The Impact of Offshore Oil Operations on East Coast SAR


  1. Corbett, N.
  2. Hunter, C.
Corporate Authors
1 Canadian Air Div, Winnipeg MAN (CAN) Canadian NORAD Region
This Research Note documents a brief delivered to A3 SAR Rdns, CAS and 8 Wing staff, presented in November 2000. The brief summarises the results of CORA efforts directed towards recent issues surrounding the delivery of SAR services on the East coast. Motivated by increasing oil industry helicopter traffic, the level of service offered by the current SAR deployment to St. John's, Newfoundland. This assessment is based on a variety of measures, which include coverage, transit and on-station times as well as monthly and hourly weather conditions. This work was sponsored by A3 SAR Rnds and was prompted by the question of whether dedicated SAR assets should be placed in St. John's, Newfoundland in order to respond to a distress call related to the transiting of personnel to a from the off-shore drilling sites. The study was timely in that CORA had just recently completed a study that addressed the optimal base allocation of SAR assets as it pertained to the new SAR helicopter, CH149 (Cormorant). For a more complete reference on the study, a CORA project report is currently in draft form and should be published early in 2001. It will provide a more comprehensive description of the methodology used, the results produced, and the subsequent conclusions reached.
Report Number
CORA-RN-0005 — Research Note
Date of publication
01 Dec 2000
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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