Hats Off to the 863rd - First Training Mission Complete - Huzzah!

What a great way to start off the new year! Rick (PPG Gorilla) Davies and his merry band of Sky Pirates carried out their first training exercise to rescue "Pirate Baby", the newest member of the team. They made several discoveries that will add to the overall knowledge base for Airborne Search And Rescue effectiveness.

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863rd ASAR Squadron "Sky Pirates"

They clearly had a lot of fun while at the same time forming an idea of the areas where things can improve. In recording the event, they gave us all a great idea about what the ASAR sport is all about, and yes, it is a sport. Now having established a baseline they are going for their personal best. Rick goes over several things in his mission debriefing that will make this game better, so this is a video well worth watching. One of the great things about paramotor flying is that it is relatively easy to record events which gives us a ton of feedback for others to learn from.

So all you wannabe ASAR teams out there, get excited and get started. The gauntlet has been thrown down by the best and it's "Game On!" If it is too cold or messy to fly in your neck of the woods, now is the time to form up and gear up and run some dry drills. Come spring, I expect the competition to be fierce!

I can see a day when each team has a training area and invites competing teams to beat their best rescue time. Things to look forward to.

"What do they do?"

"Save lives!"

"How do they do it!"


"863rd Sky Pirates - Huzzah!"

Please feel free to comment or ask questions below. Or get off your butt and form an ASAR team!

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