Stay Vigilant and Watch For Missing Aircraft (B.C.)
Great article put together by the B.C. General Aviation Association.
Great article put together by the B.C. General Aviation Association.
C-FESN has been located. A BC Ambulance Helicopter Pilot who flies the Rogers Pass 3 times per week has located the crash site of the missing Mooney. The site is approximately 200 meters north of Highway 1 near the summit of the Rogers Pass.
Thank you to all our members who worked so hard to locate this missing Aircraft. We along with the family can now put closure to this event.
TMMS is here and it’s all we have to work with!
I like it. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect but it is already better than it was.
It sorts names alphabetically by FIRST name. That’s on the “Better Get That Fixed” list but you’re going to have to help me by providing first names in the paperwork. As a trade-off, the membership numbers are much less important in normal operations/paperwork.
We’ve lost the OSR. Part of that loss is made up by the Certified / Current Report and the Training Report but neither of them tell you what the Member needs without a bit of hassle. It’s on the BGTF list.
There’s more but not as much as you’d expect from a new program. Do you remember the problems when we got CMS? It was much worse!
I get more practice with TMMS than you do so please let me know what problems you are having. If I can’t help you, I know who can,
860 20 St SE
Salmon Arm, BC
A simulated aircrash was done by the Cranbrook Air Cadets and the Local PEP Air – CASARA unit spotted them from the air. A well rounded SAREX by both parties. Well Done!
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PEP Air/JRCC Mileage/Meal Rates Effective April 1, 2018
PEP Tasking Rates:
Meals $15.00 per meal
Training Meal Rate:
$12.00 per person per day.
For further info on rates, please refer to Provincial Policy Manual F-010 on the WEB Site or in Documents in ForeFlight.
Task Numbers dictate the amounts claimable:
Six digit Task Numbers (180199) are from EMBC.
For EMBC tasks you can claim $15.00 for every three hours on task starting after four hours and a maximum of four times per 24-hour period. Mileage is at the EMBC rate.
Training Tasks are designated by an EMBC six-digit task number followed by letters and maybe a combination of letters and numbers (180299-4-X / 180199AB / 180199C-6).
Claims for training are restricted to a maximum of $12.00 per member per day supported by receipts. Mileage is restricted to target/ELT placement at CASARA rates unless approved by the ZC.
JRCC is the only other Agency we can work for. When we work for JRCC we still need the six-digit EMBC number plus, we need the JRCC case numbers which will be 3-5 digits and may be in the format V2018-00315. In this case, the “V” indicates Victoria JRCC, the “2018” is the year, and the “00315” or “315” is the sequential number of this case in Victoria JRCC.
Reimbursement for JRCC tasks (cases) is the CASARA rate.
The TMMS Software to replace the CMS software is finally picking up momentum. There is still a lot of work to do ( mostly in the training ) as a lot of the bugs have been resolved and the system seems almost ready for rollout. The best part is that the programmers have been able to integrate the CMS database into the new system ( no easy task ) and we should be able to keep CMS up to date until we are ready to roll over, which will give us a completely up to date system after the rollover.
One of the biggest issues I have seen is that the TMMS software is much more intuitive, and gives everyone better visibility to our inventories, certifications and training scheduling, not to mention real time mission management capabilities. This is an issue that makes the short coming of CMS quite glaring, as we can now keep track of our inventories ( which have been sorely neglected at the zone level due to access issues) and certification verifications that were not really following the National Policy Manuals.
The good definately out weighs the bad, and I suggest all members log on and take a look. If you are an admin or an area deputy or Zone Commander, you should have all access to events, members and all the admin access required to to maintain your zone certifications and planning which are a requirement of our contribution agreement with the DND.
I urge you all to log in and take a look, at :
Log in using your CMS access. If you had a user ID, use your CMS number and your password.
I will be out of the country from March 31st to April 19th. ( family holiday ) and I hope to put together some workshops upon my return, and some further online training.
Deputy Director (BC)
Vernon PEP Air and Flying Club takes Grand Champion Trophy at the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade, our crews in Vernon put together the tow truck for the Vernon Flying Club Float and together they won the award. Many area members worked very hard to get this float put together. There were estimated to be 10,000 people viewing the parade. Now this is SAR Awareness and Outreach at it’s best. Well done to all who were involved with this event.
British Columbia is an incredible province to visit or call home. With so much variety and opportunity comes a need for preparedness at the personal and community level, especially along the coast.
One such hazard to prepare for is Tsunami. Did you know that Search and Rescue volunteers will likely be requested to assist in the response to a damaging Tsunami in B.C.? Much like the Wildfires last summer there are a number of roles that the volunteers might assist with including evacuations, locating missing persons, and rescuing stranded people.
Similar to the information within the AdventureSmart.ca program for safety in the outdoors there are steps you can take to be safe should a Tsunami occur, reducing the need for rescue.
-know the risk; is your home or place of work within a Tsunami Zone? Check out the notification zones on the Emergency Management B.C. website below, know the zone so that if a Tsunami alert is issued you know whether it applies to you. Check with your local authority, many have detailed maps showing areas which could be impacted.
-Have a plan; where would you go should a Tsunami warning be issued for your area or you feel a strong earthquake? Remember, go to high ground after strong sustained shaking occurs, do not wait for a warning as there may not be enough time for one to be issued. This is important regardless of which zone you are in, Tsunamis are possible even in areas not at high risk from a off shore earthquake. How will you get to high ground? Driving is not always an option, traffic may block roads or roads maybe damaged; think about where you can get to by foot.
-Keep a emergency kit; having a large kit at home with all the essentials to keep you and your loved ones well for at least 3 days is great, how about a ‘grab and go’ pack that you can keep handy to take with you if you have to evacuate? The essentials are the same for outdoor safety, making a pack multi-use!
For more information on being Tsunami Smart: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/embc/preparedbc/2015_earthquake_tsunami_smartmanual_v07.pdf http://coastsmart.ca/hazards/tsunami/
For information on Tsunami risk zones and levels of Tsunami Alerts: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/tsunamis
For more information on outdoor safety: www.adventuresmart.ca
For more information on Search and Rescue: www.bcsara.com , www.embc-air.org , www.rcmsar.com