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Keeping the CAP Fleet Fit

FAA Safety recently published an article on how CAP keeps its fleet fit. According to the report, CAP flies more than 92,000 flight hours a year, and maintains a fleet of 551 single-engine piston airplanes on the line and ready for flight across 52 wings. That includes 190 Cessna 172 Skyhawks, 300 Cessna 182 Skylanes (including 14 turbos), three Cessna 185F Skywagons, 39 Cessna 206 Stationairs (including 26 turbos), 16 GippsAero GA8 Airvans, and three Maules.

There is a small team of employees at CAP’s National Headquarters and aircraft maintenance officer (AMO) volunteers around the country who manage the fleet. AMOs are not neccessarily FAA-certificated aviation maintenance technicians (AMTs), but they are still fully trained on that volunteer duty assignment. One of an AMO’s tools is an enhanced aircraft inspection checklist — CAP Form 71. The checklist is used to evaluate the overall condition of the airplane, verify the configuration, and to ensure compliance with both FAA and CAP regulations.

CAP maintains a centralized maintenance program for all scheduled and non-scheduled work to provide the safest and most reliable aircraft to meet all mission requirements. The consolidated program results in aircraft that are safer, airworthy, mission-ready, and better looking than before. Civil Air Patrol auxiliary airmen take pride in their aircraft and maintain them to a high standard. Their volunteers serve our communities every day, saving lives and shaping futures.

Learn more about how CAP keeps its fleet fit on FAA Safet Briefing website.

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