The Aero Squadron is a volunteer element of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. First organized by Jack Crawford in September 1941, it provided the first airborne search and rescue capability within the County.

Today, utilizing their unique knowledge, flying skills and aerial observation, members continue to dedicate their personal time and aircraft in support of vital community services. Aero Squadron pilots may be dispatched to provide search capability for missing or overdue persons, vehicles, watercraft and aircraft; ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitter) activation; physical disaster response and homeland security patrols, as the Sheriff may direct.

Other missions include airborne communications link in support of County Search and Rescue teams, Red Flag fire patrol, and administrative flights for federal, state and county government personnel.


Robin Gauss February 28, 1947 – February 17, 2017

It is with heavy heart that I write of the unexpected passing of our dear friend Captain Robin Gauss. Robin will be remindered for his abundant generosity, his dry sense of humor and his ability to make everyone feel welcome. Robin passed away last night after a heart attack. Details regarding services will be shared at a later time. He was anxious to do some great things for the Squadron.

Our thoughts are with Nancy and their family during this difficult time. He will be greatly missed!