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The primary goal of the CAP Safety Program is to protect both the membership and its assets in the performance of their volunteer duties.

All CAP members are required to be safety current.

At minimum, this means a safety briefing once per month, which are offered both at in-person CAP meetings and online in eServices.

New members are required to do the Introduction to Online safety course in eServices.

All units are also required to have an Annual Safety Day, which will include:

  • Safety Briefings

  • Aircraft Ground Handling

  • ORM (Operational Risk Management)

CAP Safety Beacon newsletter

The Cap Safety Beacon Newsletter is the primary means for communicating safety program updates, trends, and other items of safety interest.

CAP Safety Education Requirements are described in CAPR 160-1, CAP Safety Program, 1 November 2019.

All members must be in compliance with the provisions of this regulation in order to participate in CAP activities, missions, exercises, meetings and to operate or ride as passenger in any CAP aircraft or vehicle. This regulation prescribes the Safety Risk Management (RM) Program. As appended by other regulations, operating instructions, it defines the structure and philosophies of the Safety Management System (SMS) and the practice of RM.

Safety is a key element off the overall CAP culture.  

Use of the RM-based safety structure provides a foundation for the success of the CAP SMS. Members are required to be informed and practice the CAP safety RM program

Additional information about CAP Safety Education Requirements for all members and specific requirements for wing and group staff members may be found on the Safety Resources Page of the national CAP website.

Additional information about CAP Safety Education Requirements for all members and specific roles and responsibilities for squadron, wing, and group staff members are defined in CAP 160-1. Cadets and seniors are required to receive safety education during each calendar month. Units will provide members an annual review of the RM.

Medical Information for Activities

Any official CAP activity, while the member, cadet or senior, is in uniform, is covered.

Applicable state laws cover us.

It is important to note that the injured party:

  • MUST submit a Pennsylvania state form within 48 hours to the person listed on the form,

  • MUST use the state approved medical facilities and doctors, and

  • cannot use their own doctor.

  • CAP members are covered by state workers compensation insurance on authorized activities.

  • Except in a life-or-limb emergency, state-approved facilities must be used to receive this state coverage. 

EXAMPLE of a mandatory unit Safety Policy:

FAA Wings - Pilot Proficiency Program 
All pilots in the Pennsylvania Wing are encouraged to participate in the FAA Wings - Pilot Proficiency Program. The most significant incentive to participating pilots is the added level of safety and professionalism that is obtained through adoption of a consistent recurrent training program.

Pilots participating in the WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program to, at least, the Basic Phase need not accomplish the flight review requirements of 14 CFR part 61, if since the beginning of the 24th calendar month before the month in which that pilot acts as pilot in command, he or she has satisfactorily completed or currently holds the Basic or higher WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program phase in an aircraft (reference 61.56(e)).

Pilots who participate in the program throughout each year so as to maintain at least the Basic phase will always have a current flight review as the date for your Basic phase and corresponding flight review will move as you continue your safety education by participation in accredited FAASTeam activities and courses.


All WINGS - Pilot Proficiency Program activity and dates are conveniently tracked on

FAASTeam Industry Members may provide incentives awarding pilots for their participation in the program based on the phase obtained and/or maintained in the program. Check with your local aviation industry organizations, companies, and insurance providers for their current incentive offerings.

While the FAASTeam encourages FAASTeam Industry Members' participation in offering incentives, the FAASTeam does not require, regulate, or control such incentives.

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