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Volunteer sUAS Pilot / Drone Pilot - Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary (Group 1-128)

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California Wing Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary

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The Squadrons of California Wing, Civil Air Patrol are looking for enthusiastic sUAS Pilots / Drone Pilots to become part of our all-volunteer member supported non-profit organization chartered by Congress to be 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 sUAS Pilot, CAP has plenty of opportunities for you. The demand for sUAS Pilots continues to grow as military and law enforcement seek to use the latest technological advancements to aid their support operations. CAP operates the largest sUAS program in the United States encompassing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The CAP sUAS program is a rapidly growing program and consists of over 1,200 airframes and is projected to have more than 1,000 FAA Part 107 sUAS Pilots.

A background in emergency services or disaster relief is not necessary. As a volunteer member of Civil Air Patrol you will begin training to perform some of the organizations most important work. We are seeking dedicated long-term volunteers to grow your skills as members of our team. CAP is also a great place for you to meet and volunteer with people who share your interest in sUAS’s and want to use their skills in a meaningful way.

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

Hawker Squadron 128 meets the 1st, 2nd and 4th Mondays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at The Park VNY, 7900 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

We invite 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.


  • Aged 18 or older.
  • Willingness to become a member of the Civil Air Patrol.
  • FAA Part 107 preferred, or able to become FAA Part 107 qualified.
  • Strong organizational skills, people, and communication skills.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Enthusiasm for community service.

Veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to join.



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Mission Statement

The Civil Air Patrol is the official United States Air Force Auxiliary. With more than 56,000 members, 1700 units, and over 4,700 active aircraft it is by far the largest organization of its kind. The Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for over 60 years. Emergency Services - The Civil Air Patrol performs Search & Rescue missions and Disaster Relief, provides assistance to the Office of Emergency Services for transportation of personnel, rescue equipment, blood donations etc.). Aerospace Education - The Civil Air Patrol educates its members and the general public about aviation and aerospace. Cadet Programs - The Civil Air Patrol runs a comprehensive program for youth (12-21) with skill and leadership-building activities, introduction to flying, aerospace education and participation emergency mission training.


Civil Air Patrol is a civilian organization, however as the Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, it comes as no surprise that it is organized along military customs, courtesies and ranks.

Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed - in the air and on the ground.

As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.

Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members - preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.

Crisis Support
Disaster Relief
Emergency & Safety


We'll work with your schedule.


The Park VNY7900 Balboa BlvdVan Nuys, CA 91406



  • Mentoring
  • Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Advocacy
  • Critical Thinking


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Members usually meet one evening per week and on the occasional weekend for SAREX (Search & Rescue) exercises.
  • Must become and remain a member of Civil Air Patrol in good standing.

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