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Flying with the CAP

CAP aircrews hone excellent piloting skills through numerous missions. Over the years, CAP aircrews have provided assistance to numerous boaters in need. In addition, the squadron is tasked by the U. S. Air Force and other agencies for special missions. Other emergency services missions can include transporting medical technicians, lifesaving medicines and human organs for transplant. When disaster strikes, such as a hurricane, CAP provides emergency communication systems and gathers vital information for emergency management through aerial and ground reconnaissance.

The Civil Air Patrol offers many opportunities for volunteer service. There are numerous roles which initially require minimal or no prior experience. We provide training to develop skills for important roles of mission base staff, ground team, and aircrew. Some of the critical positions you can fill include:

Mission Radio Operator (MRO) – A ground based position which involves communication with the airplane while in flight or other CAP radio stations. Requires basic ES qualification.

Mission Scanner (MS) – An introductory but important flight crew position, where the Scanner sits in the back seat during missions and scans the ground looking for targets. Requires basic ES qualification.

Mission Observer (MO) – An advanced aircrew position which requires significant aeronautical knowledge and ability to operate the radios and navigational equipment, in order to assist the pilot. Requires Mission Scanner qualification.

Mission Pilot (MP) – The Pilot in Command (PIC) for all missions. Requires Mission Scanner qualification, Form 5 checkride, Form 91 checkride, etc. (see separate document on how to become a CAP pilot)

The squadron provides training for all of the above positions. Cadets are eligible for basic flight training, CAP does not provide basic pilot training for senior members. It is the personal responsibility of all CAP pilots to meet FAA requirements for currency in light planes including bi-annual flight review and medical certificate, and to meet the Private Pilot Practical Test Standards.

CAP Pilots have access to CAP airplanes for use to maintain currency of pilot qualifications. The personal expense incurred for using CAP aircraft is minimal, less than half of the typical hourly rental rate for a similar type of aircraft. The PIC is responsible for paying for the cost of the airplane. These cost may vary depending on Florida Wing charges and gasoline costs. Check with the unit’s Operations Officer for the latest rate. The airplane cost may be waived by the Air Force for actual missions, or by a Flight Release Officer.

 

Are you a pilot?

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If you’re a pilot, CAP has plenty of opportunities for you. CAP owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft in the nation, primarily Cessna 172s and 182s, and CAP pilots are able to fly those planes to perform CAP missions in service to their local communities. You can find the full list of requirements to fly for CAP under our Pilot FAQs.

CAP pilots fly reconnaissance missions for homeland security, search and rescue, disaster relief, and even counterdrug operations at the request of government or law enforcement agencies. They sometimes transport medical personnel and supplies and blood and live tissue. In times of disaster, they assess damage and transport emergency personnel from site to site. When not flying traditional emergency missions, cadet orientation pilots fly orientation rides for cadets and teachers while also maintaining their own proficiency.

The Civil Air Patrol’s aircraft are located at strategic locations throughout the nation to be readily available when missions arise. CAP members maintain these aircraft at the highest levels of safety and efficiency and have access to specialists at CAP National headquarters for maintenance, safety and training questions.


As a CAP pilot, you perform some of the organizations’ most important work. CAP is also a great place for you to meet and work with people who share your interest in flying and want to use their skills in a meaningful way.









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Membership Information

The Squadron Commanding Officer would be pleased to talk to you about joining our squadron.

Click here for a one page Fact Sheet on the Civil Air Patrol.
Or get our CAPabilities brochure.

A $200 contribution pays for a Patrol flight or a Search & Rescue flight,
or a Cadet/ROTC Orientation flight.
 
* Our Squadron is looking for volunteers to join our organization. We need members who enjoy the experience of helping to educate our youth and community and provide assistance to those in need of our services. Civil Air Patrol membership is voluntary and does not obligate you to join the Air Force.

* Senior Membership - Senior Members must be adults, 18 years of age or older. You do not need to be a pilot or even like to fly to be in Civil Air Patrol. CAP has ground teams and also positions in aircraft such as scanners and observers which do not require a pilot rating.
Get the application form and join us!

SENIOR APPLICATION FORM

* Cadet Membership - We have a Cadet Squadron. Young men and women ages 12-18 or their parents are welcome to contact the commanding officer for more information about the Cadet Program. Or just get the application form and join us!

CADET APPLICATION FORM


* How do I get information on CAP? - For information on how to join Civil Air Patrol or for other information about CAP, go to the CAP Joining page at JOIN CAP.

 
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Past Squadron News

[A summary by Lt Col Cynthia Dohm; newsletters collected by Maj Ron Gordon, our past Historian]
 

MICAP once published newsletters, which Ron Gordon saved, and we now have.  After perusing 11 newsletters, shown below are what I thought were interesting news items. 

January 1996:  MICAP’s 1993 Commander, Fritz Schaller, sells his house to Bob and Cindy Dohm. 

 

September 1996:  The Purple Martin Society requested that MICAP monitor the migration habits of the Purple Martin birds, in Collier County, by photographing their location and recording their estimated number.  Flocks of 10,000-15,000 gather and roost overnight.  The following day they fly to South America for the winter. 

 

September 1996:  Condee Electric installs electric power and repairs MICAP’s headquarters, a 54’ x 15 foot trailer at Marco Airport, free of charge. McDonalds feeds the entire crew who is setting up the new trailer.  Marriott donates 50 pounds of Turkish towel rags to use as a simulated downed aircraft during a SAREX.  Bumper sticker seen in Tampa:  "Do CAP a favor…Get Lost!!!!” 


October 1996:  Domino's Pizza and Island Café donate a 35mm Minolta camera to MICAP for the aircraft.  FLWG’s current Deputy Commander, Lt Col Luis Garcia, conducted the first National Check Pilot Standardization Course. 

November 1996:  Former Group 5 (was 8) Commander, Jim Spieth, starts a cadet squadron, Delta Flight, at the Middle School where he teaches Microsoft Excel. 

December 1996:  To make a search target for a MICAP SAREX, the Marriott donated 14 sheets, and Office Depot donated free paint.  MICAP negotiated for 1 ½ hours to place the target on an Indian Reservation.  On Veteran’s Day, November 11, MICAP performed 4 flyovers at the Marco Island blessing of 33 boats at Smokehouse Bay.  The Christmas pot luck dinner was held at the Marco Island YMCA.  MICAP sends FLWG $35/flight hour for maintenance and insurance. 

January 1997:  The location for the current MICAP hangar is chosen. 

April 1997:  Lt Col Charlie Dinsmoor, currently Naples Senior Squadron member, was Group 5 (was 8) Commander.  FLWG conference and banquet cost $50. 

May 1997:  MICAP Coastal patrol flights flown:  44.  Donations to MICAP:  Sailing Association of Marco Island $1000; Marco Island Women’s Club $500; and Sunrise Notary $500. 

June 1977:  CAP has 55,131 members; now 60,000. 

October 1997:  Ft Myers Coast Guard agrees to allow MICAP to initially contact them on Channel 21A instead of Channel 16. 

November 1997:  MICAP needs $30,000 to operate, flying a daily coastal patrol.  The aircraft flight log is required to remain IN the hangar, not the aircraft.  MICAP’s bank made an $.80 error on the monthly statement and awarded the Squadron $5 for the inconvenience.  Member statistics:  Naples Senior Squadron 70 (now 50); Naples Cadet Squadron 43 (now 55); Marco Island Senior Squadron 53 (now 51); and FLWG 3899 (now 3,487). 

The booklet of Newsletters is in the MICAP Personnel Office on the bookshelf.

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