The Civil Air Patrol provides an eye in the sky to assist federal and local governments during an emergency. From finding a person who is lost in the woods to finding a downed air plane in the mountains and deserts, volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol see their mission simply as citizens serving their community.
Both pilots and non-pilots are trained in a variety of specialties to serve on an air crew.
These specialties include:
Mission Scanner – A Mission Scanner is the first air crew rating you will be trained on. The Mission Scanner provides the scanning functions for the left side of the aircraft, freeing the Mission Pilot to concentrate on flying. The scanner provides an additional set of eyes for non-mission activity – watching for obstacles while the airplane is on the ground, looking for traffic in the air, etc. The scanner also helps the Mission Observer by keeping logs of transmissions, photos, and other mission related events.
Mission Observer – The Mission Observer is responsible for running the mission. During flight, the Mission Observer communicates with other mission crews and bases and provides guidance to the Mission Pilot related to where the plane needs to be. The Mission Observer also has a scanner function for the right side of the aircraft.
Mission Pilot -The Mission Pilot is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of the airplane. Mission Pilots provide the platform for the Mission Observer and Mission Scanner to perform their functions.
These are only a few of the specialty ratings for Air Crews.
There are a lot of tasks that need to be completed during a mission. Having a well trained crew in each of the slots helps keep the crew safe and leads to higher mission success rates.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) conducts a variety of operational missions primarily in the areas of Emergency Services (Search And Rescue (SAR), Disaster Relief (DR)), Counter drug (CD), and Homeland Security (HLS).