Who Are We?

We are the world’s most famous aerobatic formation wingwalking team.

Located at RFC Rendcomb AIrfield near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the AeroSuperBatics team have over 30 years’ experience in display flying and wing walking. Since 1984, AeroSuperBatics Ltd (GoWingWalking.com) have been operators of famous air show teams including the Crunchie Flying Circus, The Utterly Butterly’s, Guinot Wing Walkers and The Breitling Wing Walkers, performing throughout Europe, Middle East and China, as well as displaying at events in Japan, India and as far away as Australia and the Philippines.

We have full Civil Aviation Authority approval and are proud to maintain a 100% safety record, so you know you are in safe hands with our experienced display pilots and professional wing walkers.

Our pilots are some of the most experienced in the world, and are all fully qualified display pilots with many thousands of flying hours under their belts. Your pilot will brief you before the flight and discuss the manoeuvres that will be performed with you on the wing. Your pilot will also remind you of the hand signals that you will be taught in your training, so that you can communicate with him during the flight.

We ensure that you are looked after by an expert as all our wing walkers are professional and highly experienced – they are your hosts and are there to supervise your training and to give you the full safety briefing. Your wing walker will assist you in climbing up on the biplane and strap you into the safety harness, answering any questions you may have. After landing they will climb up to unstrap you and, whilst your head might still be in the clouds, they’ll make sure your feet come firmly back to the ground!

GoWingWalking.com offer all flights with market leaders AeroSuperBatics Ltd – operators of the world famous formation aerobatic wingwalking team – The Aerosuperbatics WingWalkers.

Our Pilots

Vic Norman

Vic is the founder and CEO of AeroSuperBatics and The Flying Circus but has been flying since the age of 17.

He started display flying for a living in 1982, initially in a high performance Zlin 50 aircraft.

In 1987, he started the wing-walking display team, which has, over the years, been sponsored by Yugo Cars, Cadbury’s, Utterly Butterly, Guinot and Breitling.

Vic is one of the country’s most experienced display pilots with over 1500 displays under his belt. He is a Display Authorisation Examiner for the CAA, as well as an Honorary Air Commodore for 614 Squadron, an ambassador for the Royal Air Force Association and a member of the Royal Air Squadron.

He is passionate about the Flying Circus and the Team and his motto is: “Never Stop Improving”

Martyn Carrington

Martyn has a keen interest in flying since taking his first flight from his little local airfield at the age of 9, and remarkably gained his licence to fly solo only a few days after his 17th birthday.

Martyn has always enjoyed flying vintage aircraft and became a flying instructor and examiner, working at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, where he flew for many years. It was during this time that Martyn developed his passion for airshows and display flying.

Martyn went on to join the AeroSuperBatics team and learned many new flying skills, including close formation flying, the art of landing on a trailer and wing walking.

Martyn now generally flies as a wingman in most of the team displays and he enjoys the challenge of keeping his Boeing Stearman in formation.

His favorite manoeuvre is the ‘Mirror’ formation as he loves the thrill of hanging upside down in an open cockpit aeroplane!

David Barrell

Dave always wanted to fly, and once he completed his pilot’s licence at Cambridge Aero Club in 1995, he immediately wanted to fly wing walking aircraft after seeing the AeroSuperBatics Team perform.

Dave flew parachute aircraft to build hours and, to gain the relevant tailwheel experience, he bought a Stearman and flew local air displays which stood him in good stead to join the AeroSuperBatics Team.

Having been a Team member since 2006, Dave now has hundreds of shows under his belt and absolutely loves the thrill and challenge of flying close formation in low level wing walking displays.

After 10 years, he is still as keen as ever to come to work! He loves all aspects of his job as no two days are the same, from flying at airshows to performing engineering tasks.

Andy Cubin

Andy began flying at the age of 13, gained his Private Pilot’s Licence at 17 and joined the RAF at 18. During his 20 year service he mainly flew the Jaguar, gaining over 3500 hours on type and displaying the aircraft for 3 years from 1994-97.

In 1998, he was selected for the Red Arrows, where he served for 3 years, finishing his tour as Red 6 – leader of the Synchro Pair. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 1998 for military service.

After leaving the RAF in 2000, Andy continued display flying in aircraft as diverse as the Hawker Hunter, Folland Gnat and Extra 300. He had flown in excess of 520 public displays.

His day job is an airline Captain flying the Airbus A320 series, but he is an accomplished photographer, an expert witness specialising in aviation accidents and enjoys playing the guitar.

Brian Cornes

From a very young age, Brian had a passion for all things aeronautical – he started gliding at the age of 14 and flew first solo in an aeroplane at age 16. He has now amassed more than 13,000 hours in the air, flying everything from the most rudimentary glider to the most sophisticated executive business jets.

Brian flew in the RAF for 23 years and was very lucky to fly a multitude of military aircraft spanning single seat fast jets as a fast jet instructor to multi engine transport aircraft.

Brian competed in the British aerobatic championships for many years, He considers competition aerobatics to have taught him a great deal about flying.  It requires a very high degree of flying precision and discipline.

Although Brian has been flying for over 40 years, he still considers it a great privilege and loves being in the air. He especially loves flying open cockpit biplanes and passing on the joy, thrill and nostalgia of flying to all his passengers.

Steve Hicks

From a very young age, Steve always wanted to fly – he started gliding 40 years ago. His first solo in an aeroplane was whilst at university, courtesy of the Air Squadron. He has also tried his hand at hang gliding, paragliding and hot air ballooning but has not yet been brave enough for a parachute jump!

Steve was a fast jet in the RAF for 9 years flying Harriers and Jaguars. He then joined British Airways in 1989, flying the Boeing 747-400, 737 and Airbus 320. He is now a Training Captain on Airbus A380, flying longhaul routes out of London Heathrow Airport.

As captivated by flying as he was on the first day, Steve says he still thinks it is magical to have the freedom of a 3-dimensional world, looking down on the countryside. He likes the challenge of display flying, having to be cautious, disciplined and well prepared.

Steve is honoured to have been an Aerosuperbatics pilot for 10 years.

Nick Barnard

Nick was born into a total aviation family, as both his father and uncle were test pilots. Awarded a RAF Flying Scholarship at 17, Nick then flew with fellow Wingwalk pilot Steve Hicks at the Cambridge University Air Squadron.

Nick is co-founder of the Yakovlevs and the Redstarz teams and has displayed at over 700 airshows over 17 years, flying Yak 50s, 52s and the Sukhoi 29. Nick was introduced to the style and grace of the Stearman when test flying and reviewing this classic biplane for Flyer Magazine. It was love at first sight.

Nick loves the size and the power of the Stearman and relishes the challenge to fly smoothly and precisely – any way up.

Pretty soon, he’ll be teaching his children, Max and Emily to fly; but Emily has other plans – to be a wingwalker of course

Our Wing Walkers

Katie

Katie thoroughly enjoyed her first season with the wingwalking team. She particularly loved the breath-taking mountain scenery on the way to the airshow in Switzerland. Her favourite part of the wingwalking display are the barrel rolls which are so graceful and the arabesque as it is a feeling like no other and requires a serious amount of strength. Her family have been to watch her a couple of times and she loves showing off to them! She can’t wait to see what new and exciting experiences next season brings.

Nikita

Nikita graduated from Cardiff University where she studied Psychology and Sociology. After moving back home to Northleach in 2013 she was thrilled to find an advert in the local paper for a part time wingwalker. As a child, Nikita went to many airshows and was frequently a spectator at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford. She says she was always captivated by the magic of the team and the amazing display, but never thought it would be possible to be a part of it.

Kirsten

Kirsten has a keen interest in textiles and design, with her creativity leading to a Foundation diploma in graphics at Stroud College.Alongside her creative work, she found a love for circus arts and actively got involved with training in trapeze and aerial silks.

Proving her success in these performances, Kirsten moved on to teach pupils aerial arts at School of Larks, a local circus school, with students ranging from 2 years old to adults.

Kirsten feels incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to become a professional Wing walker, and is eager to travel the world performing.

Getting the job was a dream come true for Kirsten and she looks forward to hanging upside down every time she flies!

 

Meet our Display Team

The Flying Circus is the main airshow display team of UK based AeroSuperBatics. First founded in 1984 by Vic Norman, The Flying Circus have performed in 20 countries and are regular visitors throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

You may have already seen us in action under our former sponsor guises as the Cadbury’s Crunchie Flying Circus, the Utterly Butterly Barnstormers, Team Guinot or more recently as the Breitling WingWalkers. We are currently looking for a new sponsor to join us for the 2018 season onwards

On average we perform around 60 public displays a year, entertaining over 6 million spectators at large live audience events. We are also able to perform at private events on request.

Our professional wingwalkers perform breathtaking acrobatics and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of our 6 beautiful 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplanes, as our pilots fly through a choreographed and energetic routine of dazzling aerobatics and close formation flypasts. These manoeuvres include loops, rolls, stall turns and inverted flight – all reaching speeds of up to 150 mph and ‘G’ forces of up to 4G’s

http://www.the-flying-circus.co.uk

Our Requirements

Go Wing Walking

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • If over 65, you must provide a Doctor’s note clearly stating your fitness to take part in a wingwalk experience
  • You must be no taller than 6’1” (1.85m)
  • You must weigh no more than 13 ½ Stone (85kg)
  • You must have a waist measurement (including clothing) of less than 40” (102cm)
  • You must be able to climb unassisted up to and down from the top wing of our Stearman biplane. (This is a steep climb of 10ft (3m) involving a high leg lift onto the bottom wing followed by another leg lift into the front cockpit and then pulling yourself up onto the top wing using the struts and wires
  • You must not be pregnant
  • You must not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of your flight

In the information pack that will be sent to you, there will be a Declaration of Fitness Form confirming that you do not suffer from: 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.

This form will need to be signed on the day of the flight.

Office

The Engine Shed,
RFC Rendcomb Aerodrome
Gloucestershire, GL7 7DF

Hours

Monday - Friday9am–5pm

Contact

Tel. +44 (0)1285 831774
Email: biplane@aerosuperbatics.com