Do I need to get insurance for my wingwalking experience?FAQ
Where does the wingwalking take place?
The wingwalking takes place from our private grass airfield in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The address is RFC Rendcomb, The Whiteway, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7DF. We are unable to offer wingwalks from any other venues.
Do you offer a video of the flight?
Yes we do! You will be asked on the day of the wingwalk if you would like this. A Go Pro camera is on the plane facing the wingwalker. Most body-mounted cameras are not suitable (including helmets and headcams), however participants are welcome to bring along any cameras and mounts/harness for the pilot to assess the suitability. Hand held cameras are not permitted due to the risk of them falling and causing damage.
Can I wear my glasses?
You must wear the goggles we provide, if you wear glasses and they fit under the goggles comfortably you can keep them on. If they are a larger type of frame you will need to remove them. Contact lenses are good, but occasionally they can become dislodged so do bring a spare pair or your glasses.
How difficult is it to climb onto the aircraft?
You need to be able to climb completely unassisted up to and down from the top wing of one of our biplanes. This is a steep climb of approximately 10ft / 3m, involving a high leg lift up on to the bottom wing and another high leg lift to get over the side of the cockpit, kneeling and pulling yourself up using the various struts and wires to get on to the top wing. This requires decent mobility in legs and arms and grip strength. If can climb a stile or small ladder this should be adequate. Do give us a call if you are concerned and want to discuss this further.
Will I be climbing around the aircraft in flight?
No definitely not, this is for the professionals only! You will be secured into the safety harness on the top wing for take-off and landing
Who Can Wingwalk
Your safety is our number one priority, and it is for this reason that we are very strict with our procedures and require all wingwalkers to adhere to the following regulations. Wingwalkers need to be able to confirm that they: Are at least 18 years old Are no taller than 6ft 2” Are no heavier than 14 stone Have a waist measurement, whilst wearing warm clothing and a jacket that is 40” or less Are able to climb, completely unassisted, up to and down from the top wing of one of our Boeing Stearman biplanes. This is a steep climb of approximately 10ft / 3m, but you will be given full guidance by our Professional Wingwalker. Have not suffered any of the following conditions: Epilepsy, fits, severe head injury, recurrent blackouts, fainting fits or giddiness, disease of the brain or nervous system, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease, recurrent weakness or dislocation of any limb, diabetes, mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction. If you suffer from these conditions but are regularly monitored by your doctor and the condition is medicated and under control, then you can fly with us. If you have any concerns at all regarding your health, fitness and ability to wingwalk, then we ask that you consult your doctor.
Can I Loop on First Flight?
First time wingwalkers cannot do aerobatics. This is because wingwalking is already a very extreme experience; we don’t know how you will react and once you are up there, there is limited communication with the pilot in case you change your mind! But you can let the pilot know if you want a more adventurous flight and they will be able to do steep dips and dives, wingovers and banked turns. If you love it you can come back for second go and do aerobatic manoeuvres, subject to the weather.
Arrival Time and Time at the Airfield
The time booked is the time you need to arrive at the airfield, this is not the time of your flight. Please ARRIVE at the time we have provided on your voucher. As this is a private airfield, access can only be granted to you and your spectators no more than 30 minutes prior to your allocated arrival time.
What to Wear
Comfortable, layered, warm clothes that you can climb around in. No hoods or toggles. Flat-soled shoes (e.g. trainers) are suitable. We provide flying suits to go over your own clothes (optional). If you wish to wear fancy dress, this is acceptable, however, please be mindful that you cannot wear loose clothing or any additional items such as head gear, wings or capes.