the Pikes Peak Senior Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol
– an active Civil Air Patrol flying squadron –
Volunteers serving Colorado and the nation by performing Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, and humanitarian missions and educating our citizens on the importance of air and space power.
Pikes Peak Senior Squadron, building the region’s finest force of citizen volunteers performing missions for Colorado.
Who we are…
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the civil nonprofit (501c3) volunteer auxiliary of the United States Air Force and chartered by congress to conduct three missions: Aerospace Education, Cadet Programs and Emergency Services (ES),
The basic organizational unit within CAP, a “squadron”, is a closely knit team of volunteers performing the missions lead by a Squadron Commander. Each member can volunteer in a number of capacities or skill areas. There is a role for everyone.
Currently led by 1st Lt Jenny Knellinger, Pikes Peak Senior Squadron (PPSS) is an all adult group focusing primarily upon the Emergency Services and Aerospace Education missions. On occasion, members also work with Cadet Squadrons in the Pikes Peak region for training and orientation flights.
The Pikes Peak Senior Squadron is part of Group 3 of the Colorado Wing. Colorado, along with several other mountain states is part of the Rocky Mountain Region.
What we do…
PPSS works closely with the U.S. Air Force, other CAP units and community first-responders to serve our local area, but frequently fly all over Colorado and beyond to accomplish our assigned missions. Our staff positions include not only pilots, but observers, scanners, airborne photographers, logistics, chaplains, radio operators…the list goes on.
PPSS membership is composed of aircrew (pilots, observers, scanners and aerial photographers), ground crew (team members with specialties such as medical assistance, radio communications or ground search and rescue), and mission base specialties. Although previous experience in any of these fields is a “plus” training is internal (with the exception of pilots who must be previously licensed by the FAA) using volunteer CAP instructors qualified in the particular specialties.
Staff officers are also volunteers with additional training or experience in specialties such as personnel management, finance, air or ground operations, public affairs, and emergency services.
Interested in being part of the team?
If this sounds interesting, challenging and fun to you, check out the details on the our Getting Started page. To become a member of CAP and PPSS, you will be required to fill out a CAP Form 12 (the Senior Membership Application), have your fingerprints taken, and pay the annual membership fee. Annual dues are as follows:
Yearly Dues Chart
| CO Wing
| PPSS (payable separately)
PPSS squadron dues are $20, payable every 1 October, or at the time you join.
As the official auxiliary of the United States Air Force, we have the privilege of wearing the USAF style uniform with distinctive CAP insignia. A suitable uniform is required when participating in CAP activities.
Talk to one of our officers or attend a meeting. For more information, check out the rest of our site, the state or national CAP site to find out more. Links are below. We welcome your enthusiasm, love of aviation, and heart to volunteer for a worthy cause.
You can review the initial training requirements here