Hot Aircraft Operations News!!!
Return to Flight - Mitigating Risk from the COVID Interruption
AUG 6, 2020
The Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) have developed the following guides that CAP pilots may find useful in preparing for a return to flying:
- AOPA Air Safety Institute - Return to Flight Proficiency Plan
- NAFI - Return to Flight Safety Guidance - Pilots & Aircraft
Limited Extension of Relief for Certain Persons and Operations during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
JUNE 29, 2020
The FAA has issued a rule amending the relief previously provided in SFAR 118. The full text of this rule is available at the following link -- Limited Extension of Relief for COVID-19. It is important to note, that except for medical certification duration, no individual who obtained relief under the original SFAR will receive an extension of that relief under this new rule. CAP/DOV is working with IT to automatically extend medical certificate expirations within OpsQuals. This will occur in two phases. On 1 July, medical certificates that originally would have expired in April, May or June will be extended by three months. Later in the month, but in no case later than 31 July, medical certificates that originally would have expired in July, Aug or Sep will be extended by three months.
FAA Announces Intent to Grant Additional Extensions as a Result of COVID-19
JUNE 22, 2020
At a recent town hall meeting, the FAA announced its intent to grant further extensions as a result of COVID-19 impacts. No information was provided regarding the scope or duration of the planned extension. CAP/DOV will be monitoring this issue and will make appropriate adjustments to CAP procedures and systems when an SFAR is published. For information on the content of the previous SFAR, see the post below.
CAP Implementation of Special Federal Aviation Regulation 118
MAY 12, 2020
The FAA has issued a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) providing regulatory relief to persons that have been unable to comply with specific FAA requirements due to COVID-19 impacts. Because the SFAR consists of three sections, each with different applicability, a careful reading and some interpretation is required to determine what relief is applicable to CAP flight operations. CAP's interpretation of the application of each section and our planned approach to implementation of the SFAR have been provided in the following posting -- "FAA Issues SFAR."
Hold Harmless Agreement for Loss or Damage to Privately-owned Aircraft
APRIL 30, 2020
The HHA required by CAPR 70-1 22.214.171.124. has been formally published as CAPF 70-10. This form can be found on www.gocivilairpatrol.com under Members > Publication Library > Forms. CAPF 70-10 shall be used for powered, glider, tow and contract tow operations. Previous versions of aircraft-related HAA documents shall not be used. Re-execution of existing agreements is not be required until they have reached their expiration (one-year after date of prior approval).
Operations Qualification Extensions
MARCH 31, 2020
Due to the growing concerns of potential exposure to COVID-19 and the limitations associated with public gatherings, CAP/CC has advised CAP/DO to extend qualifications that will expire before normal operations resume. All current operational qualifications expiring between 31 March and 31 August 2020 earned through procedures outlined in CAPRs 60-3, 70-1, 77-1 and the associated CAP Standards and SQTRs will be extended one time on 31 March 2020 through 30 September 2020. For additional information, refer to CAP/CC Memorandum "Coronavirus COVID-19 Operations Qualifications Extensions" dated 26 Mar 20.
CAPR 70-1 is Now Effective!
MARCH 31, 2020
The revised CAPR 70-1, CAP Flight Management, became effective on 31 March 20 along with its associated publications (e.g., 70-series CAPS and CAPF documents). These publications can be found in the CAP Publication Library. Publication of CAP Standards in the 70-series will be driving major changes to the Aircraft Operations web pages. Training syllabi such as National Flight Academy, G1000 Transition, or Proficiency Profiles that were either here, on Ops Quals, or published as pamphlets have been placed in category-specific CAPS 71-series Aircrew Training documents. More noticeably, program information previously disseminated informally on this site has been replaced by formally published CAP Standards and forms. Examples include: Mission Symbols (now CAPS 72-2), Aircraft Checklists (now CAPS 72-3), Aircraft Information Files (CAPS 72-4), Preflight Risk Assessment Worksheets (CAPF 70-1/1G), and Flight Release Checklists (CAPF 70-2/2G). Procedural guidance once spread across this site (Post-Flight Checklists, Sterile Cockpit, Electronic Flight Bag procedures, etc.) has been consolidated into category-specific CAPS 73-series Operations Procedures documents. Training on the content of these changes is available at Aircraft Operations > Change Communications.
FEBRUARY 20, 2020
All CAP Pilots should be aware that the ADS-B mandate is in effect. Because CAP uses organizational callsigns instead of N-numbers, and CAP aircraft are flown by other agencies (CAP-USAF and maintenance facilities), our pilots must be diligent in ensuring that callsign and ADS-B Flight ID match. For more information go the Aircraft Operations page under the heading ADS-B.
Garmin G1000 NXi with Electronic Stability and Protection
OCTOBER 9, 2019
New Cessna 172, 182, and 206 aircraft delivered during 2019 contain Garmin's Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP) system. Training has been deployed via AXIS and is available to all G1000 qualified pilots. This training is required prior to flying ESP-equipped aircraft. Additional information concerning effected tail numbers and ESP capabilities is available on gocivilairpatrol.com under Programs > Emergency Services > Aircraft Operations under the heading General Information.
ICAO Flight Plan Format is Now Required
AUGUST 27, 2019
Effective 27 Aug 2019, the ICAO flight plan format is required when filing. Additional information regarding this format and CAP specific guidance is provided on the FAA information page under Aircraft Operations.
CAP Standardized Aircraft Checklist Changes for G1000/GFC700 Aircraft
MARCH 4, 2019
CAP's standardized aircraft emergency procedures checklists have been revised for all G1000/GFC700 aircraft. The revised checklist contains the complete Autopilot or Electric Trim Failure emergency procedure from the POH. Pilots flying applicable aircraft who use the CAP checklists should download the new version from ORMS prior to their next flight.
Non-CAP Passenger Request Memorandum
JULY 25, 2018
CAP-USAF has updated their Memorandum for Record regarding required information for non-CAP passenger requests. Under this guidance, the appropriate Mission Approval Authority, vice the CAP-USAF Liaison Region, will be the approval authority for all non-CAP passengers. Requested information now includes any special handling requests for distinguished visitors (O-6 and above). Use of WMIRS to submit request information and the requirement for 5 working days' notice have not changed; however, CAP Wings are now required to notify the Mission Approval Authority and the National Operations Center of these requests. The memorandum also allows for passenger name changes after submission, as long as the passenger organization, purpose, and number remain the same.
Lamination of Aircraft Registrations
FEBRUARY 8, 2018
CAP LG has received an increasing number of requests for replacement aircraft registrations lately due to poor condition caused by frequent handling. In the near future, LG will be sending out laminated registrations. Unlike the case of your Social Security card, lamination of an aircraft registration is not considered to be an "alteration" of the document. The reference for this is Flight Standards Information System (FSIMS) 8900.1, Volume 6, Chapter 1, Section 4, paragraph 6-95.F(1), which states, "Note - The lamination of a certificate issued under Part 21 is not considered to be an alteration." Units in the field may also laminate currently held registration; however, they must ensure that the signature at the bottom is legible prior to laminating. If the signature is not legible, then a new certificate should be requested.