Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

How do I book a Wing Walk Experience with The Wing Walk Company?

Please use the online booking system on our website to book your Wing Walk Experience. This gives you the ability to choose your airfield, date, time and payment options. Or if you prefer, you can email richard@thewingwalkcompany.com

 

Is there an age, height and weight restriction for the Wing Walker?

The Wing Walker must be aged between 18 - 65 years of age.

If the Wing Walker is between 66 – 75 years of age, a GP’s declaration of good health for their age is required.

The maximum weight is 85kgs (13st 4lb)

 

Who is flying the plane?

Our 4 Pilots all hold Commercial Pilots Licences, with display approval to operate our Wing Walk Aeroplane as low as 100 feet. Please see Our Team page for specific information on each pilot.

 

What happens if the weather is bad and we can’t fly?

We cannot fly in strong winds and rain, our Chief Pilot checks the forecast regularly and we update a recorded message on our contact number up to 48 hours before your flight. If we are forced to cancel your flight due to bad weather, then you can rebook at no additional cost. 

 

What can I expect on the day of my Wing Walk?

  • A warm welcome by The Wing Walk Company Team

  • A 15 minute briefing delivered by our team to run through; how to climb up to the rig, what to expect from your Wing Walk and Health and Safety procedures.

  • Please allow a minimum of 90 minutes between your briefing and completing your Wing Walk

  • A 10 minute airborne flight

  • Opportunity to tailor your flight with the Pilot to either achieve the maximum adrenaline experience for you or a more relaxed flight

  • Viewing area for friends and family to come and watch

  • Option to purchase a recording of your Wing Walk from 2 on-board HD camera’s, with Pilot commentary at an additional price of £30

  • A certificate to confirm the completion of your Wing Walk Experience with The Wing Walk Company

 

Can I bring family, friends and pets along to watch?

You are welcome to bring as many friends and family along to watch you. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed in the public areas.  

 

Can I fundraise for Charity?

The Wing Walker can fundraise direct through a charity or by setting up your own fundraising page. Check out our Charity Partner Page to view charities we work with and to see if you would like to fundraise for them. The Wing Walk Company takes no responsibility for your fundraising.

 

Does my booking expire?

All bookings have a 12 month validity from date of purchase.

 

am i entitled to a refund?

A Wing Walk booking is refundable up to 48 hours before the flight, minus a £50 booking fee. However, in the unusual circumstance that the Wing Walker decides after the briefing that they no longer wish to participate, a full refund will be made available. 

Where and when can I do a Wing Walk?

We operate between Mid April and Mid October; Mondays, Thursday’s and weekends. Other days are available on request for group bookings.

We fly from 3 locations around the UK; Headcorn Aerodrome (Kent), Compton Abbas Aerodrome (Wiltshire) and Wickenby Aerodrome (Lincolnshire).

 

What facilities are available at the airfield?

Each airfield has a café serving hot and cold food and drinks. Toilets, car parking and excellent viewing facilities are also available. 

 

What type of aircraft will I be Wing Walking on?

Our Boeing Stearman was built in 1942 and initially used for pilot training during the 2nd World War. Please see our Aircraft Information page on our website for more information.

 

What is appropriate clothing for my Wing Walk?

The Wing Walker must wear tight fitted clothing, no loose or baggy clothing can be worn e.g. Hoodies, capes and bootleg trousers.

The Wing Walker must wear laced, soft soled shoes or trainers. Boots or heels are prohibited. 

Depending on the temperature on the day of your Wing Walk, you may require additional layers of clothing; The wing Walk Company branded fleeces are available if an extra layer is required.

Goggles and earplugs are compulsory to wear and are provided by the Wing Walk Company on the day.

Fancy dress costumes can be worn as long as they adhere to the above guidelines.

 

Can I wear contact lenses or glasses during my Wing Walk?

Due to the wind and the high speeds reached, unfortunately contact lenses are not recommended. Glasses can be worn during the Wing Walk; we can provide you with goggles that can be worn over glasses.

 

Am I strapped in for the duration of my Wing Walk?

The Wing Walker is secured to the rig of the aeroplane by one of our qualified team, using a 5 point harness and a back-up safety pin to prevent accidental unlocking.  The Wing Walker is not allowed to touch the harness during the flight.

 

hoW hIGH AND FAST DOES THE AEROPLANE FLY?

The aeroplane will fly between 100ft and 700ft and speeds between 80mph and 110mph but if this is your second flight and you are performing aerobatics, the aircraft will reach speeds of up to 130mph.

 

Can the pilot perform aerobatics during my Wing Walk?

Wing Walking is an extreme experience; therefore, aerobatics are only permitted on a second flight, where the pilot can perform loops and stall turns, weather permitting. The Wing Walker will have the opportunity to tailor their flight with the Pilot to achieve the maximum adrenaline experience or a more relaxed flight, if they wish.

 

Can I communicate with the pilot during my Wing Walk?

The Wing Walker can only communicate with the pilot by using hand signals, which are fully explained at the briefing.

 

Can I purchase a gift voucher for a friend or family member?

You can purchase a gift voucher online, which is valid for 12 months, from the date of purchase.