Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Helipad Information

Communications Procedures

Coordination of all helicopter operations into and out of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JHACH) helipad is the responsibility of the JHACH Transfer Center/Dispatch. Operations at All Children’s Helipad are monitored by Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital security both visually and through video camera feeds. All EMS helicopters inbound to JHACH will ensure that their respective communications centers provide telephonic notification to the ACH Transfer Center at least 10 minutes prior to the helicopter’s arrival at (727) 767-7337. In addition, all pilots inbound to, outbound from, or transitioning within 3 miles of Johns Hopkins 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 fo travel when clear by 3 miles

The ACH Transfer Center will assist in providing information about known hazards and other EMS aircraft operating in the immediate vicinity. In the event of multiple aircraft coming into ACH, the transfer center will have final decision in helipad access.

Helipad from above

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Helipad Information

Johns Hopkins 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).

Johns Hopkins 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.

Helipad north view
Looking North from Helipad