Pilgrims Wing Walk FAQs
Do I have to do any training in advance of the wing walk?
No prior training is needed for your wing-walk, you’ll receive all of the necessary training on the day of your wing-walk. When you arrive at The Wing Walk Company at Headcorn Airfield you will receive a training session lasting about 30-40 minutes.
Where does the wing walk take place?
The jump will take place at The Wing Walking Company which is located in the heart of Kent, during your skydive you will experience incredible views of the south east of England and glimpses of the northern coast of France.
The Wing Walking Company is located at: Headcorn Airfield, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent TN27 9HX.
How much do I need to fundraise?
By wing-walking as part of Team Pilgrims we ask that you raise a minimum of £650 in sponsorship. Your fundraising will cover the cost of all the medicine on one of our inpatient units for 7 days! Your £40 deposit is non-refundable but goes towards your fundraising. The more you raise, the more money can go to those in our community living with an incurable illness.
What type of aircraft will I be wing walking on?
The Wing Walk Company’s plane is a Boeing Stearman which was built in 1942 and initially used for pilot training during the 2nd World War.
Are there any weight restrictions?
For safety reasons the general weight limit for a wing walker, fully clothed, is 85kgs / 13st 4lb.
Can I fly with a medical condition?
The wing-walker will be required to sign a declaration of fitness at the briefing. If the wing-walker suffers from high blood pressure, epilepsy, fainting, blackouts / dizziness, hear or lung disease you cannot participate. If you medical condition is being managed; you may be able to participate and you should discuss this with your GP / consultant and provide proof of this before you fly
Who is flying the plane?
The 4 pilots at The Wing Walking Company all hold Commercial Pilot Licenses, with display approval to operate the wing-walk aeroplanes as low as 100 feet.
What should I wear for my wing walk?
It is asked that wing-walkers wear tight fitted clothing, no loose or baggy clothing can be work such as hoodies, capes and bootleg trousers. On your feet, please wear laced, soft soled shoes or trainers. Boots or heels are prohibited.
Depending on the temperatures on the day of your wing-walk, you may require additional layers or 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 of your wing-walk.
Fancy dress costumes can be worn as long as they adhere to the above guidelines.
As a Pilgrims wing-walker you will also receive a branded technical t-shirt, this can either be sent to you in advance in the post or you can collect it from the Pilgrims representative on the day who will be there to wish you good luck!
What happens if the weather is bad and I can't wing walk?
For the safety of all involved The Wing Walk Company cannot fly in strong winds and rain. Their chief pilot checks the forecast regularly and they update a recorded message on their contact number up to 48 hours before your flight. If your wing-walk has to be cancelled due to bad weather then you can rebook your wing-walk at no additional cost on an agreed date between yourselves and The Wing Walk Company.
Can I wear contact lenses or glasses during my wing walk?
Due to the wing and the high speeds reached, unfortunately contact lenses are not recommended. Glasses can be work during the wing-walk; The Wing Walk Company can provide you with goggles that can be worn over your glasses.
What can I expect on the day of my wing walk?
When you arrive at The Wing Walk Company you will be given a 15 minute briefing delivered by the team, this will run through how to climb up to the rig, what to expect from your wing-walk and health and safety procedures for your wing-walk. It is asked that you allow a minimum of 2 hours between your briefing and completing your wing-walk. Your wing-walk will be a 10-minute airborne flight. You will be offered an opportunity to tailor your flight with the pilot to either achieve the maximum adrenaline experience for you or a more relaxed flight. You will be given the option to purchase a recording of your wing-walk from 2 on-board HD camera’s, with pilot commentary, at an additional cost of £30 to you. When you bravely complete your wing-walk you will receive a certificate to celebrate your courageous challenge!
A member of the Pilgrims Hospices challenge events team will also be there on the day to wish you good luck!
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 the qualified team at The Wing Walk Company, 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 at speeds between 80mph and 120mph.
Can the pilot perform aerobatics during my wing walk?
Wing walking is an extreme experience; therefore, no aerobatics are permitted. However, 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.
Can I bring friends and family to watch?
We would love for you to bring your family and friends to watch your courageous challenge. There is a café at the airfield serving hot drinks and food, with indoor and outdoor seating. Unfortunately, no pets are allowed in the public areas of the airfield.
Can I communicate with the pilot during my wing walk?
You will only be able to communicate with the pilot by using hand signals once you’re on your wing walk. These hand signals will be fully explained at the briefing in advance of your wing walk.
What procedures have been put in place to make tandem skydives COVID-secure?
- Access to the wing walking office at the airfield will be limited wing walkers only, the outdoor seating area is available for a limited number of guests per wing walker.
- You are required to bring a mask and gloves to wear during your safety briefing and whilst you are being strapped and unstrapped from the aircraft. They can be removed for the duration of your wing walk.
- All safety briefings will be carried out in the open air and socially distanced.
- Hand sanitiser will be available for wing walkers and their guests to use throughout the day.
- If you develop symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 and are required to self-isolate, you will be able to reschedule your wing walk for a later date.
- All employees of The Wing Walk Company have received full training on the enhanced Health & Safety Policies for Covid-19, they will wear the appropriate PPE and reguarly clean all surfaces and necessary aircraft areas.
- You can read more about The Wing Walk Company’s enhanced Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy here: www.thewingwalkcompany.com/covid19