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ES Training - Aircrew

This page collects various details on training and acting as an ES aircrew member. See the ES Training basics first.

Training Tasks

All aircrew must:

  • Be familiar with CAPR 70-1 - CAP Flight Management
  • Be familiar with CAPR 60-3 - CAP Emergency Services Training and Operational Missions
  • Pass CAPT 117, Part 2 - Aircrew

Some aircrew must complete Introductory Communications User Training (ICUT).

Train to the standards in the appropriate SQTR and have that training signed off in Operations Qualifications in eServices.

Training materials specific to MS, MO and MP roles are available from the National Emergency Services Academy (NESA). Task guides list information about each line item in the SQTRs. The "text" is the textbook for learning the specialty qualification. The slides are the National-approved training material, though use of this specific material is not required.

MS, MO and MP training may be taught by any qualified evaluator but participation in a larger organized training event is strongly recommended. This will expose you to the mission base environment and part of the pace at which operations run.


Every aircrew member should have:

  • Fire-resistant flight suit and boots with appropriate accoutrements (i.e., nametag, grade insignia, command patch, US flag as noted in CAPM 39-1)
  • Survival equipment (e.g., vest)
  • Gridded aviation charts
  • Headset
  • Appropriate chceklists and forms with writing utensil
  • Aviation ruler or plotter
  • Up-to-date 101 card and CAPID

While CAP National allows nearly any CAP uniform to be used when flying, SAR/DR missions and training should always be done with proper safety clothing. A Nomex flight suit is highly recommended and is the standard for every aircrew member in Washington Wing.

Air Search in Washington State - WSDOT

Per state statute, actual air search for location of missing aircraft and electronic locator transmitters (ELTs) is managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation Aviation Division (WSDOT). Most air search personnel, aircraft and trainers qualified by WSDOT are CAP members. Any aircrew wishing to perform actual air search must take training courses taught by WSDOT qualified instructors.

Because CAP members are most of WSDOT's volunteer personnel, you can receive both WSDOT and CAP qualification. Washington Wing (WAWG) holds annual training in conjunction with WSDOT and these classes, consisting of classroom and flight training, are highly recommended. As of 2014, aircrew training tends to be held in the early part of the calendar year. Non-WSDOT emergency worker card holders must take an introduction course, usually held near the end of the year.

There are still many opportunities for CAP aircrews beyond actual air search. CAP aircrews may perform any CAP mission other than actual air search, such as training/exercises, homeland security, counterdrug and cadet/teacher orientation flights.

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