Catch the energy surrounding the Waukesha County Airport and enjoy the camaraderie of others who share your passion for aviation by volunteering or joining one of the many associations that cater to aviation enthusiasts. Share stories, learn something new or simply enjoy the feeling of being around others who share a similar interest in aviation. Groups you can join include:
Civil Air Patrol
The Civil Air Patrol is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. The official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, the CAP performs 90% of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, and is credited with saving an average of 80 lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to 27,000 youth participating in the CAP cadet programs. The CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 71 years. It also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of US military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information on the national organization.
The Wisconsin Wing of the CAP has 35 units and 1,000 members, including a Waukesha Wing that actively participates in search and rescue missions with local Emergency Services, as well as the CAP cadet program and aerospace education programs. More information on the Wisconsin Wing is available at http://wicap.us and on Facebook. New members and cadets are welcome!
Commemorative Air Force - Wisconsin Wing
Based at Waukesha County Airport, the Wisconsin Wing of the Commemorative Air Force is part of a national organization that celebrates the sacrifice of all military aviators from WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars through the restoration of over 156 military aircraft flying in 70 Wings across the United States. This "flying museum" of the CAF strives to keep alive the memory of these aviators for future generations. The CAF Wisconsin Wing flies a 1943 SNJ-5/AT-6 North American Advanced Trainer with Navy markings and a 1943 Fairchild PT-26 Cornell Primary WWII Trainer. Members enjoy monthly meetings and can participate by selling CAF merchandise in the PX at air shows, fly-ins and other events throughout southeastern Wisconsin during flying season. The Wing also hosts regular social events including a spring banquet with a guest speaker, an annual holiday party and regular hangar cookouts for members.
Annual membership in the CAF national is $200 and Wisconsin Wing annual dues are $50. National membership includes the monthly DISPATCH magazine, full of great stories and photos of the activities and aircraft throughout the United States. The Wisconsin Wing has a website, a Facebook page and an electronic member newsletter to keep everyone informed. Membership is open to aviation enthusiasts of all ages. You do not need to be a pilot to join - everyone is welcome!
Aircraft Pilot Sponsors are able to fly in the PT-26 or SNJ-5 if they meet minimum flight qualifications and attain proficiency in the aircraft. Aircraft sponsors must be members of CAF national and the CAF Wisconsin Wing, plus pay a one-time fee and annual maintenance and insurance fees. More information about the Wisconsin wing and how to join is available at www.cafwi.org. You can also find more information about the CAF national organization at www.commemorativeairforce.org.
Waukesha Aviation Club
Formed in 1931, the Waukesha Aviation Club (WAC) is one of the oldest organizations in the State of Wisconsin in continuous service to aviation. The Club founded the Warren S. O'Brien/Crites Field Museum filled with information about the airport and aviation in Wisconsin. The Club meets monthly for a Coffee Talk in the airport terminal where members share stories of their flying adventures and current events in aviation. Members are also very active in volunteer efforts to support the Wings over Waukesha Air Show and other airport events. For more information, you can find the Waukesha Aviation Club on Facebook, or contact Dennis at 414-305-0565.
Wisconsin Fox River Flyers
Wisconsin Fox River Flyers (WFRF) is a non-profit/non-stock KUES based Wisconsin corporation whose sole purpose is to provide its members the lowest possible cost flying while providing a social and educational aspect to aircraft use. Individuals can purchase a membership which allows them to fly one of the group's three airplanes, which include a 1974 Piper Arrow, a 1976 PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer and a 1977 Cessna 172N Superhawk. More information is available at: WFRF website.
Other State and National Aviation Organizations
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) provides access to numerous special interest communities and many of our tenants are also active in these groups. Visit the EAA website for more information, or select the specific links below:
Wings Over Waukesha Air Show 2014 - Seeking volunteers to help with the annual air show featuring some of the best aerobatics acts in the country, dozens of military and civilian aircraft. We're gearing up for the 2014 air show on August 23 - 24 and we are seeking volunteers for sponsorship sales, merchandise sales, event planning and logistics, and various roles at the event. Please contact us at email@example.com if you would like to get involved in this fabulous annual event! More information is available at www.wingsoverwaukesha.com or on Facebook.
To add a volunteer opportunity, please use the Volunteer Opportunities Form.