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Would you like to spend a few hours getting to know how you can become closely involved with the operation of a famous, historical, airworthy aircraft?

We have successfully operated our wonderful Catalina Miss Pick Up on a shareholder ownership basis for many years. This enables the owners, whether pilots or non-pilots, to join a group of like-minded enthusiasts and get closely involved with flying a Second World War icon.  In order to have a small number of potential owners that we can call upon if a share comes up for sale, we occasionally run a Potential New Shareholder Open Day at our Duxford, Cambridgeshire base.  The next one will take place on October 16th 2022 and the ‘flyer’ available here gives further details.  If you are interested in attending and finding out more about how we operate without any obligation, contact us here.

The Duxford-based Catalina G-PBYA Miss Pick Up has become a very popular and reliable airshow performer throughout Europe. Importantly, she has also proved that the concept of operating a large ‘warbird’ on a shared ownership basis can be a great success and of terrific benefit to shareholders. The operator, Plane Sailing Air Displays Ltd, is planning a ‘future shareholder’ event so that a small reserve of interested individuals can be ready to join our group when one of the 25 shares becomes available, whenever an existing member retires. Share ownership gives the opportunity to fly (for qualified pilots), or fly in (for enthusiasts), the Catalina and most of our existing pilots are shareholders.

This unique and exciting event will be held at Duxford on 16th October 2020 and further information may be obtained by contacting the operator here.
If the idea of being a part-owner of the Catalina and having the chance to get airborne with her appeals, get in contact now!

Programme 16th October 2022

  • 10:30 Meet at the Catalina, Duxford Airfield – refreshments available
  • 11:00 Introduction and presentation on the Catalina and her history
  • 11:20 Shareholder presentation – how the Catalina group works
  • 11:40 Questions
  • 12:00 View the Catalina – exterior and on board
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Catalina display and/or local flight(s)
  • 16:30 Refreshments and close

Note: if a meeting at Duxford on 16th October 2022 is not possible due to Coronavirus, then we will hold an online presentation the same day instead, with a follow-up visit to Duxford to look over the Catalina, and to experience her flying, at the earliest opportunity thereafter.

Please book attendance not later than Wednesday 30 September by contacting David here.

The cost is £150 and this includes entrance to Duxford Airfield, lunch and all refreshments. (Note – this charge will be refunded in full if you subsequently join our group as a shareholder.)

During the afternoon, there may be the chance for some / all of those attending to make a short flight in the Catalina, depending upon circumstances. Any such flying will be free of charge.

Download the full informational flyer

Mike Pinder

Mike has always had a passion for aircraft since an early age. He joined The Catalina Society back in 2005, taking over all aspects digital. He's a glider pilot over in the Netherlands and he comes from a design, business and innovation background. Mike is happy contributing his skills to continue the great heritage of the PBY Catalina.