Renewed Search For Steve Fossett Underway
July 14, 2008 — On Monday a 12-member team of athletes and expert mountaineers launched another search-and-rescue operation for record-setting pilot Steve Fossett. The search team, headed by Canadian geologist and adventure racer Simon Donato, will cover a rugged area on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada where 63-year-old Fossett was last seen.
Fossett, a longtime EAA member who set several unique aviation records over the past 15 years, vanished September 3, 2007, while on a pleasure flight in a Super Decathlon. He was declared dead on February 15 by an Illinois judge.
To increase safety as well as provide a communication line between friends and family, each team member has been outfitted with a SPOT Satellite Messenger, a device that uses a GPS network to pinpoint a userís location then transmits that information to friends, family or an emergency response center over a separate satellite network. The team is displaying their SPOT finder information and can be viewed on their website.
Although the search wonít match last yearís efforts, which covered some 20,000-square-miles of rugged, high desert terrain in Nevada and California, the search team remains optimistic as the majority of the search will be conducted on foot, which will allow the team to explore difficult areas where vehicles and previous searchers were unable to reach.
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