The Civil Air Patrol
Civil Air Patrol is a benevolent, nonprofit organization performing humanitarian services on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. Today, 60 years since its inception, over 60,000 CAP volunteer members-- approximately 27,000 youth and 37,000 adults—continue to put general aviation to its best use through service in the Civil Air Patrol. They are dedicated to saving lives, flying counterdrug missions, participating in homeland security efforts, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America’s educators.
CAP’s assets and resources include, but are not limited to, 550 corporate owned aircraft, almost 4,000 member-owned aircraft, 950 ground vehicles and the most extensive communications system in the world. However, it’s most valuable asset is its volunteers. Including training, members log in excess of 100,000 flying hours each year. All CAP activities fall under three mission areas: aerospace, education, cadet programs and emergency services. However, the mission areas have expanded greatly over the past 20 years to include homeland security, drug interdiction and prevention,disaster relief, and tissue and blood transportation. Whether your interests lie in searching for downed aircraft, mentoring young people or providing aerospace education to America’s teachers, there is a place for you in CAP.