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Aircrew Code of Conduct


The Civil Air Patrol Aircrew Code of Conduct is a customized version of the AIRCREW MODEL CODE OF CONDUCT created by Michael S. Baum. ©2003-2012 Michael S. Baum. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use are available at


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General Responsibilities of Aircrew

Aircrew should:

a.  recognize and manage risks effectively,

b.  develop and exercise good judgment and sound principles of technical decision-making,

c.  adhere to prudent operating practices and support team situational awareness,

d.  seek operation excellence,

e.  aspire to professionalism,

f.  act with responsibility and courtesy, and

g.  adhere to applicable laws and regulations.

Passengers and People on the Surface

Aircrew should:

a.   assist the PIC in ensuring the safety of any passengers,

b.   manage risk and avoid unnecessary risk to crew, passengers, to people and property on the surface,

c.   inform team members of any significant or unusual risk associated with a task or flight,

d.   seek to prevent unsafe conduct by pilots, crew or passengers, and

e.   avoid operations that may alarm, disturb, or endanger crew, passengers or people on the surface.

Training and Proficiency

Aircrew should:

a.  participate in regular recurrent training to maintain and improve proficiency,

b.  participate in aviation safety education programs,

c.  remain vigilant and avoid complacency,

d.  train to recognize emergencies and support effective crew response,

e.  prepare for and review each lesson carefully, and

f.  maintain an accurate training record to satisfy training and currency requirements.


Aircrew should:

a.  seek to maintain the security of all persons, property, and operational information associated with their aviation activities, and

b.  remain vigilant and immediately report suspicious, reckless, or illegal activities.

Environmental Issues

Aircrew should:

a.  recognize and seek to mitigate the environmental impact of aircraft operations,

b.  respect and protect environmentally sensitive areas, and

c.  review and adhere to prudent hazardous materials handling procedures.

Use of Technology

Aircrew should:

a.  become familiar with and properly use appropriate technologies, and

b.  keep current with the requirements and applicable procedures for all technologies that they operate.

Advancement and Promotion of Aviation

Aircrew should:

a.  advance and promote aviation safety and adherence to the Code of Conduct,

b.  contribute to the promotion of aviation and encourage other aircrew to do so as well,

c.  demonstrate appreciation for aviation professionals and service providers,

d.  advance an aviation culture that values openness, humility, positive attitudes, and the pursuit of personal improvement,

e.  promote ethical behavior within the aviation community, and

f.  mentor new and future aircrew.

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