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ES What are the requirements to become a volunteer pilot?

  • Have an interest in environmental issues.
  • Have logged at least 1,000 hours as Pilot in Command (PIC) with an excellent safety record.
  • Own a suitable aircraft.
  • Maintain at least $1 million / $100K liability coverage, with LightHawk named as an Additional Insured and provide a Certificate of Insurance with a 10-day notice of cancellation clause to LightHawk upon annual renewal of your policy. (See more about insurance below.)
  • Provide a copy of your private, commercial or ATP certificate, and a copy of your current third class (or higher) medical certificate, a requirement when conducting LightHawk flights.
  • Provide us with the names of two or more references that we may contact, at least one of which is a pilot who has flown with you recently. 
  • Complete an orientation interview with LightHawk staff.
  • Provide photographs of the inside and outside of your aircraft and a photograph of yourself.
  • Agree to complete and keep current all necessary paperwork associated with being a LightHawk pilot. This includes updating your pilot file annually and completing trip reports promptly after all flights.
  • Agree to maintain all FAA currency, flight, and medical standards required under FAR’s and any additional currency standards as required by LightHawk, including but not limited to Annual recurrent ground and flight training as described in the most current revision of LightHawk Pilot Standards.  LightHawk volunteer pilots will attest to their compliance with all required standards by signing the most current revision of the LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Agreement, which additionally states that the pilot is not an employee or agent of LightHawk and is acting on his/her own behalf.