3/14/2019 1:00:00 PM SAREX Conducted At The Charlotte County Composite Squadron
The Charlotte County Composite Squadron conducted a SAREX (Search and Rescue Exercise) during the month of February. The practice exercise is a critical component of one of the Civil Air Patrol’s missions – Search and Rescue. In total during the February exercise, seven air sorties and two ground crews were deployed, involving senior members and cadets. Both missions were designed to practice communications and skills in searching for aircraft locator beacons, based on fictitious downed aircraft in wooded areas around Punta Gorda Airport. Components include visual search pattern practice looking for simulated downed aircraft and boating vessels in distress; electronic searches for emergency locator transmitter signals both from the air and on the ground; and ensuring the aerial photographers geo-tag the locations. Mission briefing included George Noren Aerial Photographer, Major Richard Morrell Mission Pilot and 2nd Lt Beverly Mautner.