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Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center Honored with NW Spirit of Aviation Airport Award
The Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Pearson Field Education Center has been presented with the NW Spirit of Aviation Airport Award from the Washington Aviation Association (WAA).
As described in the WAA 2014 NW Aviation Conference & Trade Show Program, “The Northwest Spirit of Aviation Awards are hosted by the Washington Aviation Association. These awards were initiated to highlight and honor individuals and local businesses who have displayed extraordinary passion and commitment to the aviation industry.”
After moving out of the Pearson Air Museum in February 2013, Aviation Education Center Director Laureano Mier moved the Trust’s Aviation Education programs to a storage hangar on Pearson Field that would later be named the Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC). After moving, Mier and his dedicated team of volunteers put many hours of hard work into replicating the educational environment that once lived in the museum.
Since the move 12 months ago, Trust Aviation Education programs have flourished under the direction of Mier. The recently revived free Saturday programs, once offered at the museum, are now open to the public every Saturday at the PFEC from 1 – 5 p.m. Aviators young and old are invited to visit the PFEC and learn about the history of Pearson field, build a model glider, construct a flying whirligig for the vertical wind tunnel, and explore the open cockpit of the T-28 war plane.
The Pearson Field Education Center also offers outreach programs to local high schools. One of which encompasses twelve visits over the 2013-14 school year covering a variety of topics including propulsion systems, air science 101, model rocketry, careers in aviation, history of Pearson Field and its aviators, flight physiology, and more. Additionally, four aviation summer camp sessions, two open cockpit days and young eagle programs, and the Embry Riddle Aviation Education Fair, are offered in the summer.
The Trust would like to thank Laureano Mier for all of his hard work and all of the faithful volunteers and Trust staff that have made this award possible.
“It is a great privilege and honor to have the efforts of our volunteers recognized for their excellence in aviation education.” – Laureano Mier, Director of Aviation Education Programs