PrayerFlight Pilots are required to have a current private pilot certificate and valid medical certificate as well as be current and proficient in whatever airplane they fly. To carry passengers, the pilot must be current as per FAA regulations. Each pilot certifies to adhere to FAA regulations and provide insurance coverage. PrayerFlight requires all missions to be completed safely and our pilots are in complete charge of the missions they fly. In accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the pilot is the final authority with respect to the conduct of each flight. The pilot is responsible for determining the safety of the proposed flight, as well as the fitness of the aircraft and his or her own proficiency.
All PrayerFlights shall be conducted in VFR weather only and should your mission coverage take you to an area that is questionable concerning weather or the pilot’s ability to continue safely, the PrayerFlight Mission should be terminated.
All PrayerFlight Pilots should check their route of flight for any TFR’s and updated weather prior to embarking on their mission. The Aviation Link on the left hand of this page is an excellent starting point.
Finally, please note that many of our pilots will have passengers who have never flown before or who may be apprehensive. PrayerFlight asks that you consider the comfort factor of your passengers as you make your flight and speak to them on general guidelines and tips for a pleasant experience.
“50 Capitals” Guidelines
To our “50 Capital” Pilots,
It is indeed our pleasure to welcome you to PrayerFlight and to thank you for your commitment to over-fly your state capital at 12:00 noon for our “50 Capitals” PrayerFlight. We want you to know that your participation in this “50 Capitals” project is unique as it is the only concerted effort of pilots and prayer warriors over-flying every state capital city, lifting up our nation in prayer during our National Day of Prayer.
As we reach out across our nation, speaking with pilots one on one, we have spoken with dedicated, excited, curious and friendly men and women who are ready to fly in one accord – to pray for our nation. Again this year we will have men and women flying all types of aircraft from ultra light machines, helicopters and airplanes over-flying every state capital from Maine to California, from Alaska to Florida, from Wisconsin to Hawaii, lifting up the greatest nation on earth to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
With this letter, we want to stress a couple of important points for our flight so that we are all operating within the same focus, guidelines and understanding.
Each participating pilot is volunteering his or her time to this mission and each participating pilot is responsible for the safe completion of the flight.
Each pilot shall check to ensure that weather conditions will not interfere with the safety of his or her flight. The design of a PrayerFlight is to allow on-board prayer warriors the ability to see the subject of his or her prayers and the majesty of God’s creation and therefore, a total IFR situation may not be conducive to our goals. The final go, no go decision certainly shall rest with the pilot in command of that flight and obviously weather conditions and a pilot’s operation within certain weather conditions must be based on his or her abilities and current ratings.
If your flight can not be made on our National Day of Prayer at 12:00 noon, we ask that you make the flight at the earliest convenient time, even if it takes going into the first weekend of May.
Safety of flight is priority and goal #1, and it is the responsibility of the pilot in command. Under no circumstances does PrayerFlight condone any flight or operation that is deemed unsafe or jeopardizes the safety of the pilot, passengers or innocent by-standers. The intent of PrayerFlight is to provide an avenue by which prayer warriors may safety and comfortably pray for our communities, states and nation in flight.
Capital City Over-Flights
As you have noticed, the name of our project is “50 Capitals”, meaning the capital city, not the capitol building; and it is not the intent of PrayerFlight to over-fly, circle, low-flight or otherwise cause concern, anxiety or alarm to any person or organization. We understand that many of you will be flying in special airspace over your state capital city and as such, it will be necessary for you to coordinate your flight with Air Traffic Control through a routinely placed flight plan and/or by adhering to any and all FAA Regulation(s), especially as it deals with airspace regulations. As an example, a flight that takes us over Columbus, Ohio (Class B Airspace) shall be handled as a straight-through flight after which we shall circle back around at the edge of the Class B airspace as we head back home. The flight shall be performed with an Air Traffic Control Clearance and as pilots, we all know with any decent visibility day, our ability to see and have our prayer warriors pray over the capital city can be done with ease, even from several miles away. Many of us will be able to see the seat of legislatures and many of us will not – remember, the intent is the capital city.
Post Flight Report
As we will be covering every state in the nation, it will be very important for our pilots to submit a Flight Report once you have completed your flight. This report will allow us to make a full report of our activities to interested persons and to gauge the success of this awesome endeavor; we believe that all of our committed pilots and prayer warriors will be excited about what they have experienced and will want to take part in future PrayerFlights. Again, we ask for your submittal within several hours of your flight if at all possible; otherwise, please forward your report as soon as possible.
PrayerFlight and the FAA
Throughout our planning, we have received a number of questions concerning “call signs” and Air Traffic Control. Airplanes that are flying the PrayerFlight mission are not authorized any special call signs. Pilots shall use there original “N” number as they would with any other flight. PrayerFlight desires to maintain a reputation of being a good consumer of our excellent Air Traffic Control system and as such, we do not intend, nor will we create any issues within the Air Traffic Control system. If it is not possible to fly directly over your state capital city, no problem; simply continue your flight around the capital city as your prayer warriors direct their prayers to the city.
Telephone Contact Information
As our mission date approaches you may find the need to speak directly to one of our board members and we encourage you to seek us out for any unanswered questions and/or comments. You may contact Kim Stevens, the National Coordinator at (301) 223-5676.
Again, we thank you so much for your commitment to fly prayer warriors over your state capital and we pray that God will bless you richly for your commitment to His Kingdom.