T6 Harvard Ltd has been training pilots to fly the Harvard since 2010. As a result, T6 Harvard Ltd has become one of the most experienced Harvard training organisations in Europe and has trained many pilots that have gone on to fly the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Mustang P-51.
T6 Harvard Ltd, offer conversion courses for pilots who would like to qualify on the Harvard and go solo. “We believe that if we train you, we should stand by our quality of training and let you go solo”.
We are one of the only companies in the world that offer this opportunity. For some pilots, it takes several hours to achieve the required standard to take this historic aircraft aloft solo, and for others, they take to it very quickly the record so far is set at 3.5 hours; however, this is the exception, not the rule!
The Harvard continues to be the go-to aircraft as the “Advanced Trainer” for fighter aircraft designed to do what it was intended to do 80 years ago. Our Mk4 Harvard is not only stunning in its DAF livery but also a joy to fly in fantastic condition inside and out… We aim to get you up to “solo standard” Solo flight may be authorised at T6 Harvard Ltd Instructors discretion which varies from student to student.
Hourly rate – Hourly rates are based on the Hobbs meter, set at air time. Fuel shall be invoiced separately depending on the amount you use at the current Duxford rate. The customer may incur additional training charges, such as landing fees. (T&C apply)
Pre-course study material, see below:
If you are interested in a conversion course to the mighty Harvard, please download the above manuals to whet your appetite for free! The RCAF manual is relevant to our MK4 T6 Harvard. (G-BJST Wacky Wabbit)
Free download of the essential checklist is something to study and commit to memory.
We are always collecting and downloading manuals which we offer on this website for free. In addition, we are always on the lookout for warbird manuals to add to our collection to share them amongst other enthusiasts.
Further reading – Just for interest, I have written my thoughts on the Start, Taxi and take-off based on my own experiences having flown the aircraft for the past ten years and Harvard landings.
To see the cockpit of the Wabbit, please click on the links below:
The course’s length varies depending on pilot experience but generally ranges from 3.5 – 20 hours. Students beginning the course should have a tailwheel endorsement in their logbooks. If you do not have a tailwheel endorsement, we can arrange this by flying the L4 Grasshopper or Chipmunk (Click Link For more info). Harvard conversions will be carried out on G-BJST “The Wacky Wabbit.” (Adam photographed left and below right managed to go solo in 3.5 hours which is a record for us at T6 Harvard Ltd)
Tailwheel conversions – We strongly suggest you have some pre-training on the DeHaviland Chipmunk. Unfortunately, getting time on the famous ‘Chippy’ is becoming increasingly complex with dwindling numbers of serviceable aircraft available; however, we can offer expert training tailored to the T6 Harvard progression. Contact us for more information – [email protected]
Harvard Solo Hire – T6 Harvard Ltd is one of the only companies in Europe that hire out the T6 Harvard. The prerequisite for hiring our Harvard is completing the “Conversion” course. The solo flight may only be authorised at T6 Harvard Ltd Instructors’ discretion which varies from student to student.
Advanced training – Whether you are looking for a complete T-6 checkout or recurrent training, you will walk away with a thorough understanding 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 to high-performance WWII fighter aircraft. We will tailor the training package to suit your background and experience level, making the step to the bigger fighter aircraft an enjoyable, safe, and educational experience.
Dave Higgins is the second student to qualify in 2022!
Well done Dave Higgins who started his initial Harvard training with us in 2020 and qualified as a solo Harvard pilot on the 15th January 2022. Dave is a commercially rated helicopter pilot and now a Warbird pilot! Well done Dave and welcome to TEAM WABBIT!
Adam Lacey joins the Wabbit Team on 7th January 2022 – A record breaker!
Talent spotting: One of the aims of T6 Harvard Ltd is to bring on new pilots and encourage the next generation of Warbird pilots. One of the directors noticed Adams’s passion for warbirds and offered him the chance to instruct for T6 Harvard Ltd if he did the conversion training syllabus with us. Adam did not disappoint and currently holds the record with us at T6 Harvard Ltd for going solo in the shortest possible time of 3.5 hours on the 7th January 2022! Adam began his aviation career serving ten years in the RAF as a Weapons Systems Officer on the Tornado GR4. Leaving the RAF in 2016, he started his commercial pilot training and, in 2018, joined British Airways as a First Officer on the Airbus A320. Adam instructs on single-engine piston aircraft in his spare time and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for aviation with others, particularly when flying vintage aircraft. Well done Adam and welcome to TEAM WABBIT!
Trevor Lawrence goes solo in the Wabbit in December 2021!
Flying Instructor – Trevor Lawrence a commercial airline pilot and qualified flying instructor goes solo on the mighty T6 Harvard with just 5 hours of training. Trevor has flown many vintage types such as the Tiger Moth and the Steerman and hopes to build hours on the T6 Harvard during 2022 and beyond with T6 Harvard Ltd. Trevor can normally be found at Gamsdon airfield instructing everything from PPL to IR. Gamsdon airfield is now our primary airfield where we operate the majority of experience flights from. Welcome to TEAM WABBIT!!
Jeremy Liber joins the Wabbit Team in 2021 – Another record breaker!
Flying Instructor: Jeremy joined the Wabbit team in 2021 having signed up for the Hurricane School. Having done some previous Harvard flying his conversion was quite simple and he went solo in Wacky Wabbit after just three hours of refresher training.
Having gained his licence on DH82a Tiger Moths and now with over 2600 hours total time, virtually all on tail-wheel/skid aeroplanes, he’s flown aircraft as diverse as Currie Wot and Ryan ST-A as well as the Harvard. He sees himself as very much a vintage aircraft pilot. Whilst in ‘real life’ he’s a consultant aeronautical engineer, he holds an FI(A) rating with aerobatics instructional privileges and has taught aerobatics on the Pitts S2A and Stampe SV4C. He spends a couple of days a week giving flying lessons in Tiger Moths. Jeremy has now completed all of the necessary conversion training and will be taking part as an instructor for T6 Harvard Ltd during 2022 and beyond. Well done Jeremy and welcome to TEAM WABBIT.
Dom Geddis joins the Wabbit team in 2021 – Another talented pilot joins the ranks!
Flying Instructor: Dom came to us in 2021 and asked a simple question… “Can you teach me to fly a Harvard, and can I solo it”? The answer was, “Well, give it a go and see what happens” Dom was already a tailwheel instructor on aircraft like the Chipmunk, so it proved to be a reasonably straightforward transition. Sure enough, after a few hours, Dom was doing great, and he achieved his dream after around 6 hours on the 25th June 2021 which is way above average with one of our expert instructors. We were so impressed with Dom’s attitude and professionalism that we offered him a slot as an instructor on our team at T6 Harvard Ltd. Dom will now have his first season as an instructor giving experience flights at some of our prestigious locations from 2022 onwards. Well done Dom and welcome to TEAM WABBIT!
David Petters re-qualifying in the Wacky Wabbit 2020
A commercial 737 pilot and warbird enthusiast, David Petters, exchanges his airliner for the Wacky Wabbit! David originally qualified in G-BJST before she was painted as the Wabbit! Check out Wabbit’s old paint scheme. David is a Co-owner in a Chipmunk syndicate and has many hours flying the Chippy and instructing in it. In addition, David has many hours in the Tiger Moth and, as of 2022, has become one of the senior instructors at T6 Harvard Ltd as a Flying Instructor who instructs on the experience flights and the Harvard Conversion training as a qualified rear seat instructor. Well done David and welcome to TEAM WABBIT!
Andy made his first T6 Harvard solo in April 2013
Make the transition – “Most pilots dream of flying a warbird. Quote: “After many years of flying GA aircraft, I made the transition from ‘nose draggers’ to ‘tail draggers’ (traditional landing gear) and never looked back”! “Having completed my tailwheel differences training, I made the transition to the magnificent Harvard. T6 Harvard Ltd allowed me to solo, then continued to mentor me until I qualified as a Harvard display pilot (DA). Andy now has over 400 hours on the Harvard, mostly aerobatics and airshow practices. following the DA, Andy flew the Mustang P-51 and the Hawker Hurricane. Andy has now revalidated his Class Rating Instructors Course (CRI) and now instructs new students on the mighty T6 Harvard and became a Director of T6 Harvard Ltd. (If you want to know more, take a look at Andys Bio on this Link) Welcome Andy …CAPTAIN – TEAM WABBIT!
Peter Kirkpatrick makes the conversion to the T6 Harvard.
Peter is a leading UK Neurosurgeon who has many hours flying the outstanding Pitts Special in some very unusual attitudes! Before Peter took to the skies in his own Hurricane, he became comfortable in the “beefier” T6 Harvard. Of course, the T6 Harvard is excellent preparation for fighter aircraft such as the Hurricane, Spitfire, and the P51 Mustang. Accruing hours in the T6 Harvard, Peter then went on to solo the Hurricane V7497 and has now completed over 10 hours and is working up to his Hurricane Display Authorisation. you can find more information about Kirk and his progression at the website – Hurricane 501
See the below videos to help and inspire you:
Landing at Duxford on runway 24 grass with a gusty crosswind – Crosswind training is part of the progression training that we specialise in. The Harvard is notoriously difficult to land at the best of times however we can teach the necessary skills required to tackle some of the toughest conditions.
At the Little Gransden event on 29th August 2021, Andy Andy Goodall puts the Wacky Wabbit through its paces with the new smoke system. Displaying from 100 feet, the Wabbit performs effortlessly with the carefully choreographed routine, which has been worked on and honed for the last few years.
The below video was made in conjunction with Dreams of wings, who regularly fly the A2A simulator. In this video, I go through a full cockpit check (At 5:52 seconds)in the Wacky Wabbit. Anyone new to the Wacky Wabbit would benefit from this video as I give a complete orientation adlibbing as I go! It is raw but factual and provides the student with a good heads-up pre-course on what to expect. It is also suitable for the pilot who hasn’t flown in a while to watch and refresh. Enjoy!
The below video is the A2A flight sim based on a T6-G Texan with the Wacky Wabbit Skin. I like this video because it’s based on a T6-G similar to the Harvard MK4 and will give you a flavour of what to expect when flying the real thing! So watch and enjoy as you fly the Texan from Wycombe Air Park to Duxford.
When I was on the Red Devils Free Fall Team, we produced an end-of-year team film of all the year’s highlights; I guess those habits die hard! So this is a brief video with some of the highlights of 2020, even though it was a terrible year for aviation due to Covid restrictions!
Harvard training in 2019
This is what you can do when you get your DA! Some pre-display training in Turkey in the T6-G Texan “Happy Hour” N726KM
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