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The general qualifications to become a CAP pilot are:

  1. Be an active CAP member at least 17 years of age (16 years of age for CAP glider pilots).
  2. Possess a valid FAA private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificate.
  3. Possess a class III or higher medical certificate (not required for gliders).
  4. Possess a current flight review IAW FAR 61.56.
  5. Satisfactorily complete a CAP Form 5 flight check (similar to a BFR) in an aircraft (in an appropriate group) within the preceding 12 months.
  6. Complete an annual CAP Form 5 written examination and annual aircraft questionnaires for each aircraft authorized to fly.

The qualifications to become a Transport Mission Pilot are: During authorized Emergency Services missions, CAP Transport Pilots may transport CAP members, ferry aircraft, fly “high bird” communication sorties, and transport parts or equipment needed for missions. 

  1. At least 18 years of age.
  2. Current and qualified CAP pilot in accordance with CAPR 60-1, with at least 100 hours pilot in command time including at least 50 hours of cross-country flying.
  3. Qualified General Emergency Services.

Qualifications to become a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief  Mission Pilot  – Once becoming a CAP Pilot and attaining 175 hours PIC time with 50 hours of cross-country time one can start training to become a SAR/DR Mission Pilot. (50 hours X-C is the A to B, 50 NM or more, kind)

  1. Qualified Transport Mission Pilot
  2. At least 200 hours pilot in command time and 50 hours of cross-country flying 3. Qualified Mission Scanner
  3. Complete all requirements listed in the most current version of the Aircrew and Flight Line Task Guide for MP.