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Do RYR use Medlink yet

Old 3rd Mar 2021, 09:48
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Do RYR use Medlink yet

If the cost is only $10,000 a year surely that would be recovered with a reduction in their insurance premium. Making a single wrong call regarding a medical diversion can cost a lot more than that.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 12:55
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No one knows?

I guess from the lack of response the answer is no. RYR probably don't appreciate that far from increasing costs it can save money on unnecessary diversions.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 17:30
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Diversions during short to medium range operations in europe are not that big a deal, it is quite a different thing on longhauf flights. In a previous company we had it only for those, but never for our much bigger short haul european operation. Probably a similar thought exercise at ryanair. Of course, additionally you need a means of direct voice communications with them. Which in europe means satcom as there is no ground based phone system for planes. And all of a sudden it becomes very expensive, as planes have to equipped with it, it requires maintenance and of course, if one of the bigger antenna solutions is used, it has a drag penalty on every flight.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 19:06
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Is that $10,000 quote per aircraft (likely) or fleet-wide (that would be dirt cheap then)?
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 22:20
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Given that I don't believe Ryanair aircraft have SATCOM or ACARS, how would the crew contact Medlink in-flight?

The costs of the service are immaterial when you have no ability to contact them.
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Old 7th Mar 2021, 22:22
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Patch via Storadio or similar. That assumes HF is fitted, which it is on at least some FR frames if not all of them.
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Old 9th Mar 2021, 22:10
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how would the crew contact Medlink in-flight?
You could also patch through VHF with a DTMF microphone which up until a few months ago, that's how the airline I work for contacted MedLink. However, it takes the one pilot completely out of the equation with the back and forth conversations with the Flight Attendants, never mind waiting for the frequency to clear up so you can use the thing to only then figure out you've travelled 100 miles and now need to switch to another frequency.
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