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Available AirVenture Volunteer Positions

Bendix KingThank you for inquiring about volunteer opportunities during AirVenture 2021.

We appreciate your support and willingness to volunteer for EAA. EAA’s volunteers are an essential part of the success of our operations during AirVenture, as well as throughout the year. Please review the opportunities listed below. We will be updating them often through the start of AirVenture.

New procedures will be included prior to AirVenture 2021 regarding to COVID-19 safety. Stay tuned for more details!


AirVenture Museum Counter
We would like to have individuals during AirVenture to count the number of visitors to the Aviation Museum. A stool will be available and the environment is air conditioned.

  • The museum is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • We have three shifts per day starting on Sunday, July 25, 2021 through Sunday, August 1, 2021 Shifts run from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • There are two counter positions per shift.
  • Responsibilities include counting each individual that enters the museum and recording that information on an hourly basis.
  • Donuts in the morning and lunches are provided (during volunteer shift).
  • Additional benefits (daily or weekly passes, parking passes) may be available depending on the number of shifts served.

To volunteer, contact Bob Havens at rhavens2@new.rr.com prior to June 19, 2021.


South 40 Flight Line Operations
The South 40 Flight Line Operations team is expanding again this year, and we have openings for the following positions:

  • Aircraft Parkers & Marshallers
  • Shuttle Drivers
  • Office Assistants

This is a special opportunity to join a new and growing volunteer team. You can be one of the first people to say, "Welcome to Oshkosh!" to pilots flying in from all over the world! No experience necessary! We'll teach you all you need to know.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with written parental consent)
  • Reasonably good health
  • A valid driver's license for scooter, Gator & shuttle operators
  • A positive, team-oriented, customer-focused mindset

The South 40 has some of the best views of landing and departing aircraft, an enthusiastic team of volunteers, and is a vital part of fulfilling EAA's No Aircraft Turned Away initiative.

To volunteer, contact Ed Myers at s40flo@gmail.com.


Learn to Fly Center
EAA is adding a new venue for AirVenture 2021. The Learn to Fly Center will be located on the Four Corners, on the intersection of Celebration Way and Knapp Street. This will be the go to location on the ground for visitors who have an interest in learning to fly. This is intended to be a one stop shop, so aspiring pilots can have all of their learn to fly questions answered!

Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about learning to fly, assist visitors as they get their first seat time in EAA’s Virtual Flight Academy simulator, help prospective pilots determine which pilot certificate is right for them, etc.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Passionate and energetic about helping people find their pathway to the cockpit.
  • Basic understanding of the flight training process. (Standard steps, different pilot certificates, basic medical knowledge, etc.).
  • Basic understanding of EAA resources (training will be provided).
  • A positive, team-oriented, customer-focused mindset.
  • Reasonably good health and willing to hold face to face conversations with visitors.

Webinar based training will be provided, along with a reference manual on site to assist all volunteers.

Other Information:

  • The Learn to Fly Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • There will be two shifts per day:
    • 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Lunch will be provided for those volunteering the morning shift.
  • Volunteers will be able to choose which area of the tent they would like to support, as availability allows.

To volunteer, contact David Leiting at dleiting@eaa.org prior to June 15, 2021.


AeroEducate Program Representative
Become part of the newest program in EAA. AeroEducate, a youth educational program, is looking for volunteers to help spread the word about this exciting program. We will teach you everything you need to know. Come enjoy AirVenture while launching an engaging youth program.

AeroEducate will need staff at four key locations during the airshow.

  1. Membership Tent at the 4 corners
  2. KidVenture
  3. Blue Barn
  4. Museum (climate controlled!)

Volunteer should be willing to:

  • Communicate clearly and answer questions about AeroEducate or AirVenture 21
    • Training around AeroEducate will be provided
    • An FAQ and information book will be created for reference
  • Describe aspects of AeroEducate in a fun and engaging way
  • Help youth sign up for the AeroEducate program
    • Able to utilize a kiosk, tablet, or computer
    • Will also provide directions for self-sign up to lower touch points
  • Inform guest of all activities they would be able to complete while attending AirVenture 21
    • List and map of all activities will be provided to each area
  • Be outgoing

Having a teaching background would make you an ideal candidate for this role.

To volunteer, contact Justin Payton at jpayton@eaa.org.


Appleton International Airport:
Volunteers are needed to assist with guest and visitor airplane parking at Appleton International Airport. Volunteers are needed to assist in parking planes in the grass areas of the airport and drive courtesy vans to bring visitors to and from the Platinum Flight Building. This is an opportunity to meet and be the first welcomer to visitors from around the country.

Responsibilities include greeting visitors, push, direct and line up planes. Volunteers must be 16 years old to work. Meeting and training to be held July 14 at 5:30 at the Platinum Flight Center, N259 Ares Drive, Appleton, WI 54914. This building is located in the south area of the airport off of Prospect Road. Contact Peter Mariahazy at 920-841-2965 or email Pmariahazy@outlook.com for more information.


Hangar Attendant Needed:
Hangar Attendant Description

  • Depending on assigned shift, volunteer will assist assigned hangar security personnel with monitoring access points prior to the hangar being open to the public starting at 7:30am and clearing the hangar for proper close at 5:00pm.
  • Monitor cleanliness of the hangar during hangar hours of operations and report any issues to the Indoor Exhibits Chairman and Co-Chairman.
  • Assist with any emergency communications to the exhibitors with in your assigned hangar per the direction of EAA’s Exhibits Manager.
Hangar Lounge Attendant Description
  • Maintain the coffee location per COVID protocol by brewing, pouring and dispersing coffee & condiments to exhibitors requesting a cup.
  • Monitoring and maintain cleanliness of the lounges during hangar hours of operations and report any issues to the Indoor Exhibits Chairman and Co-Chairman.
Shifts:
  • 1st Shift – 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Shift – 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Please reach out to the Exhibit Office – Emma Key, ekey@eaa.org, PH: 920-426-6566


Homebuilt Aircraft Workshops
Homebuilt Aircraft Workshops area is seeking volunteers to share their experience and expertise with fellow builders and folks new to building their own plane in the hands on workshops, demonstrations and classroom sessions that we do each year.

Your passion may be the key to start a prospective builder on their path to build their own airplane! Each year, almost 10,000 people visit the workshop and classroom areas and many are inspired to start building their own homebuilt airplane!

We’ll be presenting daily sessions in sheet metal, fabric, composites, welding, and wood construction, with hands on demos as well! In the Aeroplane Workshop we’ll be continuing on with the Sheet Metal, Cozy, Player Special, and Fabric Covering projects. We’ll have some great additions including Zenith aircraft returning to demonstrate how easy it is to build a Zenith aircraft during the entire week.

Please help the Homebuilt Workshops area make Oshkosh a great experience for all who attend! Sign up online at EAA.org/AVWorkshop.


Young Eagles Raffle Volunteer Information
If interested in volunteering for the raffle, here are the duties and requirements:

  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age, due to cash handling and raffle rules.
  • Handling money and using the credit card machines (Training provided)
  • Talking and explaining the raffle, rules, and prizes to potential and current participants.
  • Work at one of four locations for the hours at the locations listed below.
  • Friendly, outgoing and willingness to have fun are always welcome.

There are four locations and some events throughout the week that we will need help covering:

  1. Brown Arch booth hours are Monday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  2. Ford Tent hours are Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  3. Welcome Center location Sunday-Saturday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  4. Vintage Booth Monday-Saturday from 8:45 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer, email or call Jon Maxwell at talespin34@gmail.com or 608-312-0954. If you are signing up for shifts respond with your name, the location, and the day you would like to work.

Example: Jon M. | Brown Arch – Monday‐Tuesday | Vintage – Wednesday-Saturday

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again and it is such a pleasure working alongside great people that volunteer their time for EAA every year!


Photographers Needed!
The Awards group takes pictures of all of the homebuilt airplanes that might win an award, i.e., all the homebuilts that have a "Judge Me" sticker. This year, there is an opening for one or maybe two more photographers. You should be a reasonably good amateur photographer. You MUST be knowledgeable about airplanes, especially homebuilts, and you MUST be available at least 3-4 hours Sunday through Thursday.

Each plane nominally gets five photos, as shown below. Sunday and Monday, when airplanes are arriving, are very busy days. Tuesday through Thursday are less hectic, but we need to cover all of homebuilt parking plus all of the exhibit areas. When homebuilt judging results are available (but not yet public), there is a mad scramble to shoot any planes that may have escaped. For more information, please email Ed Wischmeyer, Awards Chairman, at E3@greatusermanuals.com.


Aircraft Greeters
Aircraft Greeters

Welcome our pilots and passengers as they arrive at AirVenture in the North 40 or Homebuilt airfield areas. Ensure pilots turn off master switch, close flight (if needed) and tie down their aircraft before leaving the area. Distribute information flyers, registration tickets, fuel tickets, directions to registration, showers, and answer questions the pilot may need at AirVenture.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • General good health
  • Be able to stand and work for 3 1/2 to 4 hours per shift
  • All Aircraft Greeter Volunteers are required to work in outdoor conditions around moving aircraft

Contact Dennis Spivey – Chairman Aircraft Greeters if you're interested at dennis.spivey@comcast.net

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