Started by RiverAux, August 24, 2010, 03:14:01 am
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Quote from: RiverAux on August 24, 2010, 03:14:01 amThis story from Canada is a good illustration about how dangerous it can be to have spontaneous volunteer pilots try to help out in an aerial search -- a near collission between one of them and a search plane.http://www.vancouversun.com/news/thewest/Civilian+aircraft+interfering+with+search+missing+plane+crews/3433918/story.htmlI have heard some CAP ICs and others say that if too many volunteer pilots flood into a search area that they would just close down the mission. This has always puzzled me as in the AFRCC SMC school we were told that they could make arrangements for FAA to close the search area to other aircraft if we really needed it. Have also heard at least one CAP-USAF State Director say that he wouldn't hesitate to ask for that as well. Not sure why the CAP people, I know understand that they could make that request, would rather just go home. Thankfully, we haven't gotten to that point yet, but its been close at least twice that I know of in recent years.
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