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Criticism about CFB search and rescue helicopters’ are unfounded, said the unit’s officer Lt. Col. Joel

According to a National Defence study filed in 2009, it be risky for the air force and Roy’s at 424 Search and Rescue squadron to using the Griffon CH-416 to conduct missions in Central

The review by the chief of air force cites limitations of the CH-146 a military version of the Bell 412 chopper that was pressed service in 2005 at 8 Wing claiming it is too small and lacks the to reach wilderness sites in Ontario and Quebec without

The helicopter’s capabilities are challenged employed as a front-line rescue and its use constitutes a risk, states the

The air force intends to keep the Griffon in Trenton until at 2014, said Roy. I was of the study long before the got hands on it. To be honest I don’t it reflects the reality regarding the use of the by our squadron here in Trenton.

of all, the 424 works as part of a and by definition our work his risky, not the we fly. The Griffon is never we need the staff to operate it and sure it’s safe and maintained before we head out on a The nature of our work is based on response versus the operational we cover, and that’s where the gets its limitations.

The search and rescue zone for CFB 424 search and rescue technicians is the largest in Canada, spanning Quebec to the high Arctic and the provinces.

With a flight-range reaching near 200 kilometres a full load of fuel on the study states the Griffon have to hip-hop from stop to refueling stop on missions.

Having to stop for gas increases the time to an incident site, and the of time the helicopter can remain on the to perform rescue tasks, the 20-page censored report.

It is that the Griffon doesn’t us to reach northern and remote part of of our operational zone, but we put in place some ways of any late responding times due to our limitations on fuel capacity, and space.

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Roy said the Trenton Griffon fleet, which is backed up by a specially-configured C-130 could soon be refueled on mission by using the transport

We are currently looking at the possibility of our Herc to refuel our Griffons we know we will be away for a period of time and/or to remote locations, said The idea by using the Herc be to find a reasonably long in the given location that allow us to land both and refuel the Griffon right the Herc.

The other option be to load fuel barrels the Herc and leave them at strategic locations near the where we are conducting a mission. put in place, these two options definitely help us reaching locations as well as saving time with refueling.

The study also questioned the that the Griffon has no GPS, no radar, and no flotation equipment on

It’s true that our aren’t equipped with the GPS systems, but we are in the process of getting new asset tracker systems, Roy. We don’t have a system on board either, but we use an online radar system provides us with basically the information. Regarding the flotation it is true that the Griffon equipped with such but it’s important to understand my crews are professionally trained to in case of a crash aboard the in remote locations.

We are aware of the Griffon’s limitations and our are trained in order to operate those limitations.

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