The South African Civilian Air Patrol is an organization created by a group of volunteer pilots, observers and ground support teams who identified the need for a civilian air wing in support of the general public, law enforcement agencies and the farming community. Civilian Air Patrol is not a law enforcement agency. Our objective is to fly surveillance, search & rescue and conservation flights or any other mission serving the community of South Africa. Civilian Air Patrol members will fly both proactive and reactive flights and members of the community with access to this system may therefore also request emergency aerial assistance through this platform and we will endeavor to accept and respond to these requests whenever possible. You can assist Civilian Air Patrol to increase our South African coverage by promoting our service in your
community. The more members we have, the more effective we will be!
We will soon also introduce a SMS feature. This will allow community members to request an emergency response with a short SMS. The system will automatically inform Pilots in the area and pilots will then also have the ability to accept the request through SMS.
Community membership, access and benefits
To ensure that we only receive valid mission requests and that we maintain legitimate membership, community members must be nominated by current community members and approved before they will be granted access to this system and receive the Civilian Air Patrol support. Pilots can also nominate community membership and you can therefore reach out to your local aviation fraternity for a nomination. Once community members are nominated and accepted, they may logon to this platform, update personal details and request Civilian Air Patrol support. Civilian Air Patrol will endeavor to keep all detail provided during final registration confidential and will never pass this detail to anyone other than Civilian Air Patrol crew members responding to a request.
Once the community member registration and acceptance is complete, a community member may request a proactive flight (non-emergency) or a reactive (emergency) flight through this platform. Civilian Air Patrol will endeavor to respond to any of these requests provided that resources are available to fulfill the request and the response is therefore not guaranteed. In the event that a Civilian Air Patrol resource is available to respond, the flight will be conducted over the location specified during the registration process. Our system will automatically calculate the distance between your registered location and all available Civilian Air Patrol members so that only those in range will be alerted regarding the request. Your details will therefore be handed to the response team automatically so that they know where you are and to establish communication if required.
Since Civilian Air Patrol members conduct these flights completely at their own expense without any form of remuneration, it is important to eliminate false or illegitimate requests. Community members with access to this service will be removed from the service for any form of abuse or misuse and the nominating member will be notified of this conduct and Civilian Air Patrol action.
Pilot membership, access and services
To ensure that we maintain a reliable and committed Civilian Air Patrol support team, Civilian Air Patrol pilot members must be nominated by current pilot members and approved before they will be granted access to this system. The minimum requirement to join as a Civilian Air Patrol pilot member, the pilot must have a valid pilot license or higher and a minimum of 250 flying hours. An instrument rating or a night rating will be preferred but not required. Pilots will always operate within the law, be in complete control of every flight and will be the sole decision maker before and during every Civilian Air Patrol support flight. The safety of the flight, the air crew and the public on the ground will be the pilotís only concern. An observer should accompany the pilot on every Civilian Air Patrol support flight to support the pilot with navigation, possible communication with people on the ground and will be the only crew member focusing on the flight objective.
Sponsorships and Donations
Civilian Air Patrol is a non-profit organization operating completely without remuneration. Our pilots donate their time and aircraft for this valuable service completely free of charge. We will however appreciate donations to maintain and operate this platform and to buy additional equipment such as radios to communicate with the community on the ground, night vision goggles to spot suspicious activity during the night, or any other equipment to make us more efficient.
Terms and Conditions.
When a community member or Civilian Air Patrol response member connect to our platform, use any of the services offered or provide any service related to a Civilian Air Patrol request, it will be deemed that these members have accepted and agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out below. Civilian Air Patrol may at any time, at its own discretion and without notice, amend these terms and conditions.
2. Roles, Responsibilities and Rights
Civilian Air Patrol accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss, whether direct or indirect, consequential or arising from air patrols requested or provided. Civilian Air Patrol is a platform used by community members to request air support or air patrols for various reasons and Civilian Air Patrol is simply a system relaying these requests to volunteer pilots prepared to accept and fly these patrols at their own risk and expense. Civilian Air Patrol can and will therefore not guarantee that these requests will be accepted and conducted. Civilian Air Patrol cannot in any way verify the legitimacy of any air patrol request received and relayed and pilots responding to these air patrol requests will act entirely at their own risk, own expense and in good faith without any acknowledgement or reward of any kind. Furthermore, pilots are under no obligation to accept and conduct any of these requests and it is done entirely at own discretion, expense and risk. Community members and pilots accepting Civilian Air Patrol membership and making use of any service, or offering any service, does so without any obligation, commitment, guarantee or risk by Civilian Air Patrol and Civilian Air Patrol can and will therefore never be assumed or accused to be responsible for anything whatsoever. Pilots accepting and conducting any air patrol request relayed by the Civilian Air Patrol will at all times ensure that they operate in compliance with civil aviation laws and regulations or any other law that may be applicable at the time and area of operation. If Civilian Air Patrol issues a recommended pilot operating procedure contravening any current law or regulation, then the law will always take precedence and should therefore be complied with. No pilot will represent Civilian Air Patrol in any form or with any person or organization unless it is authorised in writing by Civilian Air Patrol. Pilots will always ensure professional conduct and Civilian Air Patrol reserves the right to terminate any memberís membership without any prior notice and at its discretion.
Civilian Air Patrol accepts no liability whatsoever for any loss, whether direct or indirect, consequential or arising from information made available on this platform, services requested through this platform, services received through this platform or services offered through this platform.
4. Information Transmission
Whilst Civilian Air Patrol endeavours to protect the memberís information from observation by any third party during transit, use of the website is entirely at the member's risk. Civilian Air Patrol gives no warranties and will not be liable for any damage or costs the member might incur as a result of unauthorised viewing of the member's information. Civilian Air Patrol does not guarantee uninterrupted or error free information and/or the security of this website or that of any stored visitor data.
5. Intellectual Property
Copyright is applicable to all material on this website. Unauthorised usage thereof shall constitute an offence and shall render the offender liable to prosecution. The member may not sub-license, resell, republish (including internet posting, electronic mailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network, or in a printed form to third parties), reproduce, retransmit, disseminate, sell, broadcast, commercially exploit, adapt or circulate any information on (or accessed via) the website without the express written consent of Civilian Air Patrol (which consent may be refused at sole and absolute discretion).
6. Abuse of website
No person or member may use the website in any manner that could damage, disable, overburden, or impair any Civilian Air Patrol server, or the network(s) connected to any Civilian Air Patrol server, or interfere with any other party's use of the website. No person or member may not attempt to gain unauthorised access to any products, services, other accounts, computer systems or networks connected to any Civilian Air Patrol server or to any of the products or services through hacking, password mining or any other means.
The laws of the Republic of South Africa will govern these terms and conditions.
Civilian Air Patrol hereby consents and submits to the jurisdiction of the South African courts in regard to all proceedings, actions, applications or the like instituted by either party against the other, and in any way arising from these stated terms and conditions. In the event that any term or condition detailed herein is found unenforceable or invalid for any reason, such term(s) or condition(s) shall be severable from the remaining terms and conditions. The remaining terms and conditions shall remain enforceable and applicable.