Welcome to the PEP Air COVID on-line training site

On-line training courses
For the time being we are unable to meet for in-person SAREXs. To give us something to do with our "socially-distanced time" and to get some training underway that will keep us sharp, we've created some training videos and Do-it-yourself on-line courses. Enjoy — and let us know of any errors or any thoughts you have about the courses.

Each of the video courses were originally presented live and if you attended the live presentation you will have already been given credit for attending. But you are certainly encouraged to view the videos another time. Similarly, if you've already finished a DIY course and received credit for it you can receive credit only once for each course.

To receive credit for your training time not already recorded, email your time, course name, your name, and TMMS number to:
trainingcredit@pepairmaps.ca




BC DIY on-line courses
The courses below are do-it-yourself classes. A PDF with information and instructions will download when you click on the link. The download may take a few moments. If the file doesn't open in your browser you will need a PDF viewer such as Adobe's free Acrobat Reader.

Topographic map basics - Steve Van Wagoner
This short exercise is an introduction to topo maps for those not really familiar with these maps, and a refresher for those who are.
Download the course.

Using Survey123 and COPP for damage assessment - Steve VW
In cases of possible or known infrastructure damage from flooding, earthquakes, etc. this is the system we will use to do aerial surveys of the damage. This DIY course will cover use of the system and give you some practice.
Download the course.




Manitoba video courses
CASARA Manitoba has presented several excellent training video courses. Most of the videos are about 1 hour long. Hosted by Colin Bennett, Chief Pilot, CASARA Manitoba, Zone 1.

Mission Planning - Part 1
Mission planning and execution. GOSAR, CSAD, and ForeFlight.
View this video.

Mission Planning - Part 2
Mission planning and execution, part 2. The flight, aircraft deconfliction (let's not bump into each other!), Q&A session.
View this video.

Search Coordination - Part 1
Accepting a JRCC tasking and briefing the search crew.
View this video.

Search Coordination - Part 2
Accepting an RCMP tasking, discussion and Q&A.
View this video.

Crew Resource Management - Part 1
Crew resource management (CRM), keeping the search team functioning safely. Includes analysis of two tragedies.
View this video.

Crew Resource Management - Part 2
Crew resource management. Three scenarios, discussion and Q&A.
View this video.

Hunting ELTs
Using the aural null technique and the LL-16 direction finder.
View this video.

Technology in the Cockpit - Part 1
Sharing audio and data in the cockpit. Setting up and using cockpit WiFi, pairing devices with Bluetooth.
View this video.

Technology in the Cockpit - Part 2
Cockpit audio management, nav/coms., GPS and transponder.
View this video.

Technology in the Cockpit - Part 3
"ForeFlight on the Fly," an introduction to using ForeFlight to plan searches and search patterns. Virtually based in St. John's Newfoundland.
View this video.



BC Video courses
On many devices the videos will play while streaming and you will be able to view them almost immediately. In some cases you may need to wait a few minutes for the video to download.

New Developments and Initiatives in Air SAR - Kym Trask
There are several new developments for CASARA underway, including an updated handbook.
View this video.

Search Coordinator open forum - Kym Trask
An open discussion among search coordinators, piots, and navigators on many aspects of search operations and working with our partners (EMBC, RCMP, GSAR, JRCC, RCMSAR).
View this video.

The CASARA Academy, Space, and Drones in Air SAR - Kym Trask
A discussion of training initiatives for CASARA and the use of space-bassed imagery and drones in SAR. When starting this video, please be patient, the first minute has only audio.
View this video.

Cartographic systems and UTM - Sean Smith and Kym Trask
Geographic coordinate systems such as lattitude and longitude or UTM are methods of locating particular points on a map. The UTM system is commonly used by GSAR and understanding it will help us when assisting GSAR. Below is the link to the recorded video of this course as well as links to PDFs of 2 maps that were referrd to (if you ownload the maps they may end up in your Downloads folder).
View this video.
1:250,000 Vancouver map.
1:50,000 Mission map.

SAR Navigation Part 1 - Kym Trask and Pat McSorely
The first in a two-part series on SAR navigation.
View this video.

SAR Navigation Part 2 - Kym Trask and Pat McSorely
The second in a two-part series on SAR navigation.
View this video.

Meteorology Part 1 - Ken Little and Kym Trask
The first in a two-part series on meteorology, especially as related to aviation and SAR in BC.
View this video.

Meteorology Part 2 - Ken Little and Kym Trask
Second in the two-part series on meteorology, especially as related to aviation and SAR in BC.
View this video.

ELT Homing - air and ground - Kym Trask and Pat McSorely
An important seminar covering many techniques for all ground homing specialists, flight crews, and for those desiring to undertake these important roles.
View this video.

Spotters and Spotting - Kym Trask
This seminar covers much basic spotter knowlege and some information you are unlikely (almost certainly) to have never seen or heard elsewhere.
View this video.

JRCC and PEP Air - Kym Trask, Pat McSorley and Major Howe
This seminar covers many important aspects of the relationship between PEP Air and JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre), Victoria. What does JRCC do, who works there, how do we work with JRCC, etc.
View this video.

JRCC and PEP Air - Kym Trask, Pat McSorley and Major Howe
This seminar covers many important aspects of the relationship between PEP Air and JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre), Victoria. What does JRCC do, who works there, how do we work with JRCC, etc.
View this video.