RACQ CareFlight Rescue is making tracks for improved search capabilities thanks to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trust which has helped fund two flight tracking systems.
The $34,000 contribution covers two thirds of the project’s total cost, which will see flight tracking systems installed on the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg based helicopters by January 2014.
The additional equipment means the service’s two helicopters can be tracked using GPS technology, which improves safety for the crew on board and provides enhanced coordination during a search. Emergency services can monitor the area being searched by the CareFlight helicopter and direct other air, ground or sea assets into different zones.
“Last year RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopters conducted more than 140 search and rescue missions across land and sea,” said CareFlight CEO, Ash van de Velde. “The equipment will provide crews with the ability to track their search paths while allowing tasking agencies to fully oversee the operation.”