Lt Col Phillip Crawford
Aerospace Education Officer
Aerospace Education is a core mission of the Civil Air Patrol. Presenting courses and learning opportunities to both our membership and our communities, the Aerospace Education program offers the opportunity to learn about the exciting world of aerospace. From the past to the future, physics to psychology, terrestrial to extraterrestrial, we explore the rich variety of knowledge and disciplines that drive the aerospace industry.
Cadets and senior members provide a wealth of talent that can be drawn on for many different projects and events. Teachers may join CAP as Aerospace Education Members (AEM) and take advantage of many resources available through CAP, USAF, and NASA. Additional information about teacher’s CAP AEM membership is available on CAP’s aerospace education members page, and resources such as lessons plans can be found on the training resources page.
Please submit the annual report with required documentation of aerospace education activities to the TX Wing DAE (Director of Aerospace Education) by January 15. Be sure to provide a copy to your Group AE Officer when submitting and please document all Aerospace Events that your squadron participated in.
Per CAPR 280-2 all units are now required to submit an AE Plan of Action (POA) for the next calendar year. This should be submitted by the January 15 deadline also.
In The Squadron
The CAP Cadet Program fully integrates aerospace education in its model. Each phase of the curriculum offers exciting and fun educational opportunities, from guest speakers, to model building, to actual flight time in the CAP aircraft, to formal and hands-on classes. Cadets will graduate from the program having learned about the wide range of skills and knowledge that make aviation possible.
CAP encourages its senior members to learn about aviation and its history. Although not mandatory, seniors have the opportunity to join the cadets to hear guest speakers, go on tours, and participate in hands-on activities at the squadron. The Senior Aerospace Education program also presents the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Education Award to those senior members who decide to complete the online self-paced senior member Aerospace Education Program.
CAP’s Certified Flight Instructors also offer specialized education for CAP pilots to expand their flying skills, improve their safety judgment, and even add FAA ratings – all of which increase the squadron’s ability to safely respond to any tasking.
In The Community
Guided by CAP's 1946 Congressional Charter to "encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities," the External Aerospace Education program connects CAP’s expertise and focused curriculum with the local community.
CAP provides the community with a wide variety of materials that help integrate aviation and aerospace into their classrooms. This outreach program centers on CAP member guest speakers, hosted field trips, hosted science competitions and information fairs. The Aerospace Education staff can also provide focused experiences for groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America, 4-H, Indian Guides, Indian Princesses, and the like.
K-12 teachers also have the opportunity to join CAP in a limited capacity, known as an Aerospace Education Member. First and foremost, your membership opens the door to a rich collection of focused course materials and textbooks that help address the aerospace education need identified by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Additionally, an Aerospace Education Member has the ability to fly in CAP aircraft and experience a specially designed flight curriculum.