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Want to know how to get involved? …Look no further!
Vintage aviation, and the ‘Warbird’ industry is an incredible facet of aviation. Not just for the amazing aircraft involved, but for the history that comes with them.
Aircraft like the Spitfire and Hurricane are Icons of British History, and it is so important that we keep these aircraft flying for the next generations. Many of these organisations are run with volunteers, which provides an incredible opportunity to play a part in the running of these inspiring aircraft.
Some of the duties you could be doing as a volunteer are:
All of these are amazing opportunities to get involved and learn so much about aviation! (As well as meet some incredible people)
There is usually an age limit to volunteer, and there may be other stipulations like minimum days a month of volunteering, you may have to keep specific days free etc. Furthermore, operators may also offer the opportunity to do work experience or apprenticeships, so do ask if they have any options for this if you are interested!
Step 1: Find an operator near you that takes volunteers. You can usually find out through Googling, and a quick phone call.
Please see a couple of operators who accept volunteers below
Step 2: Let them know you are interested. Companies don’t take on volunteers all year round, so it is important to register your interest. I recommend finding the ‘operations’ email address (or calling if you don’t know who to email) and sending a cover letter type email letting them know why you’re interested, and a bit about yourself. If you can pop in and get talking to show your interest and passion.
Step 3: If the company is taking on volunteers, it is likely they will give you a call or ask you to come in for an informal chat to get to know you better.
Step 4: If you are successful so far, it is probable you will be invited for a training day! This is an exciting time! You will start to learn lots of new skills and will be surrounded by lots of enthusiastic, likeminded people.
Would you like to fly Warbirds?
There is no single route into this part of the industry! And seats are coveted by many pilots. However, there is no reason why one of those Spitfire Pilots (or other warbird of your choice) cannot be you.
Basic requirements are: a commercial fixed wing licence (to do the SSAC passenger flights) a proved dedication to the warbird industry, and lots of tailwheel time!
Never be afraid to ask questions if this is one of your goals. Every operator and pilot will have different view on the process of selecting pilots, and what is required.
Spitfires.com has a fleet of owned and managed Spitfires. There are numerous different experiences available for each aircraft including Two seat Spitfire passenger flights, Spitfire pilot training and Spitfire simulator experiences that give non pilots the chance sit in and fly the Supermarine Spitfire.
We are Aerial Collective. We are a collective of people, talents, flying machines and places, all striving to achieve one common goal: to allow those who seek it the rare opportunity to have their senses engulfed as they soar above the clouds and into living history. Through our engineering and flying expertise, they will experience a blur in the line between man and machine and, in doing so, join the collective.
T6 Harvard Ltd is an organisation created to promote Warbirds, Air shows, History, Aerial sport, and leisure aviation and allow customers of T6 Harvard Ltd to experience cost-effective warbird flying. We aim to attract new Warbird pilots, trainees, and enthusiasts. T6 Harvard Ltd (Warbird Experience) wants to expose pilots and enthusiasts to warbirds through training and education.
Tiger Flights We’re on the look out for passionate volunteers to join our Tiger Flights family.
We have a range of roles that would suit volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. And you don’t have to have encyclopaedic knowledge of Tiger Moths. Just a willingness to learn as full training will be provided and as much time as you’d like to give us.