...Or Fly For Your Country
You can also volunteer to fly for homeland security and disaster relief efforts. Civil Air Patrol pilots fly those missions, as well as search-and-rescue and counterdrug reconnaissance. They transport medical personnel and supplies, and in times of disaster, they assess damage and transport emergency personnel from site to site. The CAP owns the largest fleet of single-engine piston aircraft in the nation. Volunteer pilots for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary also fly search-and-rescue, and they help to monitor fishing areas, patrol for ice, and support efforts to protect marine resources, such as coping with oil spills. Check with each organization for its standards for pilots to qualify.