CONVERSION to the Harvard – advanced military trainer


Learning objectives

The T-6 Harvard conversion prepares pilots of all experience levels to act as PIC of the T-6 Harvard or any of its many variants. The course covers the following disciplines :

Normal and emergency procedures


Three point landings

Wheel landings

Crosswind operations

Unusual attitude recoveries

Basic aerobatics


If you are interested in a conversion course to the Harvard please download the below manual, just to wet your appetite for free!

1945 AAF Advanced Single Engine Flying Instructor’s Manual

The length of the course

The length of the course – Varies depending on pilot experience but generally ranges from 5 – 15 hours. Students beginning the course should have a tail wheel endorsement in their log book. If they do not, a tail wheel conversion will be completed in the Chipmunk, or similar tail wheel aircraft prior to beginning training in the T-6 Harvard. Harvard conversions will normally be carried out on G-BJST “The Wacky Wabbit”.



Warbird progression

Advanced training – Whether you are looking for a full T-6 checkout or recurrent training, you will walk away with a thoroughunderstanding of the aircraft and the confidence, proficiency and respect that the T-6 Harvard demands. Our experienced warbird instructors can also offer transition programs for those wishing to advance further on to high performance WWII fighter aircraft. We will tailor the training package to suit your individual background and experience level, making the step to the bigger fighter aircraft an enjoyable, safe and educational experience.


Meet the instructors

You can be assured of expert tuition from our instructors who between them have over 60,000 flying hours! T6 Harvard Aviation instructors have many hours instructing specifically on the Harvard and guarantee excellent, safe instruction passing on years of knowledge and experience.

  • Neil Oakman – FI/Examiner – Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Glen Fricker – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot    
  • Mike Cuming – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot
  • Brian Jones – FI – Commercial Airline Pilot       

                                         Glen Fricker – Instructor                        Neil Oakman – Instructor Examiner

                Mike Cuming – Instructor

Mike Cuming

T6 Harvard Student testimonials

Andy Goodall makes his first T6 Harvard solo April 2013

When Andy started flying the Harvard under instruction he had around 1200 hours in total on “nose draggers” and only 10 hours on tail draggers. (Auster/Cub) The Harvard was a challenge initially however after intensive training from the T6 Harvard instructors, Andy finally went solo. Following his first solo and much “circuit bashing,” Andy completed over 50 hours of aerobatics and achieved his Display Authorisation. (DA) He now has over 200 hours and his ambition is to fly the Hurricane




Peter Kirkpatrick makes the conversion to the T6 Harvard

Peter is a leading UK Neurosurgeon who has many hours flying the amazing Pitts Special in some very unusual attitudes! Before Peter takes to the skies in his very own Hurricane, he is getting comfortable in the “beefier” T6 Harvard. The T6 Harvard is of course excellent preparation for the WW2 fighters,  such as the Hurricane Spitfire and the P51 Mustang.




Moving Up by the Wartime Route – Becoming a Spitfire pilot

Taken from a beautifully written article by Howard Cook for the Vintage Wings of Canada – Moving Up by the Wartime Route – Becoming a Spitfire pilot – Please click on the link

“The Harvard is still the best trainer to get used to the speed and handling of the Spitfire.  The speed for the downwind turn and into finals and the landing are the same for the Harvard as for the Mk.V Spitfire – abeam threshold 100mph reducing speed to 80mph over the numbers for a 3-pointer.  In the Harvard, in a crosswind you must get rid of any drift or it can bite hard – excellent preparation for the narrow undercarriage of the Spitfire”.