Information on Aux Air

Welcome to Aux Air

Fri, 22 Jan 16   Posted by: Timothy Czeisel

Beginner AuxAir Info 

AUXAIR participates in many Coast Guard missions including:

Search and Rescue,
Waterways and Coastal Security,
Marine Safety,
Pollution Response,
Aids to Navigation, and
Ice Reconnaissance.

Getting Qualified for Surface, Air and/or TeleCommunications
How do I get Qualified?

So your are looking to become more active on the Operations area but not quite sure where to start. Well you have come to the right place. Each area (Surface Operations, AUXAIR, and Telecommunications) all have their own specific requirements for certification and qualification. They may also have periodic currency maintenance requirements to remain qualified, similar to continuing education credits needed in some professional organizations.

This page will provide information and links to documents that explain how to get qualified in the various programs in the Department of Response for Surface, Air and Communications (fixed Land and Mobile units) operational activities areas.

Qualification Requirements for All Programs
The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized, on-scene, all-hazards incident management approach that:

Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and functional agencies, both public and private.
Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources.
Auxiliary members seeking to be qualified in an Auxiliary Operational Program, including Surface Operations, Air Operations, Fixed / Mobile Radio Facility Operators, must complete specific ICS courses. See the attached document for details.

Air Operations Qualification Information
The world of Aviation is exciting, fast paced and demanding. It is also potentially very dangerous. The most important aspect of the AUXAIR program is flight safety. To learn more about qualifying in this exciting program select this link.

Surface Operations Qualification Information
The Surface Operations staff holds regular training workshops and activities to keep all Coxswain, Boat Crew, and PWO {Personal Water Craft Operators) members current on issues involving program administration, operational skills, procedures and safety. As with the Air program, safety is a key component of this training. To learn more about how to qualify in the various surface operations roles click on this link.

Radio Facility Operators (Fixed and Mobile) Qualification Information
To become involved in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Telecommunications program, applicants must become certified as Telecommunications Operators (TCO). All operators of fixed land and land mobile radios must be certified as TCO, except for those members who completed AUXCOM prior to 1 August 2008. Additional details of the qualification requirements for TCO can be found at this link.

To become involved in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary High Frequency (HF) Program applicant must first be qualified as a Telecommunications Operator (TCO) or have completed AUXCOM prior to 1 August 2008. Prior HF communications experience, either through commercial, military, and or amateur radio experience, will also prove helpful but is not required. Additional details of qualifications for the HF program are at this link.

Source Link (USCGAUXINFO) 

How to get involved with Aux Air

Wed, 10 Feb 16   Posted by: Timothy Czeisel

Want to get involved with Aux Air:

Here are some basic requirements (Subject to change) 

1st Level -- Air Observer

Be a Basically Qualified member
Successfully pass the core elements of an approved boating course.
Score 90% on the open book Observer Exam
Prior to first flight as an "Observer Trainee", demonstrate ability to swim 50 yards (may wear an inflatable PFD)
Under Orders, participate as an "Observer Trainee" in missions totaling 10 hours, and
Successfully complete all items on the Observer Check List. (Each After Action Rpt. should include all observer tasks completed on that mission)
Successfully pass the AUXCOM specialty course. Top Of This Page
2nd Level - Air Crew

Hold a current FAA 3rd Class Medical or physician's equivalent
Complete Air Crew training syllabus

Complete area familiarity training
Pilot designations are determined by flight experience and hours, in addition to compliance with the qualifications noted below.

3rd Level - Co-pilot

Have QUALIFIED and flown under orders, at least two missions as an Observer.

Score 90% on the open book Pilots Exam.
Hold a valid Pilots Certificate, private or higher

Hold a current FAA Medical Certificate, 3rd class or higher.
Have properly logged 200 PIC flight hrs. (100 hrs. in aircraft of the same class)

Satisfactorily complete an Auxiliary Flight Check with an Auxiliary Flight Examiner.
Annually fly under orders as PIC &/or Co-pilot, 6 missions totaling at least 12 hours.Top Of This Page
4th Level - First Pilot

Satisfy all requirements for Co-pilot
Have properly logged 500 PIC flight hrs.
Complete a SAR Procedures Flight Check with an Auxiliary Flight Examiner
Annually fly under orders as PIC, 6 missions totaling at least 12 hours.
5th Level - Aircraft Commander

Satisfy all requirements for First Pilot
Have properly logged 1000 Pilot In Command (PIC) flight hrs.
Hold an FAA Instrument Rating & Maintain Instrument Currency
Annually fly under orders as PIC, 6 missions totaling at least 12 hours.How to become involved with Aux Air
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Always wanted to fly, but can't afford itů The Coast Guard Auxiliary can get you in the Air!

Tue, 16 Feb 16   Posted by: Timothy Czeisel
Always wanted to fly, but can't afford it…
The Coast Guard Auxiliary can get you in the Air!

(By Wayne Spivak) 

 A story of an Auxiliarist's mission to get in the air: 

Wayne even goes into the cost of going from Observer to Pilot.