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Pilot and CFI Volunteers -- Civil Air Patrol: United States Air Force Auxiliary

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The Squadrons of the Vermont Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), are looking for enthusiastic people to become part of our volunteer, non-profit organization, chartered by Congress as the United States Air Force (USAF) Auxiliary.

Do you have a desire to volunteer and serve your community a few days per month? Do you have an interest in becoming part of a Search and Rescue organization that saves numerous lives every year throughout the United States? As a volunteer with CAP, you can participate in Search and Rescue (SAR) missions; Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX’s); and disaster relief missions, as part of the USAF Auxiliary. Our organization also coordinates and works with other disaster relief and governmental organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, DoD, FEMA, and Vermont Emergency Management.

If you are a pilot, CAP has plenty of opportunities for you. We (CAP) owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft in the nation. The organization’s fleet consists primarily of Cessna 172 and 182’s, which CAP pilots are able to fly to perform missions in service of the USAF and local communities. Our pilots fly search and rescue, and disaster relief missions, among others at the request of government agencies and non-government benevolent entities. Our organization has the capability to transport medical personnel, supplies, blood, and live tissue. In times of disaster, we assess damage and can transport emergency personnel from site to site. When not flying traditional emergency services missions, cadet orientation pilots, fly orientation rides for cadets and teachers. Our pilots are also afforded USAF funded proficiency flights so as to maintaining their proficiency.

The aircraft of our fleet, are located at strategic locations throughout the state and nation, so as to be readily available when missions arise. Our members maintain these aircraft at the highest levels of safety and efficiency and have access to specialists for maintenance, safety, and training questions. As a CAP pilot, you will perform some of the organization’s most important work. Our organization is also a great place for you to meet and work with people who share your interest in flying, and who also desire to use their skills for the benefit of others.

The following local squadrons are in need of pilots and CFIs, and are constantly training and preparing their members for the skills necessary to provide Emergency Services to the public in a time of need. Contact us at opportunities@vtwg.cap.gov and note the squadron location closest to you.

  • Burlington, VT - The Burlington Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 355 Valley Road, South Burlington, VT 05403. The meeting is at our headquarters on Valley Road on the second floor of the hangar also used by the Vermont Flight Academy. Our door is the left-hand entrance. It is kept locked; you must ring the bell or call the number on the door. (Someone will come down and let you in.)
  • Berlin, VT - The Capital Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the CAP hangar at the Knapp State Airport in Barre, 2081 Airport Road, Berlin, VT.
  • Rutland, VT - The Rutland Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Rutland Airport, 1002 Airport Road, CAP Emergency Operations Center, North Clarendon, VT.
  • Bennington, VT - The Southern Vermont Senior Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Tuesday at 5:15 pm at the Bennington Airport, 1563 Walloomsac Road, Bennington, VT.
  • Springfield, VT - The Catamount Composite Squadron: This Squadron generally meets every Sunday 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Springfield airport, 13 Airport Road, North Springfield, VT.

While the central focal point of this ad is for pilots and CFIs, our effort is training and preparation of Aircrew and Ground Team Members for the Vermont Wing, and as such, there are many roles available to non-flying members such as radio communications, logistics, planning, and mission staff participation.

We invite and welcome you to be our guest at one of our squadron meetings. After you arrive, one of our members will give you a tour of the facility, ether before, or after the meeting. You will also get a chance to meet some of our members who will discuss the organization and provide you with valuable information, and will be able to answer any questions you might have about CAP.


  • Strong organizational skills, people, and communication skills.
  • Aged 16 or older for glider pilots.
  • Aged 17 or older for powered aircraft pilots
  • Aged 21 or older for Mission Pilots
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service.
  • Senior members who do not hold a pilot certificate may qualify to sit in the co-pilot seat as Mission Observers.

Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to join.




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355 Valley Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403, US

Mission Statement

Supporting America’s communities with emergency response, diverse aviation and ground services, youth development, and promotion of air, space and cyber power. It is a strategic partner of the Air Force, serving as a member of its Total Force. CAP has three primary missions -- Emergency Services, Cadet Programs and Aerospace Education performed by over 62,000 members. Visit gocivilairpatrol.com for more info. Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is congressionally chartered and operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. CAP performs services for the federal government as the official civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force and performs other missions as a nonprofit organization. CAP is made up 52 wings (the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia). The Vermont Wing executes CAP missions primarily in Vermont, and adjacent states, but members can go anywhere in the nation to serve on CAP missions such as hurricane response or cadet encampments.


The Vermont Wing offers exciting opportunities to individuals of all ages. We are headquartered in South Burlington with squadrons in Springfield, Rutland, Bennington, Montpelier, and South Burlington. Some squadrons have only senior members (ages 18 +), while others are composite with cadet members (ages 12 - 21) along with senior members who train and mentor cadets.

  • We supported Vermont Air National Guard providing airborne communications relays and targets for the jet pilots to train in intercepting low- and slow-flying aircraft.
  • Conducted four searches for overdue airplanes, coordinating aircraft and ground crews.
  • Participated in a large search and rescue and communications training exercise with the Vermont State Police Ground Team.
  • Provided aerospace and STEM education in state technology education centers, elementary, middle and high school campuses.
  • Our cadets benefited from powered and glider orientation flights. They participated in Wreaths Across America observations to honor the nation’s fallen patriots, and provided color party at parades, Lake Monster games, and more.


Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety
Crisis Support, Disaster Relief, Emergency & Safety


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At your nearest squadron:Bennington, Springfield,Rutland, Montpelier, orSouth Burlington, VT 05403



  • Mentoring
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Response
  • Transportation
  • Aviation


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Two or more days per month.
  • Senior members must present government issued identification, and be fingerprinted.

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