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NEW FAA CALL SIGN FOR ANIMAL RESCUE FLIGHTS

Animal Rescue F.
ARFOrganizer
Group Organizer
Norwalk, CT
GREAT NEWS! Pilots flying animal rescue flight missions are now authorized by the FAA to use a designated call sign and three letter identifier for radio and written communication with ATC!

The designated call sign is comprised of the words "Animal Flight" followed by the last three digits of the participating aircraft's registration number and is used to identify the aircraft to ATC in place of the full registration number. For example, if your tail number is N12345, you will use “Animal Flight 345” when communicating with ATC.

Instructions for filing a flight plan:

1) VFR or IFR flight plans that include the identifier must be filed through a Flight Service Station (FSS) or online via DUATS.

2) The use of the Animal Flight call sign cannot be initiated after a flight has commenced. This includes communication with ATC for the purpose of picking up flight following or radar services while airborne, requesting clearance through airspace, or on initial contact with the tower at the destination. In other words, intent to use the call sign can only be presented to an FSS or ATC for approval prior to the flight.

3) In place of the full registration number in the Aircraft Identifier section on VFR and IFR flight plans, use the three letter identifier "ARF" followed by the last three digits of the participating aircraft's registration number. For example, if your tail number is N12345, you will use “ARF345” for the Aircraft Identifier section

4) "Animal Flight" followed by the aircraft's full registration number should be included in the Comments section. For example, if your tail number is N12345, you will put “Animal Flight N12345” in the Comments section

If you plan to use Flight Following:

1) Pilots planning VFR flights without flight plans but utilizing "flight following" or "radar services" should identify their aircraft to Clearance Delivery or Ground Control as "Animal Flight" followed by the last three digits of their registration number. For example, if your tail number is N12345, you will use “Animal Flight 345” when communicating with ATC

2) The use of the Animal Flight call sign cannot be initiated after a flight has commenced. This includes communication with ATC for the purpose of picking up flight following or radar services while airborne, requesting clearance through airspace, or on initial contact with the tower at the destination. In other words, intent to use the call sign can only be presented to an FSS or ATC for approval prior to the flight

If you have any questions, please email ARFmail@aol.com.

Thank you!
Oliver
user 9610221
Dayton, OH
Post #: 3
Is it permissible to file/use the callsign only when animals are actually on board?

Oliver
Animal Rescue F.
ARFOrganizer
Group Organizer
Norwalk, CT
Post #: 284

Hi Oliver, good question! Angel Flights has a call sign and their pilots can use it for the entire mission...on the way to pick up the passenger...while they are flying the passenger (of course)...and when they return home from dropping off the passenger. Our call sign should work the same way.



Keith S.
user 11160522
Pompton Plains, NJ
Post #: 22
I was able to file an IFR flight plan with the ARF prefix via DUATS on Feb 14, 2010. I included 'animal rescue flight' and my full N-number in the remarks, as described above.
Keith S.
user 11160522
Pompton Plains, NJ
Post #: 25
More good news...as of tomorrow evening (Wed, Mar 3), flight tracking sites such as FlightAware.com will be able to track ARF flights.

Visit http://flightaware.co...­ to see any airborne flights. Ground crews might find this to be very useful for tracking inbound flights (if they're flying IFR). You can also sign-up for filing/departure/arrival/diversion alerts on specific callsigns, too.
A former member
Post #: 1
What if your tail number ends in letters? Example: 426FT
Is the proper usage "Animal Rescue Flights Six Foxtrot Tango"?
That's a mouthful.
Animal Rescue F.
ARFOrganizer
Group Organizer
Norwalk, CT
Post #: 627
We had our callsign abbreviated to make this slightly easier. Effective immediately, the official callsign is "Animal Flight", so that would be followed by the last three digits of your N number. The use of the three digit identifier "ARF" on flight plans remains the same.

Clark
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