CAP Pilot Qualifications

FAA certificated pilots can become CAP pilots subject to the following requirements. CAP pilots do not fly in exercises and missions, but may fly CAP aircraft for training and to maintain personal currency. Note: G1000 privileges have special training requirements. For your first step in G1000 training, take this online familiarization course:

  1. Be an active CAP member at least 17 years of age having completed a minimum of Level 1 training.

  2. Possess a valid FAA private, commercial, or airline transport pilot certificate.

  3. Possess a current Class III or higher medical certificate (not required for gliders).

  4. Possess a current Fight Review as specified in FAR 61.56.

  5. Complete an annual CAP Form 5 written examination and annual aircraft questionnaires for each aircraft authorized to fly.
    The written exam covers CAPR 60-1 and is available in eServices under the "Online Aeronautical Education" menu item.

  6. Satisfactorily complete a CAP Form 5 flight check (similar to a Flight Review) within 60 days of accomplishing step 5 (above).

  7. Develop a habit of washing the bugs off of all leading edges after every flight. You should know where the supplies are.

    Avoid using circular motions when cleaning the windscreen. Use straight strokes, turning the CLEAN, COTTON CLOTH frequently.

If you have additional questions contact Russ Still.

The qualifications to become a Transport Mission Pilot are: During authorized Emergency Services missions, CAP Transport Pilots may transport CAP members, ferry aircraft, fly “high bird” communication sorties, and transport parts or equipment needed for missions. 

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.

  2. Be a current and qualified CAP pilot in accordance with CAPR 60-1, with at least 100 hours pilot in command time including at least 50 hours of cross-country flying.

  3. Be General Emergency Services qualified.

Qualifications to become a Search and Rescue/Disaster Relief  Mission Pilot  – Once becoming a CAP Pilot and attaining 175 hours PIC time with 50 hours of cross-country time one can start training to become a SAR/DR Mission Pilot.

  1. Qualified Transport Mission Pilot

  2. At least 200 hours pilot in command time and 50 hours of cross-country flying

  3. Qualified Mission Scanner (and an unofficial requirement, Mission Observer status)

  4. Complete all requirements listed in the most current version of the Aircrew and Flight Line Task Guide for MP.

For more specifics on becoming a Mission Pilot, refer to the SQTR requirements available in eServices.