The Provincial Emergency Program Air or PEP Air
Is a BC-wide volunteer aviation association dedicated to the promotion of Aviation Safety, 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 to those who wish to receive training as spotters and navigators. Members receive training in fields such as aviation safety, meteorology, survival awareness search techniques and procedures.
PEP AIR augments Canadian Forces (CF) primary resources during actual SAR missions and often assume personal risk in challenging environments and adverse weather….to help those in distress.
Currently, PEP AIR has over 100 aircraft that are crewed by more than 900 pilots, spotters and navigators. PEP AIR volunteers have given more than 25,000 hours of their time in volunteering in the last year alone.
PEP AIR is an associate member of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, or CASARA, and work closely with 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron with the Canadian Forces located at 19 Wing, Comox, BC.