Aerospace Education

CAP's aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer CAP members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all CAP members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at CAP's National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is divided into two parts: internal and external.         

The internal aerospace education program has two parts as well: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that CAP provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.    
CAP's external aerospace programs are conducted through our nation's educational system.  Each year, CAP sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  CAP's aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials. 


Join As An AEM

Join as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and enjoy many free aerospace educational opportunities ranging from receiving lesson plans to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft. This unique membership category is designed for educators or others involved in promoting aerospace education in classrooms, museums, or other youth organizations. To learn more about membership and opportunities available to members, refer to the links and/or video below.

If you are ready to join using our online application, click here. There is a one-time $35 membership fee. Each year, an educator member receives a free renewal if he/she wishes to continue using the CAP AE products.

If you still have questions, please email us at

* AEM PowerPoint Presentation- Introduction for AEMs   (Takes a while to open.) AEOs can adjust slides to meet individual needs.





Aircraft Ground Handling

An updated version of "Aircraft Ground Handling Training" will be implemented and ready for use on 2 Sept 14. Aircraft Ground Handling Training is essential to safe and effective aircraft movement and handing during ground operations and is required biennially (every second year) by ALL CAP members who perform duties in the vicinity of CAP aircraft. A web link to the Aircraft Ground Handling Training material is provided on the web site, located on the CAP Pilots web page in the "Training" section or simply click here to go directly to the "Aircraft Ground Handling Training" web page in the Learning Management System (LMS) Module in eServices.