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Day 1

Lt. Col Bob Russell, (AFRCC), Mr. Chris O'Connors (NOAA) and Cdr. Mark Turner (USCG) present an overview of the National Search and Rescue System.

Vice Chairman Hart listens to a presentation by Cdr. Mark Turner about the USCG's search and rescue capabilities.

NTSB Board with members of the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed the National Search and Rescue System.

NTSB Board Members with the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed the National Search and Rescue Policy.

Member Robert Sumwalt asks questions during the GA Search and Rescue forum.

Panelists Jeffrey Smith (FAA), Jeff Tobias (FCC), and Melissa Rudinger (AOPA) discuss National SAR Policy.

Forum panelist Mark Eggeman (State SAR Coordinators Council) fields questions from NTSB staff regarding search and rescue operational issues.

NTSB investigator Jason Fedok questions SAR forum panelists.

Forum panelist Capt. Roy Porter (Air Force Rescue and Coordination Center) answers questions from NTSB staff regarding search and rescue operational issues.

NTSB Board Members with the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed Search and Rescue Operational Issues.

Forum panel discusses Search and Rescue Technical Issues.

Audience members at the NTSB General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Attendees at GA Search and Rescue Forum taking notes.

Attendee at GA Search and Rescue Forum taking notes.

Forum panel discusses Search and Rescue Technical Issues.

NTSB Board during the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

NTSB Board Members with the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed Search and Rescue Technical Issues.

 

Day 2

NTSB investigators during day 2 of the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Attendees listen to presentations during the second day of the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Chairman Hersman opens the second day of the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Emerging Technologies panel members Bob Bennett (Globalstar) and Jerry Lee (Spidertracks) during the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Emerging Technologies panel member John Marinho (CTIA - The Wireless Association) gives a presentation during the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

NTSB Board with members of the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed the Emerging Technologies.

The Future of General Aviation Search and Rescue panel.

Future of GA SAR panel member Lt. Col Bob Russell (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center) during the General Aviation Search and Rescue forum.

Future of GA SAR panel member Doug Ritter answers questions during the forum.

NTSB Board with members of the GA Search and Rescue panel which discussed the Future of General Aviation Search and Rescue.

 

WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board today announced that it will hold a forum focused on general aviation search and rescue operations on July 17 and 18, 2012. In the United States, following the crash of a general aviation airplane, inland searches for the aircraft are conducted by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, who are supported by numerous Federal, state, local, and volunteer organizations.

The forum will concentrate on examining the regulations, policies, and procedures at a Federal level and serve as a platform to facilitate dialog between search organizations, technology manufacturers, and industry groups on the issues currently impacting the general aviation community. Additionally, the forum will spend a second day discussing emerging technologies and how they may shape the future of general aviation search and rescue.

The two-day forum is being chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman and all five Board Members will participate. Panelists participating in the forum will represent government and industry.

"Search and rescue can often mean the difference between life and death," said Chairman Hersman. "Unfortunately, every year we see delays in the detection and location of crashed aircraft due to outdated equipment and a failure to coordinate information and assets."

The NTSB has issued more than two dozen safety recommendations on search and rescue, conducted safety studies addressing ways to improve search and rescue operations and even included general aviation safety on the Most Wanted List of transportation improvements.

A detailed agenda and list of participants will be released closer to the date of the event.

NTSB public events are also streamed live via webcast. Webcasts are archived for a period of three months from the time of the meeting. Webcast archives are generally available by the end of the day following the Forum.