Aeronautical Search and  Rescue Operations

Aeronautical Search and Rescue Operations

Standardized Training Package


The course provides Search and Rescue Mission Coordinators (SMC) with the competencies required to carry out SMC function effectively and efficiency in accordance with ICAO Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs).

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Determine aircraft emergency phase
  • Plot the track of intercept aircraft
  • Determine datum of aircraft   
  • Prepare SAR action plan
  • Allocate resources to search area
  • Follow up SAR operations progress
  • Evaluate search and rescue operations outcome 


  • Module 0: Introduction
  • Module 1: Aircraft Emergency Phase
  • Module 2: Plotting of Aircraft Interception
  • Module 3: Determine Datum of Aircraft
  • Module 4: Prepare SAR Action Plan
  • Module 5: Allocate Resources to Search Area
  • Module 6: Follow up SAR Operations Progress
  • Module 7: Evaluate SAR Operations Outcome

Primary Target Population

Mainly Civil Air Traffic Control Officers, Military Air Traffic Control Officers and Navy Operations Officers

Entry Requirements

Civil Air Traffic Control Officers should have at least 5 years of experience as air traffic controllers.

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Course Info
Language: English
Delivery Mode: Instructor-led (In-person)
Duration: 15 Days / 90 Hours
Level: Technical