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The Aircraft Operations web pages no longer contain directive documents.  Instead, "guidance" previously posted here has been consolidated into formal CAP publications published under Members > Publications (e.g., regulations and standards).  These pages are now informational in nature.  Some documents may still contain language that could be interpreted as being regulatory -- those exceptions will be amended prior to 31 March 2020.

General Information

CAP Exemptions

Refer to CAPP 70-4 Guide to FAA Exemptions
    - FAA Interpretation 1997-23
    - FAA Exemption 6485
    - FAA Exemption 11037
    - FAA Exemption 11037 BasicMed Clarification 17APR17

Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B)

Pilots must ensure that the callsign they use reflects the Flight ID being transmitted by the aircraft's ADS-B system. (See FAA AC 90-114B on ADS-B Operations below.)  Because CAP aircraft are flown by other agencies (e.g., CAP-USAF using "PARDXX" and maintenance facilities using "NXXXXX"), it is highly likely that you will encounter instances when an aircraft's ADS-B Flight ID has been changed to something other than CAPXXXX.  This necessitates diligence in both checking and, when required, resetting Flight IDs.  Using a callsign that does not match the ADS-B Flight ID will result in the FAA sending a Non-Performing Equipment (NPE) report to CAP/LG, but more importantly mismatches increase controller workload and could result in you being denied access to certain airspace. 

FAA Advisory Circular on ADS-B Operations
FAA ADS-B Performance Report

ICAO Flight Plan Information

ICAO Flight Plan Guidance for CAP

ICAO Flight Plan form (FAA Form 7233-4)  
Instructions for Completing the ICAO Flight Plan 
Filing ADS-B Capability in an ICAO Flight Plan 

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