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Volunteering - where do I start?

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Brad Strand
Homebuilder or Craftsman
#1 Posted: 10/20/2009 17:33:14

How do I get started if I want to volunteer at Airventure?  Where do I find information?  Is there anyone to guide me or do I have to figure it all out by myself?

Michel Bryson
AirVenture Volunteer
#2 Posted: 10/20/2009 21:15:21


There's a page on AirVenture's Web site that lists volunteer needs http://www.airventure.org/volunteers/. As the show gets closer, that page will fill up with positions.

Be prepared though - once you start volunteering, you'll get the 'bug' and it will be hard to stop!

Michel Bryson
Chairman - International Visitors Tent
17 years of service

Laura Million
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#3 Posted: 10/21/2009 09:34:45


One way is to figure out what you want to do. If you like Warbirds or antiques, contact the heads of those areas and ask to volunteer. If you like kids, KidVenture can always use volunteers. There is Protect our Planes, Young Eagles, Registration, all sorts of areas to volunteer. Go with what intersts you. I volunteer  between Young Eagles and KidVenture at least 5 days during AirVenture and love every minute of it.

Laura Million
Zack Baughman
#4 Posted: 10/22/2009 16:45:35

Hi Brad,

If you are interested in hangar flying and listening to war stories and other aviation tales, and have access to a video camera (any sort will do), you can start volunteering right now for EAA's Timeless Voices of Aviation oral history program as a volunteer interviewer.  It's not as difficult as one might think, and you would be helping to preserve aviation history.  If you are interested, just let me know (zbaughman@eaa.org). 




EAA Timeless Voices Program Coordinator & Museum Collections Assistant "Let No Story Go Untold!"
Stephen Gray
Young Eagles Pilot or VolunteerAirVenture Volunteer
#5 Posted: 10/22/2009 18:32:55

Brad, it's like standing on a RR track. You WILL get hit by a train if you ask anybody if they need help. My wife and I volunteer at Pioneer Airport all summer but when it closes for AirVenture we go to Main Gate admissions; Helicopter Opns; Protect Our Planes; Children's Activities Hanger etc.

My point is only to illustrate a very few of the hundreds of different tasks with which you could become involved. You could rotate throughout one convention or specialize each year in a new area. Look at the AirVenture website for the different venues and start your inquires asap so you get a feel for the groups' expectations and whatever trips your trigger.

It is absolutely such a thrilling experience that I'm salivating just thinking about it. See you at 2010.



Joseph Wagner
#6 Posted: 12/10/2009 19:32:45

Stephen or anybody:

How do I get started?

I printed the Application.

Wife and I have experience running our own espresso coffee business, but we can hand out brochures or help with something.

Don't know where to start.

We plan to buy or maybe take a train there but 50 bucks a night seems steep.

any ideas where to begin to stay?   I'm retired mail carrier.

Thanks, Joe Wagner, Durham, N.C.