The Catholic Aviation Association (CAA) will facilitate the establishment of a network of local clubs, known as Cupertino Aviation Clubs (CACs), to:
- Create faith-based, aviation related communities
- Pass on the legacy of aviation
- Provide the opportunity for involvement in aviation related activities
- Provide affordable flying
- Encourage certificated pilots to continue flying
- Enable Certified Flight Instructors to gain experience and build flight time
- Provide free ground and flight instruction
- Grow the future pilot population
- Enjoy the camaraderie of flying with others
These objectives will be accomplished using the principles of solidarity and subsidiarity. That means we are calling the larger community of the People of God to band together to create a central organization to support a network of clubs while leaving management of each club to the local members.
Practically speaking, CAA Headquarters will assist in the establishment of clubs and provide standardized policy, procedures and oversight to insure proper club management and maintenance of the highest degree of ethical and safety standards.
CACs may have different focus areas, including Flying (Gliders, Power Planes, and Helicopters), RC and Control Line Model Flying, Rocketry and Flight Simulators.
In the flying clubs, the centralized oversight will ensure that pilot proficiency levels are maintained so that pilots qualified to operate a specific type aircraft in one club will be able to operate the same type aircraft in another club without additional checkout requirements.
CACs, partially funded by donations to subsidize start-up costs and initial operating expenses, will provide greater access and affordable flying to the People of God interested in aviation.
Operating costs will be minimized by using a cost effective aircraft. The aircraft has not yet been selected, but it will most likely be a motor glider or Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). The intent is to have a common aircraft platform in all clubs in order to provide standardization in training and operation, and to enable mobility of pilots from club to club.
Ground/flight training will be conducted by volunteer FAA Certified Ground and Flight Instructors
Through these efforts, CAA aspires to help reverse the decline in the pilot population as well as to bolster the general aviation industry.