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Volunteer Teams

Learn more about what's involved within some of the volunteer teams;

Admissions Team

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The RIAT Admissions Team are responsible for the smooth and efficient entry /exit of customers to the World's Greatest Military Airshow.

Air Operations

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The Air Operations Team is responsible for all aviation aspects of the Royal International Air Tattoo and includes areas dedicated to Aircraft Handling, Refuelling, Follow Me Services, Air Movements, Aircrew Reception, Flying Display, Air Traffic Control Services, Flying Operations and Weather Services. 

Air Tattoo Merchandise & Programmes

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The Air Tattoo Merchandise & Programmes Team carry out all official merchandise functions, selling official RIAT products.


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A small Chaplaincy Team, established under the control of an experienced Team Leader, are responsible for the provision of chaplaincy support and pastoral care to the Air Tattoo visitors, staff and aircrews. 

Comms & IT

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The Communications Systems Group provide the communication networks that holds the Air Tattoo together and is a combination of three teams, Radios, Telephones and I.T. 

Customer Services

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The Customer Services Team is the face of the Air Tattoo and our prime focus is to help and assist our visitors ensuring that they have an amazing day and go home happy. The team includes our famous Air Tattoo Crew in their brightly coloured uniform and large aircraft shaped foam hands! They meet visitors in the car parks and at the entry points when they arrive and are located in our information points as well as roaming around the showground. They are on hand to answer questions, give directions and advise on the best attractions to see at the show. The team also include members that manage and run the Service Stations which provide facilities such as catering, bars, seating, toilets, visitor information and cash points. 

Emergency Services Control

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A number of individuals work within the Emergency Service Control Room alongside Silver Control and fulfil command, control and co-ordination roles both within the Control Room and at the scene of any incident that the Air Tattoo Emergency Services may deploy to.

Emergency Services Medical

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A wide range of individuals volunteer in order to provide Medical support to the Air Tattoo visitors, staff and aircrews including First-Aiders, EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors.

Exhibition Ops

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Membership of the RIAT Exhibition Operations Team is only available to those volunteers who can commit to RIAT for at least two week-ends. The Team work long and demanding days from the Saturday before the show week-end to the Monday following the show. They are responsible for ensuring 100's of Exhibitors, Traders, and Catering Outlets are correctly positioned across the length and breadth of what is initially a blank airfield canvas. They mark out (to the centimetre) where each exhibitor is to be located. They site them, they mediate and to some extent police what goes where and what is sold.


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Responsible for the handling of cash over the show operating days.

Friends of RIAT (FRIAT)

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Welcome to the enthusiast's enclosure with the "best seats in the house". The team welcome and look after all FRIAT members over the show, escorting members to and from the enclosure on non-public days and on public days are the first point of contact at the entrance of the enclosure.

Health and Safety Team

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Qualified Health and Safety and Environmental Health conduct a programme of audits throughout the showground to ensure that all risk mitigation activity is being undertaken. 

Hospitality Chalets

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Day to day running of the corporate hospitality chalets.

Media Liaison Group

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Responsible for handling all media enquiries during the Air Tattoo, hosting journalist from around the world, escorting media around the site and operating a press office. 

Park & View

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Team operates across two locations (miles apart) and thrives upon the logistical challenges as they meet the requirements of 1000's of aviation enthusiasts and their families. 

Public Enclosures

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Assisting with both the set up and take down of the enclosure as well as looking after visitors and making sure that the enclosure runs smoothly. 

Sector Marshals

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Responsible for policing the showground on bicycles to ensure that safety is maintained and regulatory requirements complied with. Also provide assistant to members of the public when required.  

Showground Reception

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Receive and process contractors, participants, visitors and deliveries to the showground. 

Site Team

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Responsible for the whole site build and break down of the event.

Staff Reception

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First point of contact for all RIAT volunteers, issuing security and car passes, accommodation details along with other important information. 


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Responsible for all aspects of fleet operation from managing the 'pool' to individual tasking.

RAF Charitable Trust

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Assisting the RAF Charitable Trust in manning the Trust's display within the Techno Zone and explaining the objectives of the Trust to visitors.

VIP Guest Management

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Provides driving and escort services for overseas VIP guests and a number of UK based VVIPs.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show Iíve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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