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June 2024 Newsletter

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TeenFlight 8 Plane for Sale

Built by students under the guidance of Dick VanGrunsven and a team of mentors, you can take home your very own RV-12iS while helping the next generation of aviators get (and build!) their wings!

Visit to learn more and bid or buy it now!

Bidding starts at $110,000 or you can buy it now for $139,500.

Program Updates

Reminder that this year, Airway Science for Kids won’t be hosting our usual full summer camps. However, we will still be hosting free summer activities for our community members.

Over the course of summer, we’ll be offering a series of free all-day and half-day events, open houses, and workshops for students of all ages both in Portland and Vancouver. Keep an eye on for updates and event schedules.

PFEC will be hosting the Red Tailed Hawks Aviation experience Saturday June 22nd. This is a closed event and PFEC will not be open to the public.

Consider visiting Family Play Day at Vancouver Waterfront Park from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for free music, activities, and more instead

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: These meetings are for adults interested in participating in the Advisory Committee only. Open Saturday activities will start at 10am for the general public!

Remembering D-Day

This month we commemorate the solemn 80th anniversary of the historic D-Day landings. It is a day of honor and remembrance for the sacrifices made by brave soldiers, but it is also a day of celebration as it symbolizes the beginning of liberation for countless lives.

In 2019, VECTORS, now part of Airway Science, embarked on an incredible Virtual Field Trip to Normandy. Collaborating with our host Das from Kerbal Space Academy, we embarked on a mission to capture the stories and sights of this significant location. With the help of our LiveU pack, we accessed exclusive areas, providing you with a truly immersive and one-of-a-kind experience.


We are honored to share the highlights of this remarkable journey with all of you. Watch paradrops in Normandy, listen to an interview with 101st Airborne veteran Norwood Thomas, take part in a tour of G-PBYA “Miss Pick Up,” experience a silent walk through the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, and much more.

Through carefully crafted videos, our aim is to transport you to the heart of this event and honor the bravery of those who fought for freedom. Watch the highlights here:


We also invite you to take a look at our behind-the-scenes video, providing an intimate glimpse into the unforgettable moments and emotions we encountered during this journey of remembrance and celebration.

Join us on this extraordinary adventure as we navigate through challenges, capture the essence of historic sites, and engage with the remarkable stories that unfolded before our eyes.

Watch the behind-the-scenes video here:


Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the end of slavery in the United States. A On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and declared the end of the Civil War and slavery. Despite the Emancipation Proclamation being issued over two years prior, many enslaved individuals remained in bondage until this announcement. Juneteenth serves as a powerful symbol of African-American freedom and the ongoing struggle for equality.

Learn more about Juneteenth and the significance it holds in American History here:

Pride Month

fly with pride

Join us in showing that respect isn’t rocket science.


At Airway Science, we believe that diversity makes us stronger. We are proud to be a safe and inclusive space for everyone during Pride Month and beyond. When we can be our authentic selves, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.

You can learn more about the history our BIPOC community has in the origins of Pride Month here as well as means of addressing inequities

Scholarship Opportunity

Don’t miss this scholarship opportunity brought to you by the NGPA!

Since 1998 the NGPA has awarded more than $1,700,000 in scholarships to  LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies that shared the same aspirations: to become aviators and aerospace professionals.

This is your chance to overcome financial barriers and pursue your aviation dreams. Whether it’s a private pilot’s license, advanced certificates, A&P license, or even a float plane endorsement, NGPA scholarships can be your launching pad into the aviation industry.

The best part? Just fill in one application and have it applied to multiple scholarships you may qualify for.


Mark June 30th on your calendar—the deadline is approaching.

Local Events

Summer Free for All – Cultural Events

All summer long

Portland, OR


Come down to the park and catch free Movies, Concerts, Festivals, and Cultural Events for all ages.

This summer’s lineup includes NewsiesFerris Bueller’s Day OffLittle Mermaid (2023) and much more.

See the full schedule at:

  • Concerts begin at 6:30pm, unless otherwise noted below
  • Movie screenings begin after dusk. Event begins at 7:30pm
  • Festivals and special events begin at varied times

Mississippi Street Fair

Saturday July 13, 2024
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
from Fremont to Skidmore streets


Enjoy a vibrant and free event along North Mississippi Avenue, from Fremont to Skidmore. Discover a bustling scene of homemade goods, specialty crafts, exciting activities, and delicious food showcasing the talents of our incredible community. With over 200 vendors in the past, there’s something for everyone!

Free Summer Meals

Summer break doesn’t need to be a cause of food insecurity for your family.

Check out these local programs that offer free meals for children under 18 in locations across the Portland-Metro Region. Spread the word and help no child go hungry! Dates and times vary but each programs has this rule in common: Children must be present to receive a meal and meals must be consumed at the site of service.

Each link also has information on how to donate food or time to these programs to help support your community!

Vancouver, WA

June 24 to August 9

This year’s program will operate June
24th to August 9th. A list of dates and time will be available in early June.


No paperwork is needed and personal information is not collected.

Learn more here:


To find the site closest to you, you can also text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304.

Contact Miriam Moreno at
(360) 952-8309 | Cell: (360) 553-8064

Portland, OR

June 24 to August 23 (dates vary!)

Play for days at Free Lunch + Play, where kids come to share a meal together and have fun in the sun!

Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm.

Meals provided by Portland Public Schools, Centennial School District, Parkrose School District and David Douglas School District and adhere to the USDA Federal Lunch Program rules and regulations.


Learn more here:

Hillsboro, OR

June 24 to August 15

During the summer months, Hillsboro School District sponsors free lunch in six locations. Meals are intended for children between the ages of 1 and 18, one per person. Children must be present to receive a meal and meals must be consumed at the site of service.


Learn more here:

If you have any questions about the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) please contact Rebecca Wicks, Nutrition Services Supervisor at 503.844.1460.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano (SFSP, por sus siglas en inglés), por favor, comuníquese con Rebecca Wicks, supervisora ​​de Servicios de Nutrición al 503.844.1460.

Farmers Markets and SNAP

With Double Up Food Bucks, you can double your SNAP dollars to spend on fresh produce at participating Oregon CSA’s, Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, and Grocery Stores.

You can redeem this offer at any participating market near you. Find a location at


Residents of Vancouver, WA can also learn more about SNAP Market Match by visiting

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