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About CAP


The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a Congressionally-Chartered Public Benefit Corporation made up of over 58,000 Volunteers, specially trained in a variety of Emergency Services, to operate a fleet of over 535 US Air Force Auxiliary aircraft, available Nationwide, for Federal, State and Local Tasking.  Our Squadron currently consists of almost 50 Community members, including our Local Youth Cadet Program currently being expanded into the Truckee Tahoe School System. 



The CAP's Volunteer Members, including our Squadron, are available to assist Federal, State and Local Agencies and Authorities.  Our specialized training can and has been used in a variety of ways including Search and Rescue of Downed Aircraft and crew, Airborne Reconnaissance of Infrastructure such as dams or power grids, In-flight disaster and damage assessment such as wildfires or floods, aerial transportation of resources such as search personal and dog teams, or governmental agency personnel, Airborne Still Imaging in near real time with satellite downlink, Nationwide Communications Support with Aerial relay platforms, Incident Command System (ICS) qualified personnel available for local and state agencies to use in emergency services missions and disaster recovery including limited security using our trained Ground Teams augmenting local civil and military authorities.



Our Squadron's Senior meetings are on the second and fourth Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8 pm in the lobby of the Truckee-Tahoe Airport's administration building (Red Truck Cafe).  In addition, Cadet (youth) Members meet every Thursday at 6:00pm in the EAA building at the east end of the airport and often have special meetings dealing with current Aerospace related educational experiences along with the opportunity to learn and practice Leadership in a form similar to Junior Reserve Officer Training.  Senior members have the opportunity to participate in a Professional Development Program that includes Emergency Services Flight or Ground Crews and a variety of supporting services, all done as Volunteers, within the framework of FEMA's Incident Command System.  Our Radio Communications Center is located in the EAA building and our aircraft, a 2020 Cessna Turbo 206H with Garmin G1000 Nxi, is housed in the Phoenix Hanger on the east end of the flight line.



Founded in the early days of WWII by the Office of Civil Defense, the forerunner of today's Department of Homeland Security, the Civil Air Patrol took the task of protecting the Homeland, using privately owned and operated aircraft.  In 1948, the fledgling US Air Force took over the administration and training in order to create a much more cost effective and LOCAL resource and gave it the primary task of Airborne Search and Rescue within the Continental US, something it continues to do to this day.  Since the events of 9/11/2001, the CAP has been recognized by a variety of governmental agencies as a "go-to" help source.  These agencies include FEMA, Homeland Security (DHS), DEA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the US Forest Service and BLM, on a national level along with similar state and local agencies.  They recognize volunteer members of the CAP as being highly trained, secure, reliable, available and cost effective in the wide roles the CAP is playing today, both within the local community and outside it as well.           


Our Squadron Headquarters is located in the EAA building at the east end of the Truckee Tahoe Airport flight line.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
10356 Truckee Airport Rd
Truckee, CA 96160-3364


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