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An Experience Like No Other - Volunteer with EAA Flight Operations

EAA Flight Operations

By Margaret Viola, Air Tours Program Manager, EAA 711262

For those who love the sights, sounds, and scents of an aircraft hangar, the excitement of radial engines, and the sense of history surrounding vintage aircraft, there's no better place to volunteer than with the EAA Flight Operations Department! There are several volunteer opportunities available for various skills and interests.

Pioneer Airport

Step back into Aviation's Golden Age at Pioneer Airport, the living history airport nestled just behind the EAA AirVenture Museum. Operational from early May through the first weekend in October, Pioneer Airport offers seven hangars filled with aircraft that helped shape aviation history. Pioneer also offers flight experiences in Vintage biplanes and Young Eagles flights from its grass strip. Volunteer positions at Pioneer include office assistance (though the "office" at Pioneer is anything like modern office space - part of the Vette Hangar, it boasts the pleasant feel of aviation's early days). Also needed are volunteers to drive the tram that runs between the museum and Pioneer Airport, and perform ground crew duties as needed.

Weeks Hangar

Just across Wittman Regional Airport from the museum is the Kermit Weeks Hangar, where EAA's team of experienced mechanics maintain EAA's active aircraft year-round. The Weeks Hangar volunteer program offers the opportunity to perform hands-on work relating to aircraft maintenance and restoration. The hangar is open for volunteer involvement each Wednesday evening from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hosting a Tour Stop

This is also a great time to consider hosting one of EAA's ambassador aircraft, the Ford Tri-Motor and B-17. To learn more about hosting opportunities, please check out: www.flytheford.org and www.b17.org.

B-17 and Tri-Motor Crew:

Stay tuned for future updates on how to support these programs as we continue to shape these volunteer pathways!

For more information, contact Liz Tellock, EAA Volunteer Coordinator, at ltellock@eaa.org, EAA 746288.

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