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Welcome to the Education Center on Pearson Field

The Education Center on Pearson Field is a place where children of all ages can come to play while learning about science, technology, engineering, mathematics and aviation. To those children already showing a keen interest in aviation, we can further engage them through activies, STEAM-based camps, and more. The aviation field has a great need for pilots, engineers and other service-oriented positions. The demand is great and Airway Science is doing what it can to spark and direct the youth in our community on a path to aviation and the many career opportunities in the industry.


Pearson Field is the oldest operating airfield in the Pacific NW and one of the two oldest continuously operating airfields in the United States, receiving recognition in 2012 as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) historic aerospace site. Pearson Field dates back to Lincoln Beachey’s landing of the Dirigible Gelatine in 1905. The army operated a spruce mill for aircraft parts during WWI. Regular army flights at Pearson Field began in 1921 with the opening of a forest patrol base. Reserve fliers from the 321st Observation Squadron trained from 1923 until the squadron was placed on active service in 1941. The year 1937 saw the landing of the first non-stop transpolar flight by the Russian ANT-25. The field continues to serve the region as a vital general aviation center while the aviation education center serves the important roles of preserving the field’s rich aviation heritage and educating all ages in general aviation.


Meet Jean “Sunny” Schiffman. Born in 1924, Sunny was a reluctant yet successful female pilot who has roots at Pearson Air Field.

Upcoming Events

Education Center on Pearson Field Advisory Committee

Beginning in May 2024, join us on the first Saturday of each month, starting at 8:30 AM, for a session dedicated to charting the future course of PFEC and navigating potential challenges that may come up. Over coffee and pastries, we will work together to plot the course for PFEC and we welcome your valuable insights to shape the direction of our organization.

Interested in Joining the PFEC Advisory Committee? Email

Note that this event is adults only. Open Saturday activities will start at 10am for the whole family!

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