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CAP Form 5
    Being a Check pilot for the Civil Air Patrol is a very rewarding position and I grateful to have the priviledge to be able to perform this vital task. However...

While I am also eagar and willing to go flying, the number of CAP members that are showing up not ready is getting to unacceptable levels.

As a result, I have developed the following checklist to insure an effecient and productive check ride experience.

Please print this page and follow the flow to insure that you are fully prepared for your checkride. I do understand that this can appear to be a lot of information so please feel free to email me with your questions.

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    The Civil Air Patrol, in an effort to maximize safety and proficiency has developed an annual FAA style check ride for CAP pilots who wish to fly corporate aircraft. The check ride uses the same FAA PTS Standards you use when you take an FAA Check ride. You are required to be familiar with and proficient in each of the applicable maneuver in the PTS. It is recommended that you fly a “mock” check ride prior to scheduling to insure your paperwork and proficiency is up to PTS standards.

The Savannah squadron maintains a prepatory document that can assist in this stage of preparation.

It is important to understand that you have the knowledge of how to perform each of the maneuvers on the Form 5 / 91.

It is important that you are familiar with the emergency procedures.

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Paperwork Checklist
    3 Copies of your Pilot Records per CAPR 60-1, 2-8. (1. Pilot folder, 2. Check Pilot, 3. Personal Records)

  • Form 5 with the top portion on the front side, and pilot portion on the reverse side completed.
  • Copy of FAA Pilot Certificate, CFI Certificate, Medical, and CAP ID (Preferably on a single page)
  • Copy of documentation to show compliance with §61.57
  • Copies of most recent Form 5’s establishing qualification in each type of aircraft
  • Current copy of each completed aircraft questionnaire (Recommend you not obtain the answers from any living documents)
  • Copy of Form 5 online written exam certificate
  • Copy of current CAPF 91
  • Copy of statement of understanding
  • Copy of current designations (Cadet Pilot, Instructor Pilot, etc)
  • Copy of NCPSC Completion certificate (Check Pilots only)
  • Current copy of the CAPR 60-1 Including any changes and the Southeast Region Supplement.
  • Current Aeronautical Chart
  • Current Approach Plates (If seeking IFR privileges)
  • Logbook (including any necessary endorsements and proof of compliance with §61.57)
  • Aircraft Logbooks, Pilot Operating Handbook, and Aircraft Information File from the Aircraft you are testing in.
  • A flight release for your flight, and be in proper uniform
  • Completed Weight and Balance
  • Completed Form 71 (Completed just prior to the scheduled check ride, and information not obtained from any living document.)
CAP Form 91 required items.
  • Current copy of your 101 card (Must display GES, and Mission Scanner. Mission scanner must not be within 2 months of expiring. Must be printed within the last 7 days from MIMS!)
  • Current copy of your MIMS 101T for Mission Pilot (Must have all items except Form 91 block filled in. Must be printed within last 7 days. Must have 2 missions that are less than 10 months old)
Items not required, but very useful.
  • E6B or Equivalent
  • Current FAR/AIM (and other materials to assist you in locating an unknown answer)
  • Current list of Flight release officers from the GA Wing website (If you can’t get a release, we can’t go fly)
  • Current PTS (Available from your local FBO or downloadable from the FAA)
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Schedule The Checkride
    When you have your paperwork ready, then fill out the checkride request and we will work out a date and time.

Please keep in mind that a checkride typically takes about 3 hours (1hr paperwork/oral, 1.5hr flight, 30min post flight). And this is only if everything goes smooth. So when scheduling with me for your checkride, be sure to schedule a time that has plenty of room for overtime. I suggest planning a 6hr block so there is no rush to finish and be somewhere by xx:00 o'clock.

At this time, I am only available on weekends. Please request a weekend date, and AM or PM. Thanks.

Checkride Request:
CAP Form 5 (Be available for 5hrs, plan for 3hrs)
CAP Form 91 (Be available for 5hrs, plan for 3hrs)
Flight Review (Plan an extra 1hr)
Instrument Proficiency Check (Plan an extra 2hrs)
Req. Date
AM (9:00am) PM (1:00pm)
Pilot Information:
Pilot Cert #
Medical Date
Flight Review Date
Form 5 Cert #
ROTC Cert #
Flight Information (Hours):
Total Time
Single Eng PIC
Instrument (All)
Cross Country
High Performance
Time Last 30 Days
Time Last 6 Months
To help me better serve you, please provide any other information that you feel would be relevant:
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Pre-Checkride Appointment
    On the day before the checkride it is important to go out to the airplane and fill out a Form 71.

Once you have completed the Form 71, call or email me that the aircraft is airworthly. Without this confirmation call, I will not show up as scheduled! This is a required step.

On the day of the checkride you should show up about 30-45 minutes early. Use this time to unlock and preflight the airplane, and to bring the logbooks, POH, AIF, etc into the conference room where we will be doing the paperwork and oral portion of the checkride.

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Checkride Outline
    The oral portion of the Check ride will be approximately one hour. If you are also seeking a BFR, then allow for an additional 30 minutes so that we may get the CAP portion completed as well. You should be familiar with the 60-1, and Part 61 and 91 of the FAR’s. Be prepared to use the performance charts, and do a weight and balance. The flight portion of check ride will be approximately one hour. If you are seeking IFR privileges then allow for an additional 30-45 minutes so that we can cover these areas. Please remember that you need to be able to safely and proficiently fly to the PTS standards based on the pilot certificate you hold. You will be evaluated on your skills as PIC; you will be expected to have proficient cockpit resource skills and be able to handle everything by yourself including the radios, checklists, and ATC clearances, etc. Common weak areas include: Lack of safety Not using checklists, attention in the cockpit while taxing, and not performing clearing turns prior to maneuvers Ground Ref Maneuvers Not able to maintain ±100ft, 10°, and 10kts. Improper/Lack of wind correction in turns. Short-field Landing Incorrect speeds, flap settings, poorly planned approaches, & too low (not clearing the FAA installed 50’ obstacle at the runway threshold).

Please remember that once the Form 5 Check Ride starts, it must terminate with a Pass, Fail, or Incomplete (due to mechanical, weather, etc). The ride will not convert into a “training” flight.

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    The following are some of the documents that you will be needing for your checkride.

They are available here for your convienence, but it is important that you insure you are using the most recent form. Please visit for the most recent versions of these files.

CAP Form 5 Nov 2001 CAP Airplane Pilot Checkride Form
CAP Form 71 Feb 2000 CAP Airplane Inspection Form
CAP Form 91 Nov 2001 CAP Mission Pilot Checkride Form
CAPR 60-1 C1 19 Oct 04 CAP Flight Management (Inc. Change 1)
CAPR 60-1 SER Feb 2003 CAP 60-1 Southeast Region Suppliment
Form 5 Cklist Mar 2003 Form 5 Checklist (Superceeded)
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