Volunteer with Vintage
The VAA welcomes support from all people interested in volunteering their time to help out at AirVenture 2016. There are many areas of opportunity for you to become involved in Vintage AirVenture. Feel free to make your inquiries to the contacts listed below. We’d like to hear from you soon to get you connected and to help us in planning.
Remember that we especially welcome first-timer volunteers. Come join us! Make a difference by getting involved . You, too, will discover why so many of us volunteers continue to return year after year to our Vintage family.
Read more about some of our activities below. To volunteer, click one of the links to send us an email. One of our volunteer chairmen will get back to you as quickly as possible.
This is your first stop to become a Vintage Volunteer. Located at the north end of Rose Plaza outside the Red Barn. members of our Volunteer Center team led by chair Gerry Larkin will have you register and share the various jobs you can have as a Vintage Volunteer. We track your hours and submit them to EAA at the end of convention so you receive proper recognition. If you love meeting people and want the best view of the airshows, tell Gerry you would like to become a member of the Volunteer Center team.
Vintage Flight Line
Flight Line has our overall greatest need for volunteers. More than 200 people from around the world volunteer each year on our flight line. Vintage manages over a mile of the AirVenture airshow flightline from Show Center to the far south end of the field.
Would you like the best view of the daily air show? Then being an airshow Crowd Control volunteer could be the perfect job for you.
Want to have a close-up view of every Vintage Aircraft imaginable? Then become a Plane Parker. Once you have been trained as a walking parker you can continue with bike training and eventually become a lead biker who parks airplanes.
Want to help but don’t like to walk or park airplanes? Become a flight line Crossing Guard. These lucky volunteers play an important role on Wittman Road, keeping pedestrians, vehicles, and airplanes from meeting each other unexpectedly. This job also comes complete with a little house to protect you from wind, rain, and sun. No experience is required, and you are in the middle of all the action.
Do you like to cook? Do you like getting up early and watch the sun rise over the airport? Do you like to see the smiling faces of fellow pilots and their families as you serve them a great breakfast every day? If so, Tall Pines Cafe´is the definitely place for you.
Each morning a dedicated crew of Vintage Volunteers gets up before the crack of dawn to prepare and serve hundreds of meals to pilots, families and friends in the Showplane Camping area of Vintage. Located midway in the Vintage area near the Ultralight runway, Tall Pines Cafe´is one of the best kept secrets for Vintage campers.
Tall Pines Cafe´opens the weekend before convention and also serves supper on the pre-convention weekend before most commercial food vendors open. Tall Pines is operated as a camper service tby Vintage Volunteers, and any excess funds go directly to improving and expanding Tall Pines.
For all other volunteer opportunities, such as Type Clubs area, the Vintage Red Barn which includes the Vintage Gift Shop, Popcorn Stand, Pilot Plaque Assembly and Distribution, Interview Circle, Vintage Picnic, Forums, Information Desk, Membership, Tram Tours, and the VAA Volunteer Center, contact Volunteer Center Chair Gerry here.
We Do It Better. Mystery Meat and MORE…
Long-time Oshkosh volunteers are quite familiar with the term “mystery meat sandwiches.” For years and years the wonderful ladies at Operation Thirst have prepared thousands and thousands of sandwiches, cookies and chips to feed the more than 6,000 volunteers on the field. While greatly appreciated, the sandwiches were known as Mystery Meat – one slice of any variety sandwich meat and one slice of cheese on buttered bread. In 2015 Operation Thirst expanded the quality and variety of sandwiches served.
But at Vintage we do it better... Our hangar in the Red Barn Complex includes our own Air-Conditioned Volunteer Kitchen, staffed by dedicated volunteers led by Chairwoman Sue Eichman. We still have Operation Thirst sandwiches every day, but we also have daily surprises – meatballs, hotdogs, hamburgers, ham, chicken, homemade salads and desserts. Hot coffee in the mornings (and some days hot rolls) followed by cool water and lemonade in the afternoons.
The Volunteer Kitchen is the place to meet and relax with other Vintage Volunteers. Another benefit of Volunteering With Vintage.
Click one of the links below to volunteer today.
Party After the Work is Done
Yes, we like to have a good time. Often gatherings of Vintage Volunteers are informal – we just gather around a campfire after the work is done and share stories of airplanes and people.
More formally, our volunteer teams often organize group dinners, escapes from the field, and sing-alongs.
Once each year every Vintage Volunteer is invited to join us in a pizza party. It is our way to joke with each other and have fun, but most importantly it is how all of our members and our Board of Directors (all volunteers themselves) show our appreciation and thanks to all the other volunteers. Yes, we DO like to eat.
Our annual Pizza Party comes complete with costumes, skits, jokes, awards, sometimes a talent show – but always a good time.
Join Us and Have It ALL!
Collector Volunteer Name Badges
Another advantage of Volunteering with Vintage is your personalized souvenir name badge. Each year we create a unique name badge which goes with the theme of the year’s AirVenture. No two are ever alike.
Vintage Volunteers proudly wear their badges – not only while volunteering, but as they travel the entire convention grounds, the City of Oshkosh, and throughout the Fox Valley. Our volunteers like to show off their Vintage Pride.