Paine Field to host 18th annual Aviation Day

By Zoe Jovanovich | May 15, 2013
Courtesy of: Stephanie Allen The NW Beechboys will fly around 4 p.m. on Aviation Day over Paine Field May 18.

Planes will fill the sky on May 18.

Saturday marks the 18th annual Paine Field Aviation Day, put on by Washington Pilots Association, Paine Field Airport, Historic Flight Foundation and the Flying Heritage Collection.

“It is an opportunity for the community surrounding Paine Field to come together and experience aviation at its best,” said Stephanie Allen, static display coordinator. “[We get to] share our passion for aviation with non-aviators and provide an opportunity to learn about general aviation.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will have aircrafts on display – in the air and on the ground – including many from the Historic Flight Collection, Flying Heritage Collection and more than 600 privately owned aircraft.

Many of the pilots out on the flight line, allowing young and old to get up close, chat with them, and see what these aircraft are all about.

The day will be packed full of activities, such as scenic helicopter and bi-plane rides.

“In 1996 the Paine Field Chapter of Washington Pilots Association thought that with the demise of the air show, and noticing that the surrounding community was not aware of any aviation presence at Paine Field other than Boeing, that we would put together a display of our personal aircraft based at Paine Field,” Allen said.

Twenty-three volunteer pilots are expected to donate their time and fuel to offer free flights across Snohomish County to kids ages 8 to 17 as part of the Young Eagles program. Each child will also receive a logbook.

The Young Eagles program encourages youth to grow up to become aviators.

“The EAA recognized in the late ‘80s that there are not many new pilots and kids coming into aviation,” said Dan Thomas, Young Eagles coordinator for the event. “So, they started this program to spark interest and get kids interested in flying and aviation careers.”

Planes are scheduled to take flight starting at noon, including formation flying by The Blackjack Squadron, the NW Beechboys and the Cascade Warbirds.

The Food Court will open at 11:30 a.m. with familiar vendors from in and around Mukilteo. New this year is the Historic Flight Foundation Beer Garden, with live music. The beer garden will close at 5 p.m.

For tickets to the beer garden, go to: http://beergarden.brownpapertickets.com.

There will be plenty of activities for kids, including bouncy houses, face painting and hands-on exhibits from the Pacific Science Center, Museum of Flight, Burke Museum and Star Lab Planetarium and more.

Aircrafts won’t be the only exhibits on display. There will also be car collections and fire engine displays.

Also watch for appearances by the Seattle Seafair Pirates, Everett AquaSox’ Webbly the frog mascot and Everett Silvertips’ mascot, Lincoln.

The Paine Field Firefighters will host its fifth annual Fly Day 5K Run/Walk, which starts at 8 a.m., and followed by the firefighters pancake breakfast at 9 a.m.

The breakfast is $5 and benefits the Washington State Council of Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Tickets are $10 each or free for children under 17 and includes admission to the Flying Heritage Collection and Historic Flight Foundation.

Aviation Day is held at Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field, 3407 109th St. S.W., Everett. Parking and shuttle are free.

For more information, call 425-353-2110 ext. 5 or go to www.visitpainefield.com/pfad.html.

Zoe Jovanovich is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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