Arnold Parker conceived the idea of Sky Watch three years ago, and it now has over 150 members. The objective is to have volunteer pilots with their own aircraft available and trained in basic air reconnaissance, to help the emergency services. It has already had many successes, particularly in lowly populated areas, with things like reporting forest and moorland fires, locating missing people, and finding stolen vehicles. A useful by-product is the good publicity for general aviation resulting from press coverage of their activities.
RAeC Certificate of Merit