About Air Operations
The Coast Guard Auxiliary's Air Squadrons (AUXAIR) extend the reach of the both the Coast Guard and the Auxiliary with the use of light aircraft flown by qualified Aircraft Commanders and Air Crew. District 11's operational Area of Responsibility extends along the California Coast from Morro Bay to Mexico, and inland as far east as the New Mexico border.
Unlike other Auxiliary operational programs, AUXAIR is administered on a district level rather than on a flotilla and division basis. AUXAIR aviators around the country have varied aviation backgrounds and many have prior military experience.
AUXAIR aviators volunteer their aircraft for use as facilities, just as surface operators volunteer their boats. All Auxiliary aircraft meet strict U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Aviation Administration requirements. These aircraft are inspected annually per the Commandants instruction.
- Search and Rescue
- Aids to navigation verification
- Reconnaissance and air-to-surface photography
- Ports, waterways, and coastal security
- Pollution response (environmental protection)
- Logistical transport.
News & Notices
AIR OBSERVERS NOW SUBJECT TO SAME MEDICAL SCREENING AS AIR CREWMEMBERS
Effective with ALAUX 037/10 issued 17 September 2010, and in order to increase overall program safety and standardize medical requirements, all Auxiliary air observers are required to meet the same medical screening requirements as Auxiliary air crewmen. Air observer medical screening is now included as a task for qualification and currency maintenance purposes, and it must be completed prior to performing any swim task.
Qualified air observers and trainees must meet this medical screening requirement by 01 January 2011. Proof of medical screening already performed in 2009 and 2010 is acceptable to initially meet this requirement. The new Flight Crew Medical Screening document AV-10-1 dated 16 SEP 10 and ANSC 7042A revised 05/2010 updates all flight crew medical requirements. These documents may be found in the Job Aid Kit - AUXAIR, on this site.