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VFR Pilot requirements

When you first join CAP, you will want to become a VFR pilot as soon as possible. To do this you will have to complete both flying and non-flying training.  The flying tasks should be familiar but there are additional non-flying tasks required to ensure you are familiar with civil air patrol in its role as the auxiliary of the US Air Force.  Although not in a military service, you need to always remember that you are a valued part of the “Total Force” and need to present yourself and care for the equipment provided as if you are in the Regular Air Force, Air National Guard, or Air Force Reserve.  The unit should provide a mentor, if you don’t have one, to help you through the process. If the unit does not provide a mentor, ask your unit Director of Operations or Commander to provide you with a mentor. After completing the VFR pilot requirements, you will be able to move forward to meet your desired goals within the organization. Your mentor will be able to explain the advantages of gaining more qualifications.

The checklist below provides the CAP Pilot qualification requirements to fly corporate aircraft.  As you work through the process don’t forget that most questions can be answered by reviewing the CAP flight management regulations and pamphlets. Another way to find your requirements is by going to the “What Do I Need?” section on the Operations Qualifications page in eServices.

Checklist (Initial Requirements)

  • Be a current, active CAP member at least 17 years of age
  • Possess a valid FAA private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificate
  • Possess a valid FAA Basic Medical, FAA Class III, or higher medical certificate (not required for gliders)
  • Possess a current flight review IAW FAR 61.56

Checklist (After joining)

  • Enter your flight documents in eServices as outlined in the section that discusses Operations Qualifications
  • Complete the CAP Level 1 Course (Your Professional Development Officer can answer any questions you may have)
  • Complete Cadet Protection Program Training (CPPT) (This will be completed as part of the Level 1 course above)
  • Complete Aircraft Ground Handling (AGH)
  • Coordinate onboarding flight with your mentor and unit leadership
    • Onboarding flight training can be flown on approved training mission
    • Reference CAPS 71-1 for more information
  • Complete the statement of understanding in Operations Qualifications.  The Statement of Understanding can be found on the Operations Qualifications page of eServices by clicking on “Prerequisites” in the left-hand menu under “Pilots”.
  • Once prepared for your CAPF 5 flight, schedule and fly
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