Requirements for Pilots

The objective of CAP’s flight operations program is to provide safe, qualified and knowledgeable pilots and other air crew members to support nationally, state, or locally directed CAP missions from the air.

  1. CAP does not provide senior member flight training leading to a private pilots certificate.
  2. FAA qualified member pilots may use the Squadron’s, or any other CAP aircraft for training required to obtain higher FAA ratings or qualifications. Since only CAP/USAF members are allowed to fly in CAP aircraft, arrangements need to made with a CAP Check Pilot (i.e. a CAP officer who is a CFI/CFII).
  3. Before being authorized to fly the Squadron’s (or any other CAP owned) aircraft as pilot-in-command, the member must:
    1. Be at least an FAA rated private pilot, 18 years or older, with a current medical and BFR as required by the FARs; and…
    2. Must have successfully completed an annual CAP flight check ride (CAP Form 5) in the specific type aircraft, conducted by a CAP check pilot as specified in CAPR 70-1. The pilot is now a “CAP Pilot” and may wear the CAP pilot wings.
  4. In order to fly as pilot-in-command during an actual or training CAP mission, the pilot must also qualify as a Mission Pilot which requires completion of a course consisting of supervised classroom and practical training. According to CAPR 50-15, the major requirements are:
    1. Be a CAP pilot of at least 18 years of age.
    2. Complete the Emergency Services Test (CAPF 116) part I and II.
    3. Have 200 hours PIC time, of which 25 must be cross-country PIC time.
    4. Complete classroom instructions.
    5. Complete practical flight training.
    6. Act as mission pilot trainee on at least two missions.
    7. Receive a recommendation from a CAP Mission Check Pilot.
    8. Complete Mission Check Ride (CAP Form 91).
  5. Unless a Wing or USAF mission number is supplied, each pilot-in-command pays for their own proficiency flight hours. The 2006 rate for the C-172 is in the range of $50 to $55/hour (wet); C-182 is in the range of $60 to $65/hour (wet). Rate varies with the price of fuel. Cadet orientation flights (known as O-Flights) and ROTC flights are fully funded.
  6. Every CAP pilot is expected to fly at least two hours per month to remain minimally proficient.
  7. When flying in a CAP owned aircraft, or in a privately owned one on a CAP mission, a complete CAP/USAF uniform (with all required patches and insignia) must be worn.
  8. When a Member-owned aircraft is used for CAP missions of any kind, it, and its crew, are subject to all CAP Regulations as they pertain to CAP owned aircraft, except for certain insurance aspect.


IAW CAPR 50-15 and 60-1
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