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Ford Tri-Motor Volunteer Crew Chiefs Needed

January 23, 2020EAA is looking for a few friendly and motivated volunteer A&Ps with a passion for history that can help support our Ford Tri-Motor air tours. We operate these classic airplanes, among the first airliners in history, to share the romance and excitement of the Golden Age of air travel at tour stops all around the country, and we need your help. 

While these airplanes are meticulously maintained at our home base in Oshkosh, issues do crop up in the field, and we need volunteers to fly with the airplanes and help with everything from keeping them clean to repairing an instrument or swapping a cylinder. These tasks may also be performed with the guidance of an EAA staff mechanic who would fly out to the tour stop to help as required. You will be a well-trained member of a highly experienced crew that will always work together as a team to get the job done. 


We’re planning on building a team of volunteers, so that the time commitment would be limited to two-week periods, though candidates with open schedules would be welcome to spend more time on the tours. For those who are interested, opportunities exist for some right-seat flying time on nonrevenue flights between tour stops, though a pilot certificate is not required.


The ideal candidate is well-organized, good with people, and has a strong work ethic and a deep appreciation for our mission. While an FAA Airframe and Powerplant certificate is required, radial engine experience is a plus, but not mandatory, and we will provide all of the training that you’ll need. Applicants will be expected to pass a background check and a drug screening as appropriate. While these are volunteer positions, EAA provides all travel, hotels, and meals. 


This is a fantastic opportunity to travel back in time and see the country the way it was back in the ’20s and ’30s, all while helping support EAA’s mission of keeping aviation history alive. 

For more information, or to apply, contact John Hopkins, EAA’s manager of aircraft maintenance, at jhopkins@eaa.org or 920-426-4875. 

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