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Pursuant to RCW 47.68.380, WSDOT Aviation Division has legal responsibility and authority for aerial search and rescue in Washington. WSDOT Aviation Emergency Services executes this mission, including training and qualification, in accordance with WAC 468-200. Much of the human and aircraft resources are provided by WAWG CAP and Washington Air Search and Rescue. WAWG CAP and WSDOT work closely together on training standards, events, and exercises.

CAP members may train to complete CAP ES aircrew qualifications solely under CAP authority. Those members may fly any CAP mission except actual search in Washington. Members wishing to participate in actual SAR missions must obtain WSDOT qualification. WAWG CAP and WSDOT conduct joint aircrew training that provides members the opportunity to earn qualifications for both CAP and WSDOT concurrently. WSDOT first requires completion of its Orientation Course.

Aircrew School

Aircrew schools are a set of integrated classroom and flight events geared toward efficiently training and qualifying a batch of trainees to uniform standards.
  • Classroom training consists of 2-3 days (depending on the qualification) of lectures and exercises, culminating in a test.
  • Some courses include an additional 1-2 days of technology training on the equipment CAP and WSDOT use.
  • Flight training consists of 2 days of training culminating in a check ride.
The flight exercises are executed the same way an actual SAR operation is run, to indoctrinate trainees in the full group operations environment and allow qualified personnel to practice their proficiency. A full mission base is staffed and all procedures used in real operations are used in the training environment.

2018 Training Cycle

Aircrew schools are typically hosted by WSDOT and staffed largely by CAP instructors and trainees, plus other WSDOT AES qualified staff and WASAR pilots. Due to unforeseen circumstances, no aircrew schools were held in 2017 or planned for 2018. WAWG CAP is attempting to resurrect a Mission Scanner school for 2018. Tentative dates are on the Wing Calendar (see menu at top). If the school is successful, schools for other ES qualifications will be considered.

Prior to holding a Mission Scanner school, WAWG must re-staff all the necessary positions, source all necessary locations and equipment, ensure instructors are proficient and uniform in their teaching standards, and ensure instructional flight crews are proficient in mission flight training operations. Keep up to date on details as they change on the Training Events page.

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