Civil Air Patrol

The national Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Chartered by the United States Congress as a private, non-profit corporation of a benevolent character, its 56,000 members include 27,000 cadets aged 12 through 21. The CAP performs 95 percent of all inland search and rescue (SAR) missions and saves approximately 100 lives per year. It also provides aerial reconnaissence for homeland security, disaster relief and damage assessment, transport for time-sensitive medical materials, and counter-narcotics missions.

The Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol bases one of its sailplanes at Lake Village, Indiana. Many members of PFSAG are also CAP members. Charges for flights by CAP members are extremely reasonable and often funds are available to underwrite orientation flights for cadet CAP members.

If you are seeking assistance in beginning an aviation career then learning to fly soaring gliders with the CAP is an excellent way to learn the fundamentals of flight that every pilot, from ultralights to airline captains, need to know. Hours logged as flight time in a glider also count towards more advanced ratings in glider as well as other aircraft categories such as airplanes and jets. Please click here if you would like to learn more about available scholarships.

Membership in PFSAG does not require membership in CAP, and vice versa.

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