Recent U.S. National Grid (USNG) training for Florida first responders had aviation integration as one of its points of focus. Reports indicate aircrew were able to easily learn the system, and quickly appreciated the value of USNG when working with Search and Rescue (SAR) and medevac personnel on the ground. Story below:
(Ocala Star Banner, May 21, 2014)
Comment: According to the National Search and Rescue Committee's Land Search and Rescue Addendum to the National Search and Rescue Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, both ground and aviation personnel need to be conversant in USNG in order to be properly trained and effective SAR responders (see page 4-51). However, due to expense, aviation units are seldom brought into training efforts. So big kudos to organizers of this event for making that happen - way to go!