How to become a CAP Mission Pilot
Below is a step-by-step list of instructions explaining how to become a pilot in Civil Air Patrol.
- The first step is be a current CAP Pilot with at least 175 hours PIC and 50 hours of cross country time. (You can also be designated a Transport Mission Pilot at just 100 hours PIC and 50 hours cross country time.) You must also have earned the Senior Member Level 1 and be GES and OPSEC qualified.
- Take and pass the online test labelled "GES 117 Continuing Education Part 2." Download and print the certificate.
- Obtain a CAP BCUT communications qualification. These classes are offered regularly by most squadrons.
- QUALIFY as a MISSION SCANNER:
- Go to the CAP e-services website, download and print a Mission Scanner, SQTR training card and complete the “Prerequisites” section.
- Train for and complete all the Familiarization and Preparatory tasks. This can be done in either a classroom or one on one session. The trainer must be an approved Evaluator and follow the syllabus outlined in the “Aircrew & Flightline Tasks” bluebook.
- Train for and complete the Advanced Training portion of the SQTR. This training may be conducted during the required two mission flights. These flights may be conducted during either a Wing, Group or Squadron training exercise with a mission number.
- Process your completed Mission Scanner SQTR through channels and obtain designation as a Mission Scanner.
- Go to the CAP e-services website, download and print the Mission Pilot SQTR card, complete the “Prerequisites” section.
- Train for and complete all the Familiarization & Preparatory tasks. (see 4b)
- Train for and complete the Advanced Training portion of the SQTR. This training may be done on training flights conducted in accordance with approved training syllabus, a Wing or Group SAREX with a Wing approved mission number or an actual mission.
- Fly as a Mission Pilot trainee on two missions. These must be Wing approved Missions.
- Go to the National website, download and print a CAPF 91 checkride card.
- When your SQTR is complete, ask your Squadron Operations Officer or Commander to help you schedule a Form 91 check ride.
- Pass the oral and checkride!
- Enter all your Mission Pilot data into OPs Quals on the National website.
- Submit your completed CAP Form 91 to the Florida Wing Stan/Eval Officer, as you did your CAP Form 5.
- Submit copies of your completed CAPF 91 and SQTR through channels, as you did your Mission Scanner card.
- Provide your squadron with a copy all documentation and retain copies for your files.
Mission Pilot Questionnaire: