Hercules, air drops and parachutes all part of training, says air force
Resolute Bay, Pond Inlet, Sanirajak sites of search-and-rescue exercise this week
Canadian Armed Forces search-and-rescue exercises will take place near three Nunavut communities this week.
The training will take place near Resolute Bay, Pond Inlet and Sanirajak from Tuesday to Friday, said Capt. Graeme Scott of the Royal Canadian Air Force in a media release.
He said the exercises will consist of bundle drops, parachuting and spotter training, and will involve a CC-130H Hercules aircraft from 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron and local spotters from the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.
“All flights will have local CASARA members onboard and will use their expert knowledge of the land to avoid training or flying over protected areas,” Scott said.
“This type of exercise helps prepare our teams to respond to distress calls that often save lives. Training for these missions is essential for maintaining the skill of aircrews, so they are ready to safely execute their missions alongside search and rescue partners.”
Scott advised people living in areas where the air force will be training that some aircraft in operation this week are larger than many passenger airplanes and may appear to be flying lower than they actually are.
Beautiful aircraft, I salute! 😉