Becoming a CAP Pilot

What is a CAP Pilot?

Pilots are an essential part of all the programs in Civil Air Patrol. CAP pilots are authorized to fly CAP aircraft for personal currency and on offial CAP missions such as search and rescue, cadet orientation flights, homeland security, and more.


In order to become a CAP pilot, you will need the following:

  • Current membership card
  • Completion of Level I (see our new member page for details)
  • An FAA Private Pilot Certificate (or higher)
  • A current FAA Medical (3rd class or higher)
  • Familiarity with CAPR 60-1, CAP Flight Management

Detailed Instructions

Once you have the above requirements in order, contact the squadron or wing operations officer or see the additional resources section below.


Once you are qualified as a CAP pilot, you can work towards becoming a mission pilot. This is part of the emergency services program and you’ll first need to get your 101 card and follow the training for mission scanner and then mission pilot.

Additional Resources

  • Civil Air Patrol Aircraft Operations – National page for CAP pilot resources.
  • eServices – Log in and go to Operations > Operations Qualifications > Pilot > What to I need and enter your CAPID or name in the search box. You’ll then be able to see the requirements you already have and those you need to be qualified for a particular position.