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Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay aircrews to conduct annual evaluation

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay aircrews are scheduled to undergo annual standardization training and evaluations April 16 through April 27 in the Humboldt Bay area.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) said flight-standardization instructors from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama, arrived Monday to evaluate aircrew flight proficiency and procedures.

These evaluations will cause an increase in daily flights and an increase in helicopter traffic at Murray Airfield in Eureka, Samoa Airfield and Arcata Airport over the next two weeks, officials said.

The Coast Guard requires annual evaluations to test pilot and aircrew performance during search-and-rescue cases and reactions to in-flight emergencies. The evaluators will ensure that procedures are being performed to the Coast Guard's standards. These annual evaluations help maintain unit readiness to respond to missions and emergencies safely and effectively.

Coast Guard emergency response capability will not be affected. officials said. Questions can be directed to the Sector Humboldt Bay Public Affairs Officer at 707-839-6015.

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