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The United States Coast Guard has long been involved with aviation. Beginning in 1915, the Coast Guard utilized the Curtis flying boat as the test of whether aviation was practical for Search and Rescue. Today, aviation is a major component of the Coast Guard Search and Rescue mission.  In 2020 our aviators flew 421 missions, amassing nearly 750 air-hours.

AUXAIR participates in many Coast Guard missions including:

  •   Search and Rescue,
  •   Ports,  Waterways and Coastal Security,
  •   Marine Safety,
  •   Pollution Response, and
  •   Aids to Navigation

It also conducts Logistic Transport Missions. AUXAIR is an integral part of the Coast Guard search and rescue team and its homeland security forces.

Auxiliary members who have an interest in becoming aircrew or who currently have a private pilot's license volunteer their time and planes to assist the regular Coast Guard just like other members volunteer their boats and boating skills to assist the regular Coast Guard in their Life Saving mission.

USCG Auxiliary Air Operations have been in the Hawaiian islands for many years and we currently have several aircraft available for a variety of missions requested by USCG Sector Honolulu via the Coast Guard Air Station at Barbers Point, Oahu.

Do you already own a plane, or are you a trained Pilot or are you just interested in becoming an Air Observer or Aircrew? Check with your Flotilla Commander to get involved in the USCG Aux Air Program!

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