The UKCAP is a voluntary and charitable organisation aimed principally to provide support to the community. Lowland Unit is one of several forming the UKCAP. It is not an emergency service and its response is dependent upon the availability of crews, aircraft and the effective matching of experience to the required level of assistance; however, Unit aircraft have been fully engaged in vulnerable missing person searches within 25mins of being called to help. Normally, the response time is a little longer!
All assistance offered is purely humanitarian and for the prime benefit of the community; if any emergency or government funded agency benefits from the assistance, that outcome is incidental.  All flights remain private and under the full control of the UKCAP.
Local crews with local knowledge can assist in a wide variety of disciplines as outlined below:
The UKCAP can be called upon by anyone or any agency that is looking for something that is lost and who thinks that airborne search might be useful.
Missing persons, vehicles, equipment, boats, livestock, downed aircraft have all been located from the air by the UKCAP. Aircraft are particularly
useful for searching rivers and river banks, reed beds, moorland, scrubland, railway lines, ravines, loch and field margins, open undulating
spaces - all of which require a great deal of manpower to search from the ground. As well as saving a great deal of effort and cost, a
huge amount of time can also be saved by simple aerial search, which is often a critical factor in the survival of a missing person.
All aerial photography is carried out by trained unit observers. This makes the process effective and safe, leading to
consistently good results. The UKCAP can provide up to date oblique images; trees in leaf or not, tide in or out,
ambient light low or from above, etc. Images are sized and distributed to the requirements of the end user.
UKCAP Scotland specialises in aerial photography for archaeological survey and recording. This has
been applied to many historical features around Scotland that are in danger from coastal erosion
or to allow the building of permanent records in the form of 3D virtual models
The simple ‘eye in the sky’ can be a life-saver by observing and continuously
reporting in real time overhead many types of activity including large
scale outdoor sporting  events,  public gatherings,  traffic
congestion, forest/hill fires, major incidents involving
the emergency services and widespread
flooding or pollution.
  UKCAP Scotland ops are supported by our own Mission Support Vehicle.
This is a Land Rover based communications and forward-operating asset that
can provide 2 way communications via air and marine band radios, satellite telephone,
satellite data, 3G internet and mobile phone. The vehicle can operate with aircraft to relay
comms in areas of otherwise poor cover and usually deploys to the ops area so that crews can
liaise directly with personnel on the ground.                                                                                                      
  CAP aircraft and crews can deploy to an airfield near to the point of assistance if necessary. This can markedly cut
down on transit time during ops and often results in a faster dissemination of results.                         
  Equipment or personnel can be ferried quickly by CAP aircraft if required.
  UKCAP air or ground assets will only ever become involved with an agency or person as a result of a direct request for assistance. CAP aircraft
are complementary to those of the emergency services, normally operate under liaison with the UK Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre and will
only be employed if the alternative is no aerial support at all.