Search and Rescue Hope

Submitted by on Thu, 12.01.2012 - 00:00

A Cessna 182 departed Timmins with the pilot and two passengers on board, destined for Montreal - Dorval (CYUL), with a planned fuel stop at North Bay (CYYB). The pilot notified FSS that due to weather they would continue to Pembroke (CYTA) for fuel. The flight departed Pembroke 12:15Z planning VFR OT at 8000 to CYUL. At 12:42Z the pilot contacted FSS for a weather update, indicating that he was descending due to deteriorating weather ahead. This was the last contact with the aircraft.

The purpose of the trip was to transport a 10 year old boy to Montreal for specialized treatment relating to Diabetes, his father was accompanying him.

This is day 3 of the search. The primary area, CSAD 1, has been covered at a high level, we are proceeding to a lower level detailed search of the area. Resources today include 9 search aircraft, 1 communications aircraft and 3 ground vehicles.

This was the scenario for CASARA Ontario Provincial SAREX 2002. (Photo gallery) No such flight actually existed. This was the fourth provincial exercise for Ontario and it was held Aug. 9-11th. The SAREX brought together members from 9 of the 10 Ontario CASARA units as guests of CASARA Ottawa and the Rockcliffe Flying Club. Units participating in Ottawa were Thunder Bay, Hearst, New Liskeard, Sault Ste Marie, Niagara, London, Sudbury, North Bay, Ottawa. In addition North Bay operated a remote search operation from their headquarters tied into the search operations running from RFC. We welcomed guests from across the river, two members of the Gatineau SARABEC (CASARA Quebec) unit stopped by to see how things were done by our teams. We also had representatives from the military, from the Trenton RCC and 424 Squadron.

A total of 39 search flights were launched to carry out various types of visual searches and ELT homing tasks. There were also 7 ground taskings to locate ELTs. The ground taskings featured some excellent casualty simulations designed to exercise the first aid and survival skills of the ground teams. This was a very successful exercise on the training front.

The weekend was not all work, there was some time for social activity. Rockcliffe was perhaps the best venue yet for the provincial with the combination of the Aviation Museum, the Willow tree and Tony's BBQ. Tony cooked up a storm on Saturday and Sunday to keep everyone fed under the Willow tree.

The museum was the site of our Friday evening meet and greet which proved very popular, especially for our out of town guests, many of whom hadn't had the opportunity to visit this excellent aircraft collection.

A busy day of flying on Saturday was capped off by a gathering around the virtual campfire on the field to watch the Casino fireworks and share stories of the day (and other days). Many of our members had not experienced the type of airport atmosphere that is found at CYRO, they were impressed with the open and friendly nature of the field.

CASARA Ottawa and CASARA Ontario would like to thank the Rockcliffe Flying Club, it's board, staff, and members for allowing us to take over a major portion of the club and field for the weekend, and for the support provided to us.

See the picture gallery as well.