What’s the cost of a wingwalk?
The wingwalking experience costs £399. The total cost of the wingwalk is to be paid at time of booking.
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.
How do I book a wingwalk?
To purchase a wingwalk experience you can either book online and pay via Paypal or call us and we will take your booking over the phone. You can either choose a date and time for the wingwalk (please use our date availability checker and specify your preferred booking date when completing the booking form) or if you are buying as a gift for someone you can purchase an open-ended voucher which is valid for 12 months (please specify that you are purchasing as a gift when completing the booking form). The gift recipient can contact us to book their wingwalk once they have received their voucher.
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. Body harness mounted Go Pros are allowed if you have one. Head cameras and wrist mounted cameras are not allowed. We do not have a professional photographer on site.
What happens on the day?
After training and a full safety briefing, one of our professional wingwalkers will strap you securely to the top wing of our aircraft. You will then be taken to the skies for a series of flypasts in front of your family and friends below.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs welcome as long as they are kept on a lead and any mess cleared up.
Can I wingwalk for charity?
This is a great idea! Any fundraising for charity is completely independent from AeroSuperBatics and the sole responsibility of the fundraiser. If your charity can get a group of people together who want to do a sponsored wingwalk then you can have private use of the airfield for the day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What is the height and weight limit?
Height limit is 6ft 1inch and weight limit 13 ½ stone.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, warm clothes that you can climb around in are good. No hoods or toggles. Flat soled shoes (e.g. trainers) are suitable. We provide flying overalls to go over your own clothes.
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.
Is there an age limit?
The minimum age is 18, there is no maximum but if you are 65 or over we do need a note from your doctor.
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.
I have an ongoing health condition, can I still wingwalk?
You will be asked to sign a health declaration form on the day of the wingwalk. If you suffer from any of the following conditions please contact Aerosuperbatics beforehand to discuss and you will need to obtain written medical approval from your GP: 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.
Do you have a café at the airfield?
We do not have a café or shop at the airfield so we recommend that you bring any refreshments with you.
When can I wingwalk?
We fly from April through to October on selected weekdays planned around the team airshow schedule. Normally we have 2 days a week you can choose from. Please note that school holidays and Fridays are our most popular times – please don’t leave it too late to book to avoid disappointment.
Can I bring my friends/family?
You are welcome to bring guests with you. We have a lovely spectator area with picnic benches right in front of the action.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We check the weather the day before the flight and contact the wingwalker if we need to postpone it due to bad weather. This will normally be between 3pm – 5pm the day before the flight. If the weather is not suitable we will have to rearrange the flight to another day that suits you.
How long does the experience last?
The flight lasts approximately 15 minutes, please allow about 1.5 hours at the airfield for the whole experience. When you book your flight, you will be given a selection of times to choose from.
What type of plane will I be flying on?
We have a fleet of six 1940’s Boeing Stearman biplanes. They are painted in various colour schemes but other than that they are all exactly the same. Unfortunately, you cannot specify at time of booking which plane you would like to fly on.
How experienced are the pilots?
All our pilots are highly experienced with many flying hours as pilot in command. Each has a Civil Aviation Authority Pilot’s License, an Air Display Authorisation and undergoes regular mandatory medical checks. As well as flying customers at our base airfield at RFC Rendcomb, they also fly as part of our airshow display team
Can I communicate with the pilot during the flight?
The only communication between the wingwalker and the pilot will be via hand signals, you will be shown these in the safety briefing before your flight.
Can I purchase this as a surprise gift?
Yes absolutely, what a great gift! Please make sure the wingwalker meets all the requirements and that if they need a doctor’s note due to their age or health that they are made aware of this.
Can I get a refund?
If you are unable to participate in the wingwalk we are able to refund the cost of a voucher minus a 10% administration fee. Alternatively, the voucher is transferrable to another person at no charge.
Is it scary?!!
Clearly the thought of standing on top of a flying plane is going to be a bit daunting to most people, but we promise you it will be the most thrilling thing you have ever done! Once you get over the nerves and are strapped in, the excitement will overtake the fear and you will love every second! If you want to have a chat with us about it or have any worries, please do give us a call.
Is it cold?
It depends what the weather is like but yes it can be a bit chilly so layer up. We have flying overalls available for you to wear over your own clothes too
Can the pilot do aerobatic manoeuvres (such as loop the loop)?
First time wingwalkers cannot do aerobatic manoeuvres. 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 no 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, wing overs and banked turns. If you love it you can come back for second go at a discounted price and do aerobatic manoeuvres, subject to the weather.
I need to get a doctor’s note; what should it include?
It needs to be a signed letter from your doctor on headed paper. Below is the suggested text it could include:
I deem (insert name) to be fit and well and physically capable to participate in a wingwalk. This involves being able to climb up onto the plane’s wing requiring decent mobility in legs and arms and grip strength (if they are able to can climb a stile or small ladder this would be adequate) and having the physical strength to withstand wind pressures experienced when flying up to speeds of 120mph.
(Insert name) does not and has not suffered from any of the following conditions which could lead to a dangerous situation whilst participating in a wingwalking experience:
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.
Alternatively – (insert name) suffers from XXXX (one of the conditions above) but I deem this condition to be under control and well managed and should not lead to a dangerous situation or untoward impact on XXX whilst participating in a wingwalking experience.