Pearson Field

Halloween Hangar Party

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!)

All kids will receive a candy bag, while supplies last. Young people ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 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. For more details, call 360-992-1815.

Let’s Take Flight

Let’s Take Flight is the Fort Vancouver National Trust‘s second annual fundraiser for the Pearson Field Education Center, happening from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The event will feature a catered brunch buffet and silent and live auction packages such as round-trip Alaska Airline tickets, a biplane ride, a Mount St. Helens guided climb, a survivalist adventure, a hot air balloon flight, a week of Aviation Summer Camp at Pearson Field Education Center, a catered party in the Pearson Field Education Center, and a catered holiday party at the Marshall House.

The morning’s keynote speaker is Jessica Cox, the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s license. She has also earned two black belts in Taekwondo, and is an accomplished swimmer, surfer and scuba diver. 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 $60 per person, available at fortvan.org/letstakeflight2016. 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.

Hangar Sale at Pearson Field

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 Hangar at Pearson Field

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.

Jessica Cox at Pearson Field

Pearson Field Education Center will host Jessica Cox at the weekly Open Saturday program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 210A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. The public is invited to come meet Cox and learn about her extraordinary achievements.

Born without arms, Jessica Cox nevertheless earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in the same way that most people use their hands. She is the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA martial arts and she holds the Guinness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet. To learn more about Cox, visit her website at www.rightfooted.com.

The Pearson Field Education Center is an educational program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. The center is open to the public every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with free activities such as glider building, a flight simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, open cockpits and more. To learn more, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

Jessica Cox at Pearson Field

Pearson Field Education Center will host Jessica Cox at the weekly Open Saturday program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 210A E. Reserve St. in Vancouver. The public is invited to come meet Cox and learn about her extraordinary achievements.

Born without arms, Jessica Cox nevertheless earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in the same way that most people use their hands. She is the first person without arms to get a black belt in ATA martial arts and she holds the Guinness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet. To learn more about Cox, visit her website at www.rightfooted.com.

The Pearson Field Education Center is an educational program of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. The center is open to the public every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with free activities such as glider building, a flight simulator lab, vertical wind tunnel, open cockpits and more. To learn more, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1815.

 

Air Education Summer Camps

Parents: it’s nearly over. You know exactly what I’m talking about—the blessed freedom of the school day, when no school-age child ever says to you, “I’m bored.” Never fear! Pearson Field Education Center is on the job with two fascinating summer camps for your airplane-obsessed kids ages nine to 17: “Introduction to Radio-Controlled Flight” and “Introduction to Aviation 101.” Here’s the rundown:

  • Introduction to Radio-Controlled Flight
    Session 1: June 23-27
    Session 2: July 14-18
    Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) safety codes and principles will be taught to all students participating in this fast-paced camp. Principles of construction of model aircraft, power plants, and principles of radio-control systems will be covered. Students will receive flight training with AMA-certified instructors at an AMA-sanctioned airfield. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An extra lab fee of $100 is required for this class; the lab kit includes materials needed to construct and operate a remote control airplane, which the student keeps.
  • Introduction to Aviation 101
    Session 1: July 29-Aug. 3 (sponsored by Captain Al Coupe)
    Session 2: Aug. 12-16 (sponsored by RSV Building Solutions)
    This five-day camp introduces students to the basics of flight and the principles of aviation and includes a trip to a local air museum and a behind-the-scene visit to Portland International Airport. Camp culminates with the student operating the controls of a flying airplane. Hands-on activities include building gliders, use of the flight simulation lab, open cockpit, familiarization with various aircraft, and a bit of aviation history. Camp runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Registration is open now for all sessions, and every camper gets a free t-shirt with his or her $400 registration fee. Campers should bring their own lunches, snacks, and beverages. Both camps take place at Pearson Field. To register, download the 2014 registration form and e-mail to deborah.bessette@fortvan.org, fax to 360-992-1810, or mail to the General O.O. Howard House, 750 Anderson St., Vancouver, WA 98661.

 

Aviation Fair

The Pearson Field Education Center will be holding an Aviation Education Resource Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. The Aviation Fair will introduce students, teachers, and the public to the wonderful and exciting careers in aviation. The fair is sponsored by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and will include industry leaders and educational institutes in the field of aviation such as Air Force ROTC Det 695, Camas Washougal Aviation Association, Alaska Airlines, Aero Maintenance Inc., Airway Science For Kids, EAA Chapter 105, Columbia Cascade, Portland Community College, Boeing, Federal Aviation Administration, Clark County Skills Center, Academy of Model Aeronautics, Pearson Field Advocates for General Aviation, Civil Air Patrol, and others. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information about this event and other Fort Vancouver National Trust aviation education programs, visit www.fortvan.org/AviationEducation or call Deborah Bessette at 360-992-1813.

Fort Vancouver National Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the preservation and education purposes of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The trust’s mission is to achieve national recognition of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site as a premier historic destination. The trust supports Fort Vancouver partners in a collective effort to preserve, enhance and operate Fort Vancouver for public benefit through education, resource development, advocacy, community programs and cultural tourism. To learn more, visit www.fortvan.org or call 360-992-1800.