All Children's Hospital Helipad Information

Communications Procedures

Coordination of all helicopter operations into and out of All Children’s Hospital (ACH) helipad is the responsibility of Bayflite Communications Center.  In addition to de-conflicting EMS aircraft, Bayflite Communications Center notifies All Children’s security department and All Children’s Dispatch Center of all flight operations. Operations at All Children’s Helipad are monitored by All Children’s Hospital security visually and through video camera feeds at the Bayflite Communication Center.

All EMS helicopters inbound to ACH will ensure that their respective communications centers provide telephonic notification to Bayflite Communication Center at least 10 minutes prior to the helicopter’s arrival at (727) 893-6010.  After such notification, Bayflite Communications will monitor frequency 123.025 MHz.

In addition, all pilots inbound to, outbound from, or transitioning within 3 miles of All Children’s Hospital will make the following self-announce calls on 123.025 MHz:


5 mins out & approach direction.

1 min out.

On final approach. 

Prior to liftoff with direction of travel 5 mins out & direction of travel when clear by 3 miles

Direct communications to Bayflite Communications Center may also be made on 123.025 MHz.  Bayflite Communication will provide information about known hazards and other EMS aircraft operating in the vicinity. 

All Children’s Helipad Information

All Children’s Hospital is located in Class D airspace approximately ¾ mile west of Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG) at 27’45’54.37 N  082’38’26.39 W.  The helipad is on the tenth floor of the hospital and is equipped with standard helipad lighting as well as a rotating beacon (green, yellow, white).  All lights are pilot-controlled on a frequency of 123.025 MHz.  The pad is 54’ x 54’ and has a weight capacity of 25,000 lbs.

Pilots can expected up to a 45-degree compass error due to magnetic interference on the helipad.

Fuel is available 24 hours a day at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG).  Bayflite Communication can coordinate after-hours refueling (from 21:00 – 06:00 daily) if requested.

All Children’s Hospital Safety Procedures

At no time will a pilot leave the rotor arc of a running aircraft that is parked on the helipad.

Ear and eye protection (goggles/visor down) will be worn by all flight crew members while rotors are turning.

Flights in which there is a non-flight team member (family or third rider) will require the aircraft to rotor down prior to offload.  Family or third riders will be escorted down the helipad ramp to the vestibule.