Change Notice: The Preflight Risk Assessment Worksheets previous found here have been formalized as CAPF 70-1 and 70-1G. Similarly, the Flight Release Checklists have been formalized as CAPF 70-2 and 70-2G. These forms are available at Members > Publications Library > Forms.
Risk Assessment and Flight Release
Flying inherently involves risks and these risks involve interactions between humans, machines, environment, and the mission being performed. To ensure that the accumulated affects and potential interactions of all these factors are accounted for, CAP requires PICs to perform a rigorous preflight risk assessment, then obtain a release prior to flying. The CAPS 71-series contains category-specific instructions on performing a pre-flight risk assessment. Additional details regarding assessment of bird strike risk are containing in a PowerPoint presentation at the following link -- Bird Strike Risk Assessment
The Flight Release Officer (FRO) Qualification & Refresher Course provides training to CAP members who conduct flight releases. FROs are not considered "flight dispatchers." They provide an independent look at the risk versus necessity of each flight. Flight Release Officer Responsibilities and Liability Coverage are further described in a memorandum from the CAP National Commander.
Return to Flight -- Mitigating Risk from the COVID Interruption
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
The briefings and documents below are provided to highlight aviation hazards of interest. Users should take care to ensure that material selected and used for presentation is consistent with current FAA, CAP and POH guidance for their area and aircraft.
FAA Risk Management Information
FAA Laser Safety Initiative (Hazards, Effects, Reaction, and Reporting)
Cold Weather Operations
The briefings and documents below are provided to highlight cold weather operational considerations and specific approaches used at various locations. Users should take care to ensure that material selected and used for presentation is consistent with current FAA, CAP and POH guidance for their area and aircraft.