Pearson Field Education Center

Open Cockpit Day

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.

Open Cockpit Day

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.

Let’s Take Flight: Fundraising Dinner/Auction for Pearson Field Education Center

Let’s Take Flight is the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s third annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The event will feature a catered dinner and silent and live auction packages such as a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox, a seven-night stay in Honolulu, dinner for seven at the Northwest Culinary Institute, a Skamania Lodge adventure, and two round-trip Alaskan Airline tickets—among many other wonderful items!

The event’s keynote speaker is Jerry McWithey, Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc., a company that designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey’s personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, in Texas.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Trust’s STEM-based aviation education programs which preserve the history of Pearson Field and inspire tomorrow’s aviation professionals. Proceeds support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.

Tickets are $100 per person, including dinner, available by clicking here. The Pearson Field Education Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve at 201A E. Reserve St. For more information about the Trust’s aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation.

Let’s Take Flight!

Let’s Take Flight is the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s third annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, happening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. The event will feature a catered dinner and silent and live auction packages such as a flight over Mount St. Helens, a hot air balloon flight, and a 1961 vintage Wurlitzer 2500 Jukebox, a seven-night stay in Honolulu, dinner for seven at the Northwest Culinary Institute, a Skamania Lodge adventure, and two round-trip Alaskan Airline tickets—among many other wonderful items!

The event’s keynote speaker is Jerry McWithey, Director of Flight Operations at Insitu, Inc., a company that designs, develops and manufactures customized unmanned hardware, software and services solutions for commercial, government and defense customers worldwide. McWithey’s personal story includes service to our country as CO/XO US Navy Electronic Attack Squadron 135; Operations Officer on the USS Kittyhawk out of Yokosuka, Japan; CNE Director of Logistics, N4, in the United Kingdom; and Commanding Officer at NAS Kingsville, in Texas.

Funds raised during the event will benefit the Trust’s STEM-based aviation education programs which preserve the history of Pearson Field and inspire tomorrow’s aviation professionals. Proceeds support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.

Tickets are $100 per person, including dinner, available by clicking here. The Pearson Field Education Center is on Pearson Field at the south end of East Reserve at 201A E. Reserve St. For more information about the Trust’s aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation.

Winter Break Aviation Camps

Pearson Field Education Center will host half-day winter break camps for youth in grades one through four. Kids will test their aeronautical skills at the whirly-gig table, and engineer structures with clothespins and craft sticks. Some other activities include building a wave bottle and making it rain in a jar.

The first session will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The second session will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec, 30. The cost is $40 per day or $140 for four consecutive days. You can register your child for one or more days; classes will be capped at 20 students.

Register by calling 360-992-1815. Pearson Field Education Center is at 201A East Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver.  Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for kids and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun.

Halloween Hangar Party at Pearson Field

Skip the trick-or-treating this year and come to an aviation harvest party at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 (that’s Halloween night, dontcha know). This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors—plus plenty of open cockpit action where kids can experience what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome.

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program, but with reduced hours from 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

Halloween Hangar

Skip the trick-or-treating this year and come to an aviation harvest party at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 (that’s Halloween night, dontcha know). This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors—plus plenty of open cockpit action where kids can experience what it’s like to be in the pilot’s seat. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome.

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program, but with reduced hours from 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

Above photograph: Captain Bones in the cockpit.

Aviation Explorers

The Pearson Field Education Center, in partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy and Aero Maintenance Flight Center, will host the first meeting of Aviation Explorers on Saturday, Oct. 15,  from 11 a.m. to noon. Aviation Explorers is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Pizza will be provided.

Monthly meetings will incorporate exciting activities and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Aviation Explorers will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They will visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants will learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation. The program is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group.

There is no charge to attend the initial meeting. When a post is formally organized, the annual dues will be $24. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. For more information about Aviation Explorers, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or garrett.schmidt@fortvan.org.

Join the Aviation Explorers

The Pearson Field Education Center, in partnership with Cascadia Technical Academy and Aero Maintenance Flight Center, will host the first meeting of Aviation Explorers on Saturday, Oct. 15,  from 11 a.m. to noon. Aviation Explorers is a hands-on program open to young men and women from 14 to 20 years old who have an interest in learning more about careers in aviation. Parents are also invited to attend and learn about the program. Pizza will be provided.

Monthly meetings will incorporate exciting activities and interactions with aviation professionals, exposing youth to potential careers in aviation. Aviation Explorers will experience firsthand what it’s like to be a pilot, aircraft mechanic, aerospace engineer, flight attendant or air traffic controller. They will visit airports, observe flight operations, and experience flying. Participants will learn about the educational requirements and receive tangible advice on steps to take now to prepare for a successful career in the field of aviation. The program is also a leadership development forum, in which participating youth assume governance roles and determine the goals and direction of the group.

There is no charge to attend the initial meeting. When a post is formally organized, the annual dues will be $24. Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. For more information about Aviation Explorers, contact Garrett Schmidt at 360-992-1818 or garrett.schmidt@fortvan.org.

Open Cockpit Day

The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host its annual Open Cockpit Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 28, at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event and all activities are free and allow visitors the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of vintage aircraft in order to experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective.

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, and flight simulator lab. 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.

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve Street. 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 28.

Open Cockpit Day

The Fort Vancouver National Trust will host its annual Open Cockpit Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, May 28, at the Pearson Field Education Center. The event and all activities are free and allow visitors the opportunity to climb into the cockpits of vintage aircraft in order to experience the planes from a pilot’s perspective.

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, and flight simulator lab. 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.

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve Street. 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 28.

Hangar Sale at Pearson

Tools, parts, office supplies, and other items will be available for sale this weekend at a first-ever hangar sale to benefit Pearson Field Education Center, 201 A E. Reserve St., just down the road from Ft. Vancouver. The hangar sale will make room for two planes that are being donated for the purpose of educating students about flight mechanics and plane building. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 15, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Revenues from the sale will benefit Pearson Field Education Center, a program of the nonprofit Fort Vancouver National Trust.

Pilots who rent hangars on the field are also invited to participate. “Many people store non-aviation-related things in their hangars, alongside their airplanes,” said Pearson Field Education Director, Garrett Schmidt. “There could be some very interesting and fun discoveries for the bargain-hunter, or avid garage sale follower—all to benefit aviation education.”

Pearson Field Education Center delivers experiential, aviation-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for youth. It is open every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for youth and families to enjoy free activities such as glider building, flight simulation, and other educational aviation fun. Week-long Aviation Summer Day Camps start June 28. Call 360-992-1815 or go to fortvan.org/aviationeducation for more information.

Halloween in the Hangar

What’s more fun than Halloween? Halloween and AIRPLANES at the Pearson Field Education Center! The free, family-friendly Halloween Hanger event is happening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 (that’s Halloween night). This is a one-stop evening of good ghoulish fun, hands-on activities, candy bags and party favors. There’s no registration necessary, no charge or admission fee, and everyone is welcome.

Here’s what you can look forward to: making whirly-gigs and watching them dance in the vertical wind tunnel, building a glider or balloon-powered car, playing games for candy and favors, playing the remote control plane program on the large-screen TV, and experiencing the fun of flying in the flight simulator lab. (You can’t get THAT while trick-or-treating in your neighborhood!)

Pearson Field Education Center is located at 201A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver, near Fort Vancouver. The Pearson Hanger will also be open as usual for the Open Saturday program, but with reduced hours from 1 to 3 p.m. For more details, call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

Above photograph: Captain Bones in the cockpit, taken at last year’s Halloween Hangar event.

Open Saturday at Pearson Field

Pearson Air Field is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. every Saturday, featuring a free educational program provided by Pearson Field Education Center.

The Fort Vancouver National Trust helps to host this free educational experience, with the Flight Simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, a glider-building station, historic airplanes on-site for viewing, collections on display, and educational programs to propel students of all ages into the wonderful world of flight. Experience the “Golden Age of Aviation” at the Northwest’s first airport, and one of the oldest continuously operating airfields in the country.

To learn more, contact Laureano Mier at 360-992-1818, or visit http://fortvan.org/Education/Aviation.html.

“Let’s Take Flight” Luncheon

This is the last week to buy tickets for “Let’s Take Flight,” the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s first annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The event will feature food by Beaches Restaurant and Bar, local wines, and silent and live auction items including a ride in T-6, two Alaska Airline tickets, aviation paintings, and a flight around Mt. Saint Helens. The fundraiser will support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.

Tickets are $50 per person, $400 for a table for eight, and $1,000 for a sponsor table for ten. Other sponsorship opportunities are also still available. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation to support local aviation education, contact Becky Weis at 360-992-1811 or becky.weis@fortvan.org. For more information about Trust’s other aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1813.

“Let’s Take Flight” Luncheon

This is the last week to buy tickets for “Let’s Take Flight,” the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s first annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The event will feature food by Beaches Restaurant and Bar, local wines, and silent and live auction items including a ride in T-6, two Alaska Airline tickets, aviation paintings, and a flight around Mt. Saint Helens. Volunteers, colleagues, business associates, and community members will recognize the important work of the Pearson Field Education Center.

 The Trust’s STEM-based aviation education programs introduce students, teachers, and the public to the wonderful and exciting careers in aviation. These programs preserve the history of Pearson Field, and inspire tomorrow’s aviation professionals. The fundraiser will support programs such as summer camps, Open Cockpit Days, Aviation Education Resource Fairs, school outreach programs, and free Open Saturdays.

Tickets are $50 per person, $400 for a table for eight, and $1,000 for a sponsor table for ten. Other sponsorship opportunities are also still available. If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation to support local aviation education, contact Becky Weis at 360-992-1811 or becky.weis@fortvan.org. For more information about Trust’s other aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1813.