Without the 'Aeropark Volunteers Association (AVA)', the Aeropark would not exist. Our little piece of aviation history in North West Leicestershire is thanks wholly to the effort and dedication of the volunteers. Their selfless enthusiasm, hard work and willingness to give up spare time enables the Aeropark to go from strength to strength – but they could always use some more help.
The AVA members staff the main entrance building, run the small shop, maintain the site, conduct tours and most importantly give all the exhibits the tender loving care needed to keep them in good condition. They have hand-built the 'Romney Building' and dismantled, transported and re-assembled many of the aircraft exhibits on display today bringing them from locations all over the UK. The Airport is very proud to be involved with the AVA.
If you’d like to find out more or become a member (16 yrs old or more) and support their valuable work as part of the extended family at East Midlands Airport, the annual charges are as follows:
Annual AVA Membership (Friend of the Aeropark) Charges 2014/15
|Family (2 Adults and 3 Children||£35|
|Senior Single (Over 65)||£17|
|Senior Couple (Over 65)||£20|
To qualify to be a 'Volunteer' member you must be prepared to help around the Aeropark with site maintenance, gate duties, shop duties, aircraft restoration and much more.
'Friend of the Aeropark' membership is for those people wishing to visit the Aeropark on a regular basis but not wanting to get involved in the day-to-day running of the site. To become a 'Friend' complete the application form (see link) and bring it along to the Aeropark to apply in person or email the completed form to the e-mail listed below.
Stephen Johnson, AVA Membership Secretary
Tel: 01332 850 463
or apply in person at The Aeropark.
The AVA members are not employed by the Airport Company and volunteer their services free of charge. In return the Airport has developed, and continues to develop, the site re-investing every penny of the entrance money paid by visitors. As such the Aeropark is totally self-funding and relies on its visitors to survive.