Are you a pilot who'd like to use your flying skills to advance aviation interest and safety through education and emergency services? Are you a pilot with your Private license or higher? Do you want to do something worthwhile with those skills and pass your love of flying onto a new generation? Perhaps you are not a pilot but would be willing to climb aboard a small aircraft and perform a visual search of the terrain below....
The Civil Air Patrol flies "Missions For America" using one of the largest civil aircraft fleets in the world. Maintained to Air Force standards, Carroll Squadron's Cessna 172 flies over 200 hours every year, most of which are paid for while our volunteers fulfill various Missions For America. If you have the skill and the desire to give back to aviation, we'd like you to fly with us.
To get started as an aircrew member with the Civil Air Patrol, you must first become one of our volunteer members. If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact our squadron.
CAP Cares About Its Safety Record and the Success of its Pilots!
Though there are risks in flying just as there are risks in driving or even walking across the street, Civil Air Patrol members work very hard to conduct operations safely and protect our members, customers, and the resources we are provided.
- CAP’s safety record is on par with or better than many commercial operations, and is often touted as the role model example for a general aviation flying program.
- Civil Air Patrol requires its pilots to do more than what is in the Federal Aviation Regulations before they can fly for us.
- Civil Air Patrol pilots receive additional training and flight evaluations just to fly the aircraft, and also must complete specialized training before they can fly missions for us like cadet orientation flights or search and rescue sorties.
- Every pilot is re-evaluated on a regular basis, and CAP pilots are also encouraged to participate in structured proficiency flying to improve their skills.
- CAP has hundreds of instructors who have completed factory training on the use of new equipment and they also present this training to local members. This training ensures that our pilots are proficient in the use of the technology available to fly safely, but also, that they are prepared and practice operating their aircraft should this technology fail.
- Civil Air Patrol also goes above and beyond federal requirements for maintaining and equipping its aircraft.
- CAP aircraft are flown frequently, inspected regularly, and maintained to the highest standards in the industry.
- CAP contracts with aircraft maintenance facilities who have proven records of high-quality maintenance and we ensure that they continue to adhere to industry and FAA maintenance standards.
- CAP works daily with Cessna factory representatives to ensure that we have up-to-date information on aircraft system malfunction trends and CAP informs the field of all safety concerns and service bulletins.
- CAP’s safety program requires an analysis of every in-flight system failure or ground mishap and actions must be taken to prevent recurrence, no matter what the cause.
- CAP’s discrepancy tracking system used in conjunction with the knowledge of experienced flight release officers greatly reduces the risk of an aircraft with a known malfunction being cleared for flight.