Aviation lovers and aspiring pilots of all ages are invited to the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s annual Open Cockpit Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 27, at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event and all activities are free, allowing visitors the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of vintage aircraft and experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective.
Pearson Field pilots and owners of aircraft stored at Pearson Field will bring out their planes and invite the public to sit inside and get a pilot’s-eye view of the controls. View historic planes up close and take a turn “flying” the Real Flight 7.5 simulator program on a large-screen TV. Additional activities will include the popular vertical wind table, glider-building station, the flight simulator lab, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities. Bonus: the Young Eagles Program of EAA Chapter 105 will sponsor free airplane rides for youth, ages eight through 17, with written permission from parents or guardians. Rides will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, weather permitting. Come early to claim your child’s spot!
Representatives from Aviation Explorer Post 1905 and the Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to talk to young people about becoming involved in youth aviation programs. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve Street. Parking for Open Cockpit Day will be in the field northeast of the airport along E. 5th St. between S and U Streets. The Civil Air Patrol will be on hand to direct parking. For more information about Open Cockpit Day and other Fort Vancouver National Trust Aviation Education Programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation—and check out this year’s week-long summer aviation camps for kids, the first of which starts on June 27.
The Pearson Field Education Center is a program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit since 1998. Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs for youth. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities.