Welcome to Mission Scanner Training!


This Guide focuses primarily on the initial Aircrew position of Mission Scanner.  Your Delta Flight Commander, will provide assistance and guidance for a sucessful completion of this portion of your training.


The Scanner’s primary mission role is effective visual search. Scanning is a method of looking for downed aircraft (or other objects) that makes it possible to search an assigned area in a systematic way. Scanners are those people trained in these methods and whose primary responsibility is to maintain constant eye contact with the ground while flying over the search area. This responsibility makes the Scanner a key member of each aircrew.


The pre-requisites to begin your training are:

1) Be at least 18 years of age
2) Complete HCS Tango Flight Training
3) Complete HCS Echo Flight Training (up to Trainee status in at least one rating)
4) Complete GES (General Emergency Services Training)
5) Secure approval from your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


To begin your initial training, go to the National Emergency Services Website (NESA).  You will see that that there are two sections:

  • Mission Aircrew Reference Text
  • Mission Aircrew Slide Presentations.

Under Mission Aircrew Reference Text, you will need to study:

Under Mission Aircrew Slide Presentations, you will need to review the following material under the Basic School:


The link for the NESA site: http://www.nesa.cap.gov/mascurr.htm


In addition to the above, there is a Mission Aircrew Task Guide which speaks to the specific tasks each aircrew member will be evaulated on.  Since this Task Guide is rather large and covers all aircrew positions, the sections pertaining to Mission Scanner have been provided below which should make your learning easier.


As you study this material, you should have your SQTR (Specialty Qualification Training Record) for Mission Scanner readily available.  Credit for each tasking requires approval from an approved MA Wing Evaulator.  We are fortunate at Hanscom in that we have a number of members authorized as evaluators.   


Time will be alloted at each meeting so that those members needing Evaluator “sign offs” will be able to do so. 


While not a specific requirement, there are two unique home study courses and an exam which will further enhance and test your Mission Scanner Training.


Upon completion of this exam, you should provide written results to your Delta Flight Commander. 

Once you have the Evaluator sign offs for the Familiarization and Preparatory Training tasks completed on your SQTR, submit a copy to your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Your status will be changed to Mission Scanner Trainee which will allow you to begin your Advanced (hands on) Training.


While the Familiarization and Preparatory portion of this course is mainly designed as a self study guide, it is important that you have a full understanding of the tasks you are being evaluated on.  We are a team at Hanscom and if you require hands on (in-class) training, we are prepared to help you.  Do not hesitate to ask and with some advance notice, we will incorporate this into a meeting night for all to learn or get refreshed. 



Your Advanced Training will most likely take place in one of the squadron aircraft.  As such, you will need to be in uniform.  Much like in the Familiarization and Preparatory Training portion of this program, there is a Task Guide to help you understand and accomplish the Tasks required under the Advanced Training. 

Mission Scanner Trainee Task Guide

Here you will work one on one with Major McGoldrick (or his assignee) to complete the Evaulator sign offs required in this section. 



A minimum of 2 missions is required in order to secure full Mission Scanner status.  Your Advanced Training can be done during real missions, search and rescue (SAREX) practice exercises or on your own.  The most important aspect to keep in mind is that 2 missions DOES NOT automatically make a person qualified.  It is quite possible that it will take several missions (real or practice) to become qualified.  Safety and Proficiency in the tasks of a Mission Scanner is what you should be striving for (not 2 missions) before requesting qualification.


Once all takings and missions have have been entered onto to your SQTR, your Squadron Commander will submit for Approval. 


Qualifications are granted at the Wing level.