My name is Volker Bau. I am 46 years old and head test pilot at Airbus Helicopters. I have been flying since I was 14 years old. Like many flying enthusiasts, I started out with gliders. I decided from an early age that I wanted to make a career out of flying and started off in the air corps of the German armed forces. I went on to study at the armed forces university and learned how to fly helicopters on the ALII. Later, I went on to fly the UH1D and CH53 models.
While I was writing my thesis, I also obtained a license for ultralight aircraft. In 2000, I started working as a test pilot at WTD61 (the German army’s technical and airworthiness center for aircraft) in Manching (Germany). In 2001, I graduated from the ETPS test pilot school at MoD Boscombe Down in the UK. After completing numerous shorter test flights and flying a wide range of different helicopters, I switched to Airbus Helicopters at the end of 2006, where I am now head test pilot.
In my spare time, I fly a Piaggio P149 and a Boeing Stearman. It is a great honor for me to fly the Me 108 and the Me 109 at the Messerschmitt Foundation. Even as a child, I was fascinated by the Me 109. When it was built, its outstanding technology and engine were extremely advanced at the time. Today, it is a real joy for me to be able to show this very challenging and rare plane to such a wide audience.
Messerschmitt Museum of Flight