars, LOA’s, MOU’s (Tom Judge)
  • Economic Impact of the HEMS Weather Tool (Chris Eastlee)
  • HEMS Weather Tool for other Aviation Operations (J Heffernan)
  • HEMS Weather Tool Input Data (Rex Alexander)

10:45 – 11:45 FAA Presentation Part 1 (Roger Sultan and Steve Abelman to Coordinate)

  • FAA Perspective on HEMS Tool (Jim Hartman) 
  • AFS OpSpecs (A021 and A010)/Exemptions/135.213 and interaction with NWS (Andy Pierce)
  • AFS position/concerns on reliability and accuracy (Ellen Turcio) 
  • NWS/ANG Brief on reliability once on Operational ADDS (Cyndie Abelman)
  • ANG Brief on limitations to the HEMS tool (Tom MacPhail) 

1:00 – 2:00 FAA Presentation Part 2 (Roger Sultan and Steve Abelman to Coordinate)

  • ANG Brief on FAA process to bring HEMS tool to Operational ADDS (Steve Abelman)
  • AFS Brief on possible authorization requirements if HEMS tool is on Operational ADDS (Andy Pierce ) 
  • ANG Brief regarding ongoing R&D (Steve Abelman ) 
  • AFS Brief on Weather in the Cockpit (Roger Sultan)

2:00 – 3:00 NOAA Activities to Help Improve HEMS Safety (Cyndie Abelman to Coordinate)

  • Real-time Mesoscale Analysis (RTMA) and Rapidly Updating Analysis (RUA) for HEMS (Mark Miller ) 
  • Multiple-Radar / Multiple-Sensor (MRMS) for HEMS (Mark Miller) 
  • Enhanced Digital Aviation Services (Cammye Sims-Uskievich) 

3:15 – 5:00 Open Discussion and Development of Action Items for the Community, Including Identification of Discussions Requiring Future Select Group Meetings Conclusions

Presentation Slides