Aerospace Education

The Aerospace Education Program of the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol provides aviation and space exploration related education and educational activities that are designed to educate, inspire, and instill an appreciation for and understanding of aerospace in our world.  This includes the various aspects of aviation including flight physics, aerodynamics, space exploration, technology, aviation history, and practical application of theory.

There are several programs for CAP pilots to improve their flying skills and earn Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings.

An integral component of our cadet program is aerospace education.  To progress in rank, a cadet must complete a number of courses relating to aviation and space exploration.  Cadets also have educational opportunities through museum tours, National Cadet Special Activities (NCSA), military and civilian orientation flights, and guest speakers.

Senior members may study aerospace through the Senior Member Professional Development Program.  The United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil AirPatrol encourages its senior members to learn abut aviation and its history.  Those who complete the Aerospace Education Program the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Award.

Through outreach programs, including the External Aerospace Education Program, the United States Air Force Auxiliary – Civil Air Patrol helps schoolteachers integrate aviation and aerospace into the classroom by providing seminars, course materials through sponsorship of the National Congress on Aviation and Space Education.  Members also provide their communities with resources for better management of airports and other aviation-related facilities, and promote the benefit of such facilities.

To learn more about CAP’s aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to  For information about joining as an aerospace education member (AEM) and to join online, go to