Communications from the National Commander
CAP Aviators and Aircrew Code of Conduct
On 4 May 2018, General Smith announced the launch of CAP’s Aircrew Professionalism Initiative in the memorandum provided above. Phase One of this initiative is focused on the individual and begins with clear communication of the organization’s expectations with respect to aircrew professionalism. To that end, Civil Air Patrol has established an Aviators Code of Conduct and an Aircrew Code of Conduct as guides to the ethical and professional behavior of its pilots and other aircrew. The links below will take you to web pages containing those codes, as well as providing access to a printable copy. We ask that all CAP pilots and aircrew read and familiarize themselves with the applicable document. Although much of what you will find in these "codes” may seem to be apparent, professional organizations often use ethical codes as a means of clarifying expectations and aligning both organizational and individual behavior. We hope that the professional principles outlined in these documents will serve those purposes for CAP.
Personal commitment to the concept of professionalism is the foundation of CAP's effort to establish a culture of professionalism. Accordingly, we ask all CAP aircrew to make a personal commitment to act in accordance with the applicable Code(s) in all their CAP aviation activities. Please follow the link below to register your personal commitment within OpQuals --
Discipline is the second foundation stone in establishing a culture of professionalism. This is the self-regulation needed to achieve continual compliance and improvement, driven internally by honesty & integrity and externally by other motivating factors such as incentives & consequences. Having made a commitment in concept to professionalism, CAP aircrew must fulfill that commitment by always acting in alignment with organizational expectations. When behavior falls short of expectations, accountability is required -- from ourselves, our peers, and from the organization. This principle also applies when organizational behavior falls short of expectations. The CAP National Commander asks that all CAP aircrew review the following accident case study in the context of our Codes; the individual's commitment to the practice of professionalism, or lack thereof; and the degree to which those individuals and their organization held each other accountable.