Volunteering as a Simulator Instructor

Volunteering as a Simulator Instructor

Visitor Information

Opening Hours
10am - 4pm (Daily. Jan & Feb closed Mondays)

Free Car and Coach Parking
Disabled Access
Merlin Café open daily

The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Kent CT12 5DF
[Get Directions]

Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

New since April 2018, the simulator is proving to be highly popular with Museum visitors and is rapidly becoming the main income generator for the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum (overtaking even the shop). Whilst it doesn’t move, the simulator is none the less a faithful replica of the cockpit of the Museum’s very own Spitfire Mk XVI (TB752), complete with the correct controls and instruments that a pilot would need to fly the aircraft during the Second World War.

Volunteering as a Simulator Instructor

From a volunteer’s point of view it is also quite possibly the most complex role to volunteer for. Simulator instructors work a half day a week (sometimes more) to enable visitors to gain an idea as to what it might have been like to fly a Spitfire. Instructors do this by talking visitors through the controls in the cockpit, explaining how to operate the Spitfire and direct people through their flight to ensure the visitor gets the most out of the experience whilst keeping to the 30-minute limit.

In addition to daily set of instructing, volunteers in this role also often work at evening events.


  • Knowledge of how aircraft fly and the ability to pass that knowledge on to the public.
  • Knowledge of how to operate a Windows 10 computer.
  • Willing to be trained in, and able to, fly the aircraft.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.


  • In possession of a driver’s license and vehicle as the museum is located in the countryside.
  • Experience with flight simulator software or games.
  • In-depth knowledge of computers, in particular, graphics and trouble shooting.

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.



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