With less than a month before the skies above London will be transformed into an aviation spectacle, Airshow London is looking for people to lend a hand during the three-day event.
Roughly 100 volunteers are still needed for the airshow, which runs September 22 to 24 at the London International Airport.
“Volunteers are primarily needed around gate admissions, hospitality, and site management,” said Dave De Kelver, executive director of Airshow London. “They will be helping us with the logistics of the event, making sure all areas are adequately supplied and so on.”
In total, 500 volunteers will assist with the show. That is in addition to the 200 Fanshawe College students who will also be donating their time.
De Kelver stressed the volunteer positions are open to all members of the public, regardless of age or ability.
“These [positions] are not going to be near aircraft so they are not specialized positions. We welcome anyone to come out and volunteer, young or old,” said De Kelver. “We have three full shows so we are looking for people who can donate the whole day. The one thing about volunteering at Airshow London is you pretty much get to see the show for free. That doesn’t happen at a lot of other events. Because the show is up in the sky everyone is going to be able to see it.”
Volunteers will receive a free lunch and will be invited to an appreciation reception following the event.
This year’s airshow is being billed as Canada’s largest military air demonstration show. Among those slated to perform are the Canadian Forces Snowbirds Demonstration Team, the CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team, and the US Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.
De Kelver said while the search for volunteers continues the rest of the show is coming together rather quickly.
“We’ve got our site maps completed, we are working on sponsorship fulfillment, and our volunteer training pieces,” said De Kelver. “There is still lots of work to be done but we’ve built a good process that ensures this gets simpler to do every year. We want to be an annual show and we expect to be one so we want to be able to pick up the pieces next year and not have to recreate the wheel.”
Last year’s two-day airshow saw 20,000 people pass through the gates, despite being rained out on the first day.
Volunteer applications and tickets for the airshow are available at airshowlondon.com.