Private Pilot Volunteer - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (Group 1 South West)

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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Santa Monica Airport3200 Airport Ave, #7Santa Monica, CA 90405


The Squadrons of California Wing, Civil Air Patrol are looking for Private Pilots to become part of our all volunteer non-profit organization chartered by Congress as the US Air Force Auxiliary.

Do you have a desire to volunteer and serve your community a few evenings per month? Do you have an interest in becoming part of a Search & Rescue organization that saves numerous lives every year throughout Southern California and the United States? As a volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol you can participate in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; Search and Rescue training exercises (SAREX’s); and disaster relief efforts as part of the Auxiliary to the United States Air Force. The Civil Air Patrol also participates with other disaster relief and governmental organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, DoD, FEMA and Cal EMA office of emergency services.

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.

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.

The following local Squadrons are constantly training and preparing their members for the skills necessary to provide emergency services to the public in a time of need:

Clover Field Composite Squadron 51, a growing family that can use and welcomes your skills and abilities. The Squadron meets 7:00 pm on Thursdays at the Santa Monica Airport - 3200 Airport Ave, #7, Santa Monica, CA 90405.

San Fernando Squadron 35 meets the first three Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 at Whiteman Airport- 12653 Osborne St., Pacoima, CA. (Note that there are TWO signs which say 12653 Osborne. Use the entrance to the WEST of the LA County Facility.)

South Bay Squadron 129 meets Monday’s at 7:30 PM at Zamperini Airfield (TOA) 2853 Airport Dr. Torrance, CA. To visit Squadron 129, arrive at the Torrance Airport East Gate by 7:15pm and call 310-539-3422. A CAP member will come and escort you to our hangar.

Hawker Squadron 128 meets meet every first, second and fourth Monday of the month, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at 7800 Hayvenhurst Avenue, Van Nuys, CA 91406 adjacent to Runway 16R at the Van Nuys Airport.

We invite and welcome you to be our guest for an evening at one of our weekly squadron meetings. When you arrive, one of our members will give you a tour of CAP facilities. You'll also get a chance to meet some of our members who will discuss the organization and provide you with informational pamphlets and accompany you for the evening to answer any questions you might have about the Civil Air Patrol.


  • Strong organizational skills, people, and communication skills.
  • Aged 18 or older.
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service.

Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to join.




  • Transportation
  • Disaster Response
  • Strategic Planning
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Search & Rescue
  • Operations

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers meet weekly at their local Squadrons

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