Who makes the call as to who is priority?
Cant like this thread enough!That's a question for the pilot in command to determine with the real-time information he is being fed. The pilots can and should coordinate with WXMAN, but at the end of the day if you shell out 200 bucks you need to accept that the helo may or may not be busy when you need them. The pilot's #1 priority is to get the patient to the next highest level of care. Sometimes that means meeting an ambulance on the highway and transferring the patient to them. It depends on the resources they have in the helo and the condition of the patient. Not every accident is going to require a trip to Scripps La Jolla.
And the situation is not so different here in the states. We all pay taxes to fund Coast Guard SAR helos, right? There's 3 of them right here in San Diego next to the airport but only one on standby at any given time. If your sailboat starts sinking and they're already out there trying to rescue someone else on their yacht, you're at the whim of the aircraft commander to decide who the priority is. And if they decide you're priority #2, then you're at the whim of the remaining available assets in San Diego. Most the time you'll probably luck out because 50% of the Navy's helo fleet is also here, but what if it's a holiday weekend? The Navy's not sitting on the edge of their chair waiting to launch a rescue, they're on a four hour recall. That means if the Coasties call and ask for help, the Navy has four hours to sober up and get a helo airborne. What if you live in a place they're not lucky enough to have so many air assets? There are other helo assets around SD, but you can't armchair quarterback this.
If you're paying a mere $200, you really have to accept that the professionals will make the right decision when the time comes. $200 is nothing when it comes to aviation, especially rotary-wing . We recently replaced a tail-rotor blade...$80k. When you can afford your own personal airborne recovery team then I suppose it's reasonable to expect them to revolve solely around you. Until then, $200 is a fúcking steal -- extremely generous in my opinion.
One helo is better than none!
Then you are not flying in a medivac chopper, you are simply catching a ride. If you don't understand the need for medical care while in flight, then you have missed the point.
There are others who envision this as a chase vehicle with a large rotor blade instead of wheels, that can get to and get the injured to help quicker. This is not meant with any disrespect at all, after all that's what was on the scene saving these guys lives that morning. This is actually more in line with what I've seen here and with what is outlined on HP's website regarding race support.
I am all for paying 200 bucks for a medically capable and equipped airship that can arrive, stabilize, and transport me to a better medical facility at any race. Are we all agreeing that is what we are talking about?