|Victor Talpa is the driving force behind this large collection of aircraft. As a an aviation engineer he had worked for Aeroflot and the Latvian Civil Aviation administration which sponsored the Young Pilot's Club (YPC). The YPC were tasked with providing professional training for students starting at age 14 on airport procedures, flight theory and military training including parachuting. As the YPC needed training aids they were allotted retired aircraft which the students could study and rebuild as necessary. The collection of airframes grew and included examples of aircraft which are now very rare. When the Soviet Union disintegrated the funding ended the Riga Airport administration stepped in and offered a plot adjacent to Riga - Skulte airport and between 1998 and 1999 the collection was moved to this location. Victor Talpa is the founder and permanent director of the museum which is now privately owned receiving no state funding.
Normal opening hours to the museum appears to be between 09:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, the website suggests that access can be pre-arranged for the weekend, however contact details appear to be absent. A message in his guestbook was not responded to. However I have since found in the Russian language section of the website where it appears that you can send a message directly to Victor Talpa. The English section of the website has some informative details of museum and the exhibits.
My visit on a Thursday was met with a locked gate but a bell on the gate post alerted the museum staff to my presence and my five Euro was collected and I was in! There is a feast of aircraft that are not so tightly packed that photography is impossible, with the exception of the Tupolev Tu-22M1 'Backfire' which is unfortunately stored outside the confines of the public viewing area.