Private Pilot Volunteer - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (Group 6 Central West)

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


National Guard Armory911 S. Chance Ave.Fresno, CA 93702


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:

Fresno Composite Squadron 112 meets Thursday’s at 6:15 pm at the National Guard Armory - 911 S. Chance Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.

Merced County Composite Squadron 147 meets Thursday’s at 7:00 pm at the Castle Airport Terminal Building -1900 Airdrome Entry, Atwater, CA 95301.

Edwards AFB Composite Squadron 84 meets Tuesday’s at 6:00 pm at the Edwards Air Force Base -1518 Forbes Road (Bldg 1850), Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Visitors from off base without existing base access will need to contact the squadron in advance to arrange for a visitor pass.

Pancho Barnes Composite Squadron 49 meets Tuesday’s at 6:00 pm at the Rosamond Skypark Airport - 4205 Knox Ave, Rosamond, CA 93560.

Bakersfield Composite Squadron 121 meets Wednesday’s at 7:00 pm at the Meadows Field Airport -1975 Airport Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

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. You'll get a chance to meet 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.

While the central focal point of our effort is training and preparation of aircrew for the California Wing fleet, there are many roles available to non-flying members such as radio communications, logistics, planning, and mission staff participation.

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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