CASARA Lethbridge had the opportunity to have a booth at the Lethbridge Air Show this last weekend. It was a great show Friday afternoon and evening and another terrific show on Saturday. We had the chance to speak to a lot of pilots and meet the general public in a substantial way. We conducted our Sar Awareness Pilot Safety Survey and had the best results to date. When we started this survey in Cardston, the result was 56% of the pilots having a better than 5 out of 10 result. At Vulcan the result moved up to 69%, but the Lethbridge Air Show with the largest sampling to date had a 94% result. I am not sure exactly how to interrupt this information but it appears that the more concentrated the flying community the better the result. This is very interesting. Lethbridge has a very active flying club with the Lethbridge Sport Flyers, there is the excellent general aviation flight instructors at Roland Morton’s, Excel Flight Training and ultralight flight instruction with Jim Laycock at the Lethbridge Adventure flying center. It is very possible that these factors play a big role in safe flying practises.
CASARA Lethbridge sent two airplane crews to Vulcan's annual fly in breakfast on Sunday 19 Jul 15. It was a great day, with a terrific breakfast and enjoyed another great opportunity to meet many more pilots from Southern Alberta. Our crews were able to speak to 16 pilots and we again did our pilot SAR Awareness Safety survey. The results were impressive. We had 2 pilots with a perfect 10 out of 10 score. We gave Geoff, a pilot from Lethbridge, a CASARA portfolio and a large survival blanket. The second perfect score was our own Al Blakely, Zone 1's chief pilot. Way to go Al. Your set a good example for us all. Over all we had 99% of the pilots surveyed with a better than 50% result on the survey. You can check out more information about our SAR Awareness program by clicking "more" above and then "sar awareness". CASARA Zone 1 will have a full display at the Lethbridge International Air Show this coming weekend and we hope to see you there. Stop by our tent beside Excel Flight Training, who by the way, is our airplane service provider.
We had a very successful training exercise on Sat 18 Jul 15. We followed a route from Lethbridge to Vulcan to Pincher Creek, then back to Lethbridge. We had two aircraft and a ground crew. The first leg both aircraft did a track crawl. The second leg saw one aircraft do a contour search and the second one a creeping line ahead. Finally on the third leg, one aircraft did a sector search and the other did a track crawl. They both also did an aural null on an ELT. Also congratulations to Brandon for qualifying as a Navigator. Way to go Brandon.