What We Do

Since 1986, we're ready to respond to any situation

The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), is a Canada-wide volunteer aviation association dedicated to the promotion of SAR awareness, and to the provision of air search support services to the National Search and Rescue Program. Membership is open to aircraft owners and pilots, as well as those who wish to receive training as spotters and navigators. Since 1986, we have provided air search support services in downed aircraft, recently more humanitarian efforts, and have promoted Canada’s Search and Rescue Program across Canada. Our volunteers, are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist those in need of search and rescue.

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The CASARA Association is sponsored by the Department of National Defence who provide:

  • Training in fields such as SAR Awareness, meteorology, survival awareness and search techniques and procedures.

In return, the Association:

  • Participates in SAR awareness and search and rescue training programs;

  • Provides air search support services;

  • Provides suitable aircraft;

  • Provides highly trained, safety-conscious crews to fly as pilots, navigators, and spotters on association aircraft and as spotters on Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft as required;

  • Provides an insurance package including personal accident and liability coverage;

  • Provides extended medical/dental insurance coverage for CASARA members performing their duties on behalf of CASARA;

  • Provides administrative support;

  • Provides reimbursement for aircraft operating expenses based on aircraft type and local fuel costs;

  • Provides reimbursement for reasonable expenses that members may incur.

  • You will benefit from participation in CASARA by receiving training from professionals that could improve your level of airmanship, and which will give you the ability to safely and effectively provide assistance to people in distress.