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Airport ARFF Index

Discussion in 'Flight Control/Dispatch' started by A1TAPE, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. A1TAPE

    A1TAPE Active Member

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    Would the ARFF index of an airport ever affect a flights legality to be dispatched? By this I mean lets say that its a small regional airport that has Index A ARFF with one truck. For the situation, the truck gets called to respond to assist another fire department in a fire off airport property. Since the only ARFF truck is off property and therefore unavailable, would that nullify its ARFF Index temporarily. Since you would have no notice of the fire and therefore no notice of ARFF assets being unavailable would the flight still be able to be dispatched? Also if the ARFF index of an airport is ever affected long terms like maybe maintenance of the trucks or some other issue, would a NOTAM put out by the airport operator?
     
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  2. Luigi

    Luigi Well-Known Member

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    Dude...you need to chill out. Go have a beer and a nap.
     
  3. flyingmedic

    flyingmedic Well-Known Member

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    Response of the year....lol
     
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  4. who'swho

    who'swho Don't hesitate. Penetrate!

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    I thought these are the kinda questions intended for the new dispatcher FAQ.
     
  5. JDRUNNER

    JDRUNNER Well-Known Member

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    I think starting 8 threads in a week is a bit much. We aren't doing cardiac surgery here. Just relax and learn things in due time. Focus your energy on getting hired by an airline and they will train you accordingly or maybe not...
     
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  6. flyingmedic

    flyingmedic Well-Known Member

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    Heh. You forget what it’s like to be the FNG eh?
     
  7. JDRUNNER

    JDRUNNER Well-Known Member

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    Negative
     
  8. thegriffinpages

    thegriffinpages Well-Known Member

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    Lol. Well, I thought it was a good question!
     
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  9. azmedic

    azmedic Well-Known Member

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    Just divert them to the nearest major international airport. Declare min fuel if need be. Your DO and POI will fully support your decision in the interest of regulations.


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  10. bbmikej

    bbmikej Well-Known Member

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    For the record though, there should be a NOTAM stating a decreased ARFF index. It may say something to effect that ARFF cat C now cat B or ARFF now cat A and give times. And yes, it can effect the legality of the flight.
     
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  11. Squirrel

    Squirrel Well-Known Member

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    Your answer is you can dispatch to a airport with a degraded arff 1 below your aircraft rating so cat c can be dispatched to cat b. Think there is a caveat that you can't do it to the same airport more than 3 times a month. But I'm to lazy to look it up.

    If you are chance studying for your practical don't worry about that stuff not taught. You will learn on it on the job.

    No one is ever fully prepared for their first job. Can not teach everything or you would never get out of class.
     
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  12. Flying Saluki

    Flying Saluki Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard of this. Can you provide a reference?
     
  13. who'swho

    who'swho Don't hesitate. Penetrate!

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    Can't think of the reference right now but you can dispatch to an airport that is 1 ARFF category lower than what the aircraft is rated as long you don't have more than 5 scheduled into that airport per day (could be 3 scheduled per day, I'd have to find the FAR again).
     
  14. who'swho

    who'swho Don't hesitate. Penetrate!

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  15. QXSOUP

    QXSOUP Well-Known Member

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    Your ops specs will tell you the answer.
     

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