Hampshire Air Search – Training Day 21st January
Meridian TV and Wave 105 radio both covered this training day, with Merdian leading their 6 o'clock evening news programme with a four-minute piece which included air-to-air filming and a good exposition of the capabilities Air Search offers. Meridian TV News report is here, Wave 105 Radio News, with audio and video here.
The Hampshire Squadron of Air Search http://airsearch.co.uk formed on the 23rd September 2010 at Daedalus Airfield, to provide free additional air search capability to the emergency services.
The squadron has since held two ground training days, at Old Sarum and Draycott Farm. Training flights involving search exercises will commence in December and January, ahead of the first operational season
The Squadron has established or is establishing working relationships with Hampshire County Council Emergency Planning, Hampshire RFFS, MCA/CHC Helicopters, and other volunteer organsiations in the area such as RNLI and ALSAR.
Aircraft participating so far are a PA38 Tomahawk and Skyranger (based at Lee-On-Solent) and elsewhere in Hampshire, Zenair, Jabiru, Cessna 182, Avsud Mistral and others.. Air Search is growing nationally and becoming more widely recognised by local and national government organisations, including the Olympic Organising Committee.