Letter to Prospective Pilots [Download]

AFC Volunteer Pilot’s Minimum Qualifications/Requirements.

  • 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.

 AFC Volunteer Pilot Application