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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


Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes - New Mission Symbols 
APRIL 23, 2019

New mission symbols are being added to support AFAM status flying at national, regional, and wing flight academies (A16, A22, B16, and B22) and for sUAS missions (8-series code).  To maintain uniform coding across A and B missions, IACE has been recoded as B20.  The new mission symbols will be available in WMIRS within a few days and Form 18 reporting will be adjusted prior to the next closeout cycle.  The revised mission symbol list (AIF_FLT_LOG_2) should be inserted in each AIF as soon as possible.  It is currently available for download from the AIF webpage


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. 


Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes
DECEMBER 28, 2018

Changes have been posted to the AIF webpage.  The Pre-flight Risk Assessment Worksheets in both the AIF and AIF-G have been changed.  This change removes the Wind Chill Chart and replaces it with a simple outside air temperature based risk assessment.  The current version of contents page is also updated as required.  The CAP electronic risk assessment process is also being changed effective 7 Jan 2019.  As a result, these pages should be inserted in all AIF binders on or as soon as possible after that date. 


ICL to CAPM 60-1G
DECEMBER 7, 2018

An ICL to CAPM 60-1G has been published. Although the Glider Program CFT recommended replacing the CAPM 60-1G with a new regulation, there is still significant work to be done before that can happen.  In the meantime, this ICL will implement the regulatory risk controls recommended by the CFT and approved by CAP/CC.  When the ICL and corrected copy of CAPM 60-1G are released, you will note that all the attachments are deleted.  Attachment 1 will be superseded by a requirement that the organization primarily responsible for operating a CAP glider must provide tail number specific instructions for rig/derig.  National headquarters will no longer provide generic instructions deviating from the POH.  However, resources designed to help support local development of instructions/checklists are provided on the Glider Best Practices web page.  Attachments 2-4 will be replaced by CAPP 71-2 Aircrew Training, Glider which will be released concurrently.  This document contains a revised glider syllabus and associated tracking card.  It also contains guidance necessary to establish an AFAM-eligible program leading to a Private Pilot rating.  Attachments 5 and 6 will be made available outside of the manual via the Glider Program website..


Publication of CAPP 71-2, 71-3, and 71-6 ICL to CAPM 60-1G
DECEMBER 7, 2018

CAPP 71-2 Aircrew Training, Glider, CAPP 71-3 Aircrew Training, Balloon, and CAPP 71-6 Aircrew Training, Cadet Wings have been published.  These documents perform a very important function – they meet a CAP-USAF requirement that Cadet flight training flown in an AFAM status be performed on a “CAP-approved” program.  In response, CAPP 71-6 approves a number of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) programs for Private Pilot, ASEL.  It then references and approves the glider and balloon programs contained in CAPP 71-2 and 71-3.


Changes to CAP's Aviators and Aircrew Codes of Conduct
DECEMBER 7, 2018

Changes to CAP's Aviators Code of Conduct and Aircrew Code of Conduct have been published.  This change removes “make safety the highest priority” from General Responsibilities and elevates language describing recognition and management of risk.  This change reflects CAP’s view that there is inherent risk in aviation activities and that safety is an outcome of sound risk management practices.


G1000 NXi Differences, GA8 Airvan, MT7 Maule, and L23 Fam Courses
DECEMBER 4, 2018

A Cessna provided presentation and brochure have been provided on the Aircraft Operations > Training page under the heading G1000 Information.  In addition, several courses previously hosted on an old server have been moved.  The GA8 Airvan and MT7 Maule Fam Courses are now located on the Aircraft Operations > Aircraft and Equipment page under the heading Aircraft Familiarization.  The L23 Blanik Cockpit Fam Course is located on the Aircraft Operations > Glider Program > Glider Operations  page under the heading Glider Reference Material.  These courses will be rehosted on the CAP Learning Management System (LMS) in early 2019.


Pilot Proficiency Profiles
OCTOBER 1, 2018

CAP's Pilot Proficiency Profiles have been updated.  The new documents are published on as CAP pamphlets: CAPP 71-4 Air Force Approved Proficiency Flight Profiles and CAPP 71-5 Self-Conducted Proficiency Flight Profiles.  Both documents are fillable PDFs that can be used to document accomplishment of profile requirements within WMIRS.  The revised profiles now include proficiency profiles in support of the Cadet Wings and AFJROTC Flight Academy programs, as well as an introductory profile that can be used to support pilot onboarding.     


Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes
OCTOBER 1, 2018

AIF changes have been posted to the AIF webpage. These changes include major changes to the Mission Symbol document and to the Preflight Risk Assessment Worksheet (RAW) instructions and forms for both airplanes and gliders.  On both airplane and glider RAWs, the Heat Index/Wind Chill tables and the PIC Currency factors have been changed.  Under PIC Currency, the ranges have been changed to provide additional information on low currency pilots.  Significant points are assessed for pilots that have not flown in category/class in more than 180 days.  On the airplane RAW, the VFR and IFR factors have been combined into a single row called "Departure & Arrival Weather."  Levels of VFR are on no longer risk assessed.  The Thunderstorm, Icing, and Turbulence factors have also been combined into a single "Enroute Conditions" factor, while RCAM has been removed.  Bird Strike has been added as a new risk factor.  Addition information on assessing bird strike risk is provided on the Risk Management webpage.  Finally, the AIF Layout now specifically permits local commands to insert a pocket holder for gas credit cards, instructions, and pen/pencil.  All AIF changes should be incorporated no later than 31 Oct 2018.


National Conference Presentations
AUGUST 26, 2018

The CAPNHQ DOV gave three presentations at the 2018 National Conference.  Relevant content from those presentations have been summarized and placed on the Aircrew Professionalism and Glider Program pages of this website.   Those who might wish to view all three presentations can find them and all the other DO presentations at 2018 CAP/DO National Conference Presentations.


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.

CAPF 5 and Aircraft Questionnaires
JUNE 25, 2018

CAPR 70-1 eliminated the requirement to submit an aircraft questionnaire for every aircraft in which you are qualified.  Now, only a questionnaire for the Make/Model used for the check ride is required.  However, only the Make/Model you took the checkride in will be renewed unless you enter the correct data in OpsQuals.  After uploading the required questionnaire, go to the "Pilot" section in the left hand menu; select Checkride/Questionnaires > Airplane [Balloon or Glider]; and scroll to the "Questionnaires" heading.  As shown below, input the date the questionnaire was complete and select the aircraft type used in the check ride; HOWEVER, you must also use Ctrl-click to select the other aircraft which you need to review.  Failure to complete this action correctly will result in your other aircraft qualifications expiring.  OpsQuals will not automatically renew you for all the aircraft in which you are currently qualified.



Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes
MAY 21, 2018

AIF changes have been posted to the AIF webpage. These changes include minor changes to what was previously known as the ORM forms, as well as the removal of language from the mission symbol listing needed to support glider and tow proficiency flying.  Most significantly, this release includes a new standard for a glider-specific Aircraft Information File (AIF-G) which will not be carried in the cockpit.  The AIF-G Cover is currently being incorporated into the WMIRS Maintenance Module and should be released shortly.  All AIF changes should be incorporated no later than 21 Jun 2018.  Construction of new AIF-G documents should be complete no later than 21 Jul 18.


CAP Codes of Conduct
MAY 14, 2018

Civil Air Patrol is establishing Codes of Conduct as guides to the ethical and professional behavior of its aircrew.  We ask that all CAP aircrew read and familiarize themselves with this document which can be reached via the Aircraft Operations > Aircrew Professionalism web page.


Glider Program Vision Statement
MAY 8, 2018

General Smith has published his vision and strategy for Civil Air Patrol's glider program.  In a memorandum to all CAP glider program leaders and participant, Gen Smith describes the importance of the program and the need to protect, grow and sustain, and maximize its contribution to our mission.  This and future communications regarding glider program initiatives are provided on the Aircraft Operations > Glider Program web page.


Aircrew Professionalism Initiative
MAY 4, 2018

General Smith communicates the importance of aircrew professionalism in securing the future of Civil Air Patrol.  In a memorandum to all CAP aircrew members, Gen Smith describes the key components of aircrew professionalism and then outlines the Aircrew Professionalism Initiative - a three phase approach designed to ensure that we continue to exceed customer expectations.  This and future communications regarding the Aircrew Professionalism Initiative are provided on the Aircraft Operations > Aircrew Professionalism web page.


Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes
MARCH 5, 2018

AIF changes have been posted to the AIF webpage.  These changes include substantive changes to the ORM forms, front cover, and back cover, in addition to a number of editorial and administrative items.  The revised ORM instructions and paper-based ORM forms should be inserted in each aircraft AIF as soon as practical; however, ORM assessment performed using the previous version of the form are conservative and valid.  The remainder of the AIF should be updated to the new standard no later than 31 Mar 2018.


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.


Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) Crew Responsibility
JANUARY 3, 2018 (This post corrects/replaces a 30 May 17 post on this topic.)

For aircraft equipped with ADS-B systems, the aircraft identification used on the flight plan must match the flight ID being transmitted by the ADS-B transmitter.  CAPR 70-1 requires CAP aircraft to use a three-letter, three-/four-digit call sign (CAP####); therefore, this call sign must be listed on the flight plan under aircraft identification and input to the ADS-B system as the flight ID.  (The tail number should be provided in the comments box on the flight plan.)  Methods of inserting and verifying ADS-B information vary by manufacturer and installation, so check the Pilot Guide supplied with your avionics to determine how to accomplish this task.  An ADS-B Call Sign MisMatch (CSMM) causes significant operational difficulties for air traffic controllers, so the FAA takes great interest in these deviations.  Our diligence in meeting this requirement demonstrates CAP professionalism and helps to ensure that ADS-B will provide maximum benefit to users of the NAS.


Revised Pilot Proficiency Profiles (AF Approved)
JANUARY 1, 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the AF approved Pilot Proficiency Profiles have been revised.  Although this revision continues to allow proficiency flights to be used for opportune training for other positions, it specifically forbids aircrew members working towards their own proficiency from providing instruction to other crew members; a separate dedicated instructor/supervisor should be flown for this purpose.   This revision also provides additional guidance regarding accomplishment and documentation of required items versus routine items.  Finally, this revision includes three new profiles for glider pilots and tow pilots. Because there are potential financial consequences for failing to properly document deliverables, pilots should thoroughly review the summary on the first page and any profile prior to use on any A12 or B12 mission.

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