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Aviators Code of Conduct


The Civil Air Patrol Aviator’s 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 Aviators

Pilots should:

a. recognize and manage risks effectively, and use sound principles of risk management,

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

c. maintain situational awareness, and adhere to prudent operating practices and personal operating parameters (e.g., minimums),

d. seek excellence in airmanship,

e. aspire to professionalism,

f. act with responsibility and courtesy, and

g. adhere to applicable laws and regulations.

Crew, Passengers and People on the Surface

Pilots should:

a. maintain crew and passenger safety first and then reasonable comfort,

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

c. brief crew and passengers on planned flight procedures and inform them of any significant or unusual risk associated with the flight,

d. seek to prevent unsafe conduct by passengers, and

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

Training and Proficiency

Pilots should:

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

b. participate in flight safety education programs,

c. remain vigilant and avoid complacency,

d. train to recognize and deal effectively with emergencies,

e. prepare for and review each lesson carefully, and

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


Pilots should:

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

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

c. become familiar with the latest security regulations, and

d. be vigilant of special-use airspace and comply with all applicable restrictions

Environmental Issues

Pilots should:

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

b. minimize the discharge of fuel, oil, and other chemicals into the environment during refueling, preflight preparations, servicing, and flight operations,

c. respect and protect environmentally sensitive areas,

d. comply with applicable noise-abatement procedures and mitigate aircraft noise near noise-sensitive areas, and

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

Use of Technology

Pilots should:

a. become familiar with and properly use appropriate technologies,

b. monitor applicable airport advisory frequencies and report position accurately when approaching airports without an operating control tower and other higher-risk areas, if radio-equipped,

c.  use transponders or other position-indicating technologies during flight operations, if available or otherwise directed by ATC, and use ATC radar advisories for VFR enroute operations,

d. carry redundant transceivers and navigational equipment and use them in appropriate circumstances, and

e. use flight simulators and training devices as available and appropriate.

Advancement and Promotion of Aviation

Pilots should:

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

b. contribute to the promotion of aviation and encourage others pilots 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 pilots.




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