Procedures for Visiting Aircraft

Operational Control

Helipads at the UF Health Shands Hospital are controlled by the ShandsCair Regional Communications Center (ShandsComm).

Methods of Contact

  • ShandsComm Primary – Tx: 466.625 MHz, Rx: 461.625 MHz, PL: 77.0
  • Regional Med – Tx/Rx: 155.340 MHz, No PL/CTCSS
  • Air-to-Air: 123.025 MHz AM
  • ShandsComm Phone: (800) 342-5635

Helipads

  • Pad 1 – North Tower
    • Lighting: 24 hr, bordered in amber lights. Lighted windsock on NE side.
    • Capacities:
      • Weight: 11,000 lbs. (5,000 kg)
      • Rotor: 55 feet (16.8 m)
    • Preferred Approach:
      • N/NE/SE approach is recommended due to obstructions on S/SW/NW sides.
    • Pad 2 – South Tower (Also serves East Tower)
      • Lighting: 24 hr, bordered in green lights. Lighted windsock on NE side.
      • Capacities:
        • Weight: 22,000 lbs. (11,000 kg)
        • Rotor: 55 feet (16.8 m)
      • Preferred Approach:
        • NW/W/SW/S/SE approach is recommended due to obstructions on the NE side.

Procedure

  • Transient aircraft’s communications center will notify ShandsComm of inbound traffic 20 minutes prior to ETA. If flight time is less than 20 minutes, notify ShandsComm as soon as possible.
  • Transient aircraft will contact ShandsComm by radio 10 minutes prior to ETA to obtain authorization to land and provide report on updated patient condition.
  • ShandsComm will provide the pad assignment and relay any traffic/hazards in the area.
  • It is the pilot in command’s responsibility to mitigate any hazards or safety concerns regardless of the information provided by ShandsComm.
  • Transient aircraft must obtain permission prior to shutting down on the pad.
  • When shut down, the pilot must remain with the aircraft or in direct contact with a security officer, in case of other inbound traffic.
 
UF Health Helipads

Pad 1 – Serves the North Tower, including the Children’s Hospital. Pad 2 – Serves the South and East Towers.

Gatorport Parking

Gatorport Parking (MTC Aircraft ONLY, except in emergency)