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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 aircraft identification being transmitted by the ADS-B transmitter.  CAPR 70-1 9.9.3.2. 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 and input to the ADS-B system in lieu of the tail number.  (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.

CAPR 70-1 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
NOVEMBER 29, 2017

The CAPR 70-1 FAQ is a compilation of questions asked during the CAPR 70-1 review period and answers that have been vetted by the CAP/DO.

Aircraft Information File (AIF) Changes
NOVEMBER 28, 2017

Changes to the AIF resulting from implementation of CAPR 70-1 have been posted to the AIF webpage.  The changed pages become effective on 4 Dec 17.  Changes to Tab 10 - ORM should be made on that date to support any potential need to conduct a paper-based risk assessment.  The remainder of the AIF should be updated prior to 30 Dec 2017.

CAP Regulation 70-1 Civil Air Patrol Flight Management
OCTOBER 18, 2017

CAPR 70-1 has been released for preview and is available on the Regulations for Preview page.  The planned effective date is 4 Dec 17.

BasicMed Implementation
CAP is moving forward with implementation of BasicMed as a medical option for our CAP flying operations.  IT has rolled out the necessary changes in the e-services ops quals module, and personnel can now upload required documentation, be validated by appropriate staff, and operate under BasicMed. CAP BasicMed Implementation Instructions are also posted on the Stan/Eval webpage.  DO/10 August 17

Air Force Flight Surgeons May Now Log Flight Time On CAP Aircraft!
This has great potential to be a win-win for both sides. If you are approached with a request to fly an Air Force flight surgeon, for now, we will handle it as a non-CAP passenger request coordinated through CAP-USAF. The flights must be conducted on a noninterference basis on previously scheduled AFAM sorties. CAP cannot schedule a sortie specifically to fly a flight surgeon. Though they can fly on actual missions, flight surgeons should not be replacing other critical crew members needed for missions like mission observers or airborne photographers, nor can they replace cadets on cadet orientation flights. Essentially, if you anticipate having an open seat within your weight and balance limits for the scheduled flight, it is ok for them to fly, though with CAP-USAF non-CAP passenger approval. We'd suggest including them on scheduled AFAM training and proficiency sorties where possible. To eliminate confusion, the wing will include the Flight Surgeon's AF Form 1288 (Aeronautical Order) in the non-CAP Pax request package when it gets sent to the LRs, so that all know that he/she is good to fly. To see further detailed information simply click here,
HQ CAP Director of Operations / 14 Dec 16

CAP Cessna Short- & Soft-Field Training is now Available!
CAP Cessna Short- & Soft-Field Training is available online for CAP pilot usage.  This optional training tool is provided to aid CAP pilots as they prepare for Short- & Soft-Field flight operations in Cessna aircraft.  CAP Cessna Short- & Soft-Field Training is located on the Stan/Eval page in the “Training” section.
DOV Staff /14 Nov 16

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Now Prohibited Aboard CAP Aircraft.
The Department of Transportation took steps late last week to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones from all commercial aviation operations. If you have not read the DOT’s press release, please do. After consultation with our leadership team and the National Commander, CAP is taking the prudent step of not allowing these phones on board CAP Aircraft from this point forward.
• Please consider these phones hazardous cargo whether turned on or off.
• Remind crewmembers to make passengers aware prior to boarding CAP aircraft that hazardous cargo like these phones is not allowed on board, and give them the opportunity to place it somewhere safe prior to flight, but it cannot be brought on board even if powered down.
• If any crewmember sees a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 while flying in a CAP aircraft, they are expected to instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device like alarm clocks, and keep the device on their person, not in seat back pockets, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the sortie.
• Please make this an emphasis item for all personnel within your areas of responsibility as well though since some may not see it.
• This is also a good time to review what can and cannot be brought on board general aviation aircraft in general.  The regulation concerning transportation of hazardous materials aboard aircraft can be found in 49 CFR Part 175. AOPA also has a very informative webpage that discusses this topic at:
https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/active-pilots/safety-and-technique/operations/transportation-of-hazardous-materials.
Flying units especially are encouraged to review this topic as one of their next safety briefings.
DOV Staff/18 Oct 16

When should I take corrective action as a flight instructor/evaluator?
This question has been around since pilots have been flying airplanes. When considered and approached logically, one will come to the same conclusion that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reached; and Civil Air Patrol (CAP) guidance is in line with that of the FAA.  See FAA & CAP guidance on this topic located on the Stan/Eval web page.
DOV Staff/28 Sep 16

FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS) are effective as of 15 Jun 16!
•The ACS is an enhanced version of the PTS, and replaced the PTS on 15 June 2016.•The ACS adds task-specific knowledge and risk management elements to each PTS Area of Operation/Task. The result is an integrated presentation of specific knowledge, risk management, and skill elements for each Task.
•The ACS thus provides a single-source set of the standards for both knowledge exam and the practical test. For more information go to the "FAA & ICAO Information" section on the Stan/Eval web page.
DOV Staff / 15 Jun 16

CAP Cessna Aircraft & Autopilot Differences Training is now Available!
CAP Cessna Aircraft & Autopilot Differences Training is now provided to familiarize CAP pilots with the various differences between CAP’s Cessna aircraft and between the two predominant autopilot models installed on those airplanes.  These optional training tools are provided to aid CAP pilots as they transition between CAP’s Cessna aircraft. CAP Cessna Aircraft & Autopilot Training is located on the Stan/Eval web page in the “Aircraft Familiarization” section.
DOV Staff /16 May 16

AMEs are no longer authorized to issue combination Airman Medical and Student Pilot certificates.
Effective April 1, 2016, Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) are not authorized to issue combination Airman Medical and Student Pilot certificates to applicants. New student pilots will go through a process similar to that of private pilots, receiving their hard plastic student pilot certificates in the mail. Students need a student pilot certificate in order to fly solo in an airplane; they don’t need one in order to start training.  For information on how to get an FAA Student Pilot Certificate click here; this information is also provided on the Stan/Eval web page in the “FAA & ICAO Information” section.
DOV Staff / 14 Apr 16

 

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