"The branch of general education concerned with communicating knowledge, skills and attitudes about aerospace activities and the total impact of air and space vehicles upon society."

New Jersey Wing Aerospace Education Staff

Michael Castania, Lt. Col.
Director of Aerospace Education

Kathy Francis, Capt.
Director of Aerospace Education/External Programs

Anna Filipkowski, 1st Lt
Director of Aerospace Education/Internal Programs


Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Main Page 

Aerospace Education Officer (AEO) Resource page

AEO School

AE Plan of Action

AE Activity Reports

AEO Training

Duty Overview

Successes and Best Practices

NJ Wing Aerospace Education Member Brochure

AEO Toolkit Slides 

New CAPR 50-1 (Effective 1 May) Please note Attachment 1, 2, 4, & 5





For CAP Senior Members

The Internal AE Program, as detailed in CAPR 50-1, details CAP’s Aerospace Education program for both senior members and cadet members. This regulation covers all NHQ AE mandates

The Aerospace Education Program for Senior Members should be an integral part of every senior member’s CAP experience. It consists of five elements:

The Yeager Test

This element is a self-paced study based on the Textbook Aerospace: The Journey of Flight. All senior members have the responsibility to read and become knowledgeable with the content of this text. Once members are ready to take the Yeager test, they can do so on-line within eServices or using offline paper-based options. Members are encouraged to take the test on-line. Members completing any of the options will receive the Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award and are authorized to wear the Yeager Award ribbon. 

Aerospace Education Management Skills Development

This element involves the orientation and training of unit AEOs. The CAPP 215 specialty track, developed specifically for AE staff professional growth, is available on the CAP website. 

The specialty track consists of three phases: Technician; Senior; and Master. All three phases are evaluated by a written examination (available on-line at the links below) and by demonstrated performance. Achievement of the Technician rating in the Aerospace Education Officer Specialty track authorizes the wearing of the AE badge.

Technician Rating Test
Senior Rating Test
Master Rating Test

A bronze star is added to the AE badge upon achievement of the senior rating. A gold star replaces the bronze star after achievement of the Master rating. When the Master specialty track rating is earned and the CAP member is an active aerospace education officer, as certified by the commander, the CAP member will be awarded the A. Scott Crossfield Award.

Aerospace Education Leadership Requirements

The Aerospace Education Officer’s Handbook outlines the leadership required for the AE portion of the CAP mission. The term “leadership” applies to every CAP member and specifically to commanders and AE officers. Commanders at all levels should demonstrate support for the AE mission and staff each authorized AE position with individuals who conduct and support aerospace education in the unit. Region, wing, unit commanders and AE officers provide leadership and assistance to ensure an effective AE program. Note: please consult CAPR 50-1 for the current submission dates for POA, AE Activity Report, and AE Awards.

Individual Aerospace Continuing Education

This element establishes the obligation for each senior member to create his/ her own individual continuing education program on aerospace topics. Every member has a personal obligation to sustain a level of aerospace knowledge that will ensure a strong professional organization. Reading professional magazines, journals, and books is a way to achieve this element. Unit AEOs can facilitate individual continuing aerospace education by conducting aerospace education programs including such things as hands-on activities, guest speakers, and field trips.

Aerospace Education Outreach

This element makes it the responsibility of all senior members, and not just unit AEOs, to promote aerospace education within CAP and in their communities. Visiting schools, talking with educators and school administrators, giving school presentations, writing newspaper articles and directing a unit hands-on activity are among those examples that exemplify the fulfillment of this element. The CAP external aerospace mission emphasizes community outreach. The unit AEO should foster relationships with schools and teachers, homeschools, youth groups, aviation related groups/organizations, community organizations, local airports, etc.

Aerospace education is also a major part of the cadet program. Cadets study aerospace books and perform hands-on aerospace activities in a group or by themselves. Cadets must complete formal aerospace education requirements to progress through the various achievements of the cadet program. Cadets must complete staff duty analyses, one of which is Aerospace Education Officer, and serve as aerospace mentors to other cadets. CAPR 52-16, Cadet Program Management, defines the cadet program and outlines the aerospace education requirements.

For CAP Unit Aerospace Education Officers (AEO)

The job of the unit (Squadron) AEO is to support the aerospace education mission of CAP within the unit (internal) and to promote aerospace education to the general public (external).

The CAP internal aerospace mission encompasses aerospace education for the cadet and senior member. The unit AEO must understand what cadets need to do to satisfy their requirements and must strive to present aerospace education as a fun, esteem-building experience. The unit AEO must encourage seniors to learn about aerospace so that they may in turn serve as mentors and role models for the cadets and to support the external aerospace education program.

Aerospace Education Officers

AE Publications and Forms

AEO Grants

AEX for Senior Members

AEO Awards

An important part of CAP's external program is the AerospaceEducation Member (AEM) Program. This exciting program is designed primarily for teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade who want to promote aerospace education in their schools using CAP educational products and resources all for a single, one-time, $35 annual membership fee.

AEM recruitment is vital to the growth of our AE programs. Have your cadets present the AEM program to their teachers and youth leaders.