Channel Islands Air Search
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AGC Membership No. 53
Guernsey Registered Charity number CH040 *
*The Guernsey Registry is responsible for administration of the registers of charities and non-profit organisations. The number indicated above was originally issued to the charity, but this is not an indication that registration is up to date. Please see www.guernseyregistry.com/charities for a current list of registered organisations
Description Aims and Objectives
A voluntary service providing a rapid response airborne search and rescue service in Channel Island waters. The Service operates a 24 hour, 365 day basis in all weathers and provides service to the rescue centres of the Channel Islands, the French coast and, on occasions, the English Coastguards.
The service's Islander aircraft operates in conjunction with Lifeboats, Military helicopters and other rescue craft. It is equipped with search radar, night vision, smoke floats, radio homing and loud hailer system, and an air droppable life raft.
Organisation and Management
The service’s aircraft is operated by a volunteer crew. It is managed by a Board of Trustees. The aircraft is based at Guernsey airport where it occupies its own purpose built hangar. It is believed that this service is unique within Europe, possibly the World.
The service is funded by voluntary donations, fund-raising being undertaken by the Guernsey Friends of Air Search. Maintenance and operation of the service’s Islander aircraft costs about £225,000 per year.
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