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TBL 6-2-2
Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers

Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers
Alameda, CA Miami, FL
510-437-3701 305-415-6800
Boston, MA New Orleans, LA
617-223-8555 504-589-6225
Cleveland, OH Portsmouth, VA
216-902-6117 757-398-6390

Honolulu, HI Seattle, WA
808-541-2500 206-220-7001
Juneau, AK San Juan, PR
907-463-2000 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

Alaskan Air Command Rescue
Coordination Center
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska Phone
Commercial 907-428-7230

(outside Anchorage)
DSN 317-551-7230

e. Joint Rescue Coordination Center.
(See TBL 6-2-5.)
TBL 6-2-5

Joint Rescue Coordination Center

Honolulu Joint Rescue Coordination Center
HQ 14th CG District

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

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

Emergency Services Available to Pilots 6-2-5

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