Was your finest hour was gaining your PPL?
You are not alone! For many pilots the serious challenge of gaining the Private pilot’s licence was a great achievement. However having gained your PPL that challenge was over and having taken your family and friends up for a jolly, flying without a reason has just lost its appeal and you have let your licence lapse!
Well we have something to ignite that flame that once burned so bright!
Here is the plan, we are building 12 MK26B Spitfires (90% scale of the original), they will be built from kits, all are two seat versions and can be constructed by anyone who can tell a screw driver from a spanner! Once completed the 12 will operate as a squadron and will tour the UK and Europe putting on flying displays for the public.
How is this possible? Well it’s all very simple really.
Rather than an individual buying and building a kit, we will have up to 20 pilot/builders sharing the cost and the building, making it affordable, achievable and accessible for many more people and we will get your kit completed in double quick time!
But we are looking for very special people to join this unique project:
Are you looking for something more than just flying a few circuits?
Are you up for a challenge and a team player?
Want some serious fun and camaraderie?
Want to fly your own Spitfire?
If you answered yes to the questions above then read on.
Here at Enstone flying club we have been training pilots for just over 25 years. In that time we have learned that our pilots love a challenge, by enlisting in the Spitfire club program you are not only joining an elite band of pilots, but you will help to construct and own a share in one of these iconic aircraft. We can provide you with all the necessary training to regain your licence with our dedicated team here at Enstone.
A 12th share will cost in the region of £17K with a 20th around £11K. You will need to amass 25 hours of tail wheel training before you strap on your Spitfire. This will cost in the region of £4745. I estimate the monthly cost for each Spitfire at £600 this is divided equally amongst the share holders, plus the fuel you personally use. Fuel burn is approximately 32/38L per hour and is charged on a “full to full” basis.
Be part of something unique... the “City of Oxford”
From May to September “City of Oxford “will display at events all over the UK with the occasional foray into Europe. We would be looking at not more than 6 major events during this period. The rest of the year will be for your own personal pleasure flying and squadron training (no weekends) . This will be your opportunity to impress your friends by taking them for a sortie in your own Spitfire, “how cool is that”!
Major events will have the full squadron flying in close formation with the ground team and crews performing public duties in the squadron arena. Minor events will be for pilots to gain valuable experience at a live event, but where the formation will be smaller and more relaxed allowing more pilots to be part of the squadron at a more comfortable level. As your experience grows you move to the larger and more precise displays, there is no obligation to become a display pilot but your aircraft will be required during the season for Squadron duties by other pilots in your group who do.
Family friendly program” getting over the barrier”
I remember watching ground crews at air shows and wondering how do I get to do that, who do I ask what should I say? How can I “get over the barrier”! Well here is how
Family and friends can be a part of this unique squadron. There will be plenty to engage and entertain both young and old.
The Spitfire projects aim is to get many more people who thought that they could never “get over the barrier” not only over, but playing an important part of the squadron on the ground.
I love showing visitors around the flying club and hangars, I can sense the visitors wanting to touch and feel an aeroplane “ go ahead, touch it won’t break” I am lucky to do something I truly love, but I want to be able to open that barrier and give that opportunity to many, many more people.
Skippers vision of the Squadron
“It is my vision to make the “City of Oxford” the finest aviation display event in the world, where the traditional barriers to pilots, aviation enthusiasts and the public are removed.
What do next
Give the Skipper a call and have a friendly chat about what you want from of your flying and what is important to you about being a squadron member.