What We Do

The Civil Air Search and rescue association (CASARA), is a Canada-wide volunteer aviation association dedicated to the provision of air search services to the National Search and Rescue Program and the promotion of SAR Awareness. Our members can be tasked to assist the Canadian Forces in searching for missing aircraft and to assist the RCMP in searching for missing people.

Membership is open to everyone. We have volunteer positions for:

  • Aircraft owner-pilots
  • Spotters
  • Navigtors
  • RPAS pilots
  • RPAS Team members
  • Search Coordinators
  • Safety Officers
  • Trainers
  • Zone Commanders

We provide the required training for all positions except pilot. No prior SAR experience is necessary. Our Association aircraft include pilot-owner aircraft and chartered fixed and rotory winged aircraft.


The CASARA Association is sponsored by the Department of National Defence who provide funding for training and operational rediness.


In return, CASARA NWT:

  • Provides air search support services;

  • Provides suitable aircraft;

  • Provides highly trained, safety-conscious crews to fly as pilots, navigators and spotters on Association aircraft, and as spotters on Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft as required;

  • Participates in SAR Awareness and search and rescue training programs;

  • Provides an insurance package including personal accident and liability coverage;

  • Provides administrative support;

  • Provides reimbursement for aircraft operating expenses based on aircraft type and local fuel costs;

  • Provides reimbursement for reasonable expenses that members may incur.

  • You will benefit from participation in CASARA NWT by receiving training from professionals that could improve your level of airmanship, and which will give you the ability to safely and effectively provide assistance to people in distress.