image3Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education efforts focus on two different audiences: volunteer Civil Air Patrol members and the general public.  The programs ensure that all Civil Air Patrol members (seniors and cadets) have an appreciation for and knowledge of aerospace issues.  To advance within the organization, members are required to participate in the educational program.  Aerospace educators at Civil Air Patrol’s National Headquarters (Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.), provide current materials that reflect the highest standards of educational excellence.  Aerospace education is provided in our squadron and to the community.

Aerospace Education in our Squadron

The internal aerospace education program has two parts: cadet and senior. Cadets complete aerospace education as one of the requirements to progress through the  achievement levels of the cadet program. Senior members have a responsibility to become knowledgeable of aerospace issues and the AE program that Civil Air Patrol provides. They are further encouraged to share the information obtained with their local communities and school systems.To learn more about CAP’s aerospace education programs, products, and other resources available to our members, go to

Aerospace Education to the Community

Civil Air Patrol’s community-based programs are conducted through our nation’s educational system.  Each year, Civil Air Patrol sponsors many workshops in states across the nation, reaching hundreds of educators and thereby thousands of young people.  These workshops highlight basic aerospace knowledge and focus on advances in aerospace technology.  Civil Air Patrol’s aerospace education members receive more than 20 free aerospace education classroom materials.

Are you an educator?

Join as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and enjoy many free aerospace educational opportunities ranging from receiving lesson plans to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft. This unique membership category is designed for educators or others involved in promoting aerospace education in classrooms, museums, or other youth organizations. To learn more about membership and opportunities available to members, go to