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Volunteer Pilot

Are you a pilot?  Put your skills to work for the Civil Air Patrol!

Here are the basic requirements to be a Civil Air Patrol pilot, all of which are covered in detail in CAP regulations.  We provide this basic (and incomplete) information for the general public.  CAP pilots and air crews are volunteers, former military pilots, retired airline pilots or generation aviation pilots.  We accept NO recompense for our time or for performing our services for the public or for the Civil Air Patrol.

In summary, here is what we will be outlining below:
  • VFR Pilot: FAA VFR pilot; take some courses, paperwork, CAP checkride
  • IFR Pilot: FAA Instrument pilot; orals and checkride includes instrument
  • Cadet Orientation Ride Pilot: 200 hours logged as pilot in command (PIC), online Cadet Orientation Training
  • JROTC/ROTC Cadet Orientation Ride Pilot: 300 hours logged as Pilot in Command, online Cadet Orientation Training

- Mission Transport Pilot: 100 hours logged as pilot in command, 50 hours cross-country

- Mission Pilot: 200 hours logged as pilot in command, fully qualified emergency services 

CAP VFR Pilot Requirements to fly a CAP Cessna 172*:

1) You must be an FAA single engine land pilot.
2) You must posses a minimum of a Class III medical that is current
3) You must current with a Bi-annual flight review
4) Be current on your Civil Air Patrol membership
5) Must have completed Professional Developments Level 1
6) Must have completed your on-line training and exams (about one day’s work)
7) Must have a CAP uniform. Minimum is the CAP polo shirt with gray slacks, right.
8) Must pass an annual CAP “Form 5″ oral exam and check ride with a CAP pilot examiner

 * To fly higher performance aircraft with additional equipment, such as our Cessna 182s with G-1000 glass cockpit, you must be type rated and trained in this aircraft; talk to your local squadron for more details.


CAP IFR Pilot Requirements:

Must meet all the requirements of a VFR Pilot plus be FAA instrument rated; your orals and check ride will include instrument flight.

CAP Cadet Orientation Pilot:

1) Must Posses all the requirements of a VFR pilot
2) Must have 200 PIC Hours
3) To fly JrROTC/ROTC cadets, you must have 300 PIC hours
4) Must pass a CAP online test on the CAP Orientation Ride program
5) Must pass an annual form 5 check ride that includes the “Cadet” endorsement(s)

Mission Air Crew (including Mission Pilot):

Basic Requirements for all CAP air crew:

1) FEMA IS100, IS700 (on line courses and tests you take on the FEMA website)
2) CAPT 116 Part 1 on line CAP exam
3) Become CAP General Emergency Services (GES) Certified through your squadron
4) Take the Aircraft Ground Handling Video course and pass
5) Complete all of the ground and air-based training

Mission Transport Pilot:

1) 100 or more hours as pilot in command
2) 50 Hours cross country time as pilot in command
3) Current Form 5 check ride, FAA currency, etc.

Mission Pilot:

A Civil Air Patrol Mission Pilot is a fully qualified and checked out pilot that is qualified to fly missions for the CAP.

1) Must be a fully qualified Emergency Services Mission Scanner and Mission Observer.
2) Must have completed Basic CAP Radio Operator Training (2 hour class)
3) Must have completed 175 hours as a Pilot in Command to begin the training, have completed 200 hours before taking the check ride
4) Be trained by a current CAP Mission Pilot (usually conducted in your squadron)
5) Pass a bi-annual CAP Form 91 Mission Pilot Check Ride