POLITICS

Newfoundland wants search and rescue help but has not used volunteer pilots

05/08/2012 02:54 EDT | Updated 07/08/2012 05:12 EDT
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador wants more search and rescue support but hasn't reached a deal in 20 years of talks with a group of volunteer pilots that works almost everywhere else in Canada.

Yukon is the only other region that doesn't use the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

Association president John Davidson says another meeting with provincial officials is planned in June, but it's been frustrating to never reach a deal.

He says workers compensation has been an issue because other provinces pay 25 per cent of coverage to use the professionally trained pilots and spotters.

Davidson says the group could have helped in the search last January for 14-year-old Burton Winters who died in Labrador after getting lost while snowmobiling.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale says private planes don't have the same ability as military aircraft to fly at night or in poor weather.