Pilot Requirements & Application

Letter to Prospective Pilots [Download]

  • Be at least 21-years of age
  • Provide transportation at no cost to AFC or those who AFC serves as an in-kind donation; and do so as a volunteer, not as an agent, servant or employee of AFC.
  • Hold, at minimum, a current and valid FAA Private Pilot’s Certificate as required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States of America.
  • Hold a current and valid FAA Medical Certificate, as required by the FAA
  • Instrument Rating (highly desired, not required)
  • Meet the FAA currency and experience requirements for flights flown under your certification(s) and rating(s); as required by the FAA and the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
  • 250 hours Pilot-in-Command (PIC) Time and 500 hours Total Time or 250 PIC and FAA Commercial Certificate
  • Log 8-hours as PIC in previous 90 days or 2 hours of dual with a certified flight instructor in the previous 90 days or 4 hours as PIC in the previous 30 days prior to a flight with an AFC passenger.  This requirement is for the current category, class and type of aircraft that will be used for flying AFC passengers.
  • 25 hours in make and model for single-engine and 50 hours in make and model for multi-engine/turbo-prop/jet
  • Assure aircraft is worthy; as defined by FAR’s
  • Carry $1 million total with $100,000+ per seat liability insurance or equivalent Non-Owned Aircraft Liability Policy; if aircraft policy does not cover the pilots.
  • Complete the AOPA Air Safety Institute online course, “Public Benefit Flying: Balancing Safety and Compassion
  • Pilot self-certifies meeting all FAA and AFC Requirements when requesting a flight and before each AFC flight
  • For Pilots 80-yrs-old and older, agree to have a safety pilot on board the aircraft for any AFC flight as part of a two-pilot crew.  As PIC, you will verify the safety pilot’s flying credentials.  The safety pilot must be less than 80 years old.
  • Submit proof of all documents required within 30 days of application
  • Annually agree to meet all current AFC Volunteer Pilot Requirements and to fly at least one AFC flight within each 24 months period.

Volunteer Pilot Agreement with AFC Requirements  (Download)

Online Pilot Application