PILOTS Program

PILOTS group photo

PILOTS = Passion + Integrity + Loyalty + Optimism + Tenacity + Service

Established in 1973, the Mystic Seaport PILOTS program was designed to give members a greater understanding of the Museum’s day-to-day operations. Working as a team to accomplish a variety of work projects, PILOTS receive special insight and behind-the-scenes views of Mystic Seaport as they work alongside Museum staff for a spring and/or fall weekend each year. Since its inception, the program has grown to over 275 pilots who contribute more than 1,300 hours of service annually.

As extraordinary supporters and advocates for the mission of Mystic Seaport, PILOTS participate in an assortment of on-grounds projects ranging from thought-provoking research to challenging active work. Many of the Museum’s seasonal and often unglamorous chores are completed by this wonderful group of dedicated workers. All areas of the Museum welcome and greatly appreciate the help provided by the PILOTS.