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AIM

10/12/17

6

−2−5

Emergency Services Available to Pilots

TBL 6

−2−2

Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers

Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers

Alameda, CA
510

−437−3701

Miami, FL
305

−415−6800

Boston, MA
617

−223−8555

New Orleans, LA
504

−589−6225

Cleveland, OH
216

−902−6117

Portsmouth, VA
757

−398−6390

Honolulu, HI
808

−541−2500

Seattle, WA
206

−220−7001

Juneau, AK
907

−463−2000

San Juan, PR
787

−289−2042

d. Air Force Rescue Coordination Centers. 

(See TBL 6

−2−3 and TBL 6−2−4.)

TBL 6

−2−3

Air Force Rescue Coordination Center

48 Contiguous States

Air Force Rescue Coordination Center

Tyndall AFB, Florida

Phone

Commercial

850

−283−5955

WATS

800

−851−3051

DSN

523

−5955

TBL 6

−2−4

Air Command Rescue Coordination Center

Alaska

Alaskan Air Command Rescue

Coordination Center

Elmendorf AFB, Alaska

Phone

Commercial

907

−428−7230

800

−420−7230 

(outside Anchorage)

DSN

317

−551−7230

e. Joint Rescue Coordination Center. 

(See TBL 6

−2−5.)

TBL 6

−2−5

Joint Rescue Coordination Center

Hawaii

Honolulu Joint Rescue Coordination Center

HQ 14th CG District

Honolulu

Phone

Commercial

808

−541−2500

DSN

448

−0301

f. Emergency and Overdue Aircraft.

1.

ARTCCs and FSSs will alert the SAR system

when information is received from any source that an
aircraft is in difficulty, overdue, or missing.

(a)

Radar facilities providing radar flight

following or advisories consider the loss of radar and
radios, without service termination notice, to be a
possible emergency. Pilots receiving VFR services
from radar facilities should be aware that SAR may
be initiated under these circumstances.

(b)

A filed flight plan is the most timely and

effective indicator that an aircraft is overdue. Flight
plan information is invaluable to SAR forces for
search planning and executing search efforts.

2.

Prior to departure on every flight, local or

otherwise, someone at the departure point should be
advised of your destination and route of flight if other
than direct. Search efforts are often wasted and rescue
is often delayed because of pilots who thoughtlessly
takeoff without telling anyone where they are going.
File a flight plan for your safety.

3.

According to the National Search and Rescue

Plan, “The life expectancy of an injured survivor
decreases as much as 80 percent during the first
24 hours, while the chances of survival of uninjured
survivors rapidly diminishes after the first 3 days.”

4.

An Air Force Review of 325 SAR missions

conducted during a 23

−month period revealed that

“Time works against people who experience a
distress

 but are not on a flight plan, since 36 hours

normally pass before family concern initiates an
(alert).”

g. VFR Search and Rescue Protection.

1.

To receive this valuable protection, file a VFR

or DVFR Flight Plan

 with an FAA FSS. For

maximum protection, file only to the point of first
intended landing, and refile for each leg to final
destination. When a lengthy flight plan is filed, with
several stops en route and an ETE to final destination,
a mishap could occur on any leg, and unless other
information is received, it is probable that no one
would start looking for you until 30 minutes after
your ETA at your final destination.

2.

If you land at a location other than the

intended destination, report the landing to the nearest
FAA FSS and advise them of your original
destination.