Membership Stories

View our stories, featuring some of the most honourable members of CASARA. If you would like to see someone mentioned, please contact us here!

Ron Guenther | 32 Years of Search and Rescue


When Guenther first heard about CASARA he was gaining experience as a general aviation pilot. He had read about CASARA in a COPA magazine, then attended a Transport Canada seminar, where a CASARA presentation was made. His interest resulted in him joining the CASARA Niagara Zone, based at CYSN, where he first trained as a spotter, then as a navigato...

Charles "Chuck" Pachal | 50 Years in CASARA


Charles “Chuck” Pachal is a man who has dedicated a great portion of his life to the advancement of civil and military aviation search and rescue. His efforts in search and rescue has positively impacted British Columbia to all across Canada. Chuck joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1942, where he served in WWII. After 27 years, he retired his se...

Jim Weston | 35 Years in CASARA NB


Jim and son Chayce in their Cherokee, which has been in the Weston family for 41 years

CASARA’s anniversary provides an opportunity to recognize members with 35 years of continuous service. Jim Weston of Fredericton is one. At 18 he was eager to put his PPC and love of flight to use. When asked why CASARA? he replied “I enjoy everything aviation and CASA...