Red Tailed Hawks Flying Club | Mukilteo, Washington 98275

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Why Choose Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club?

RTH Aviation Day Camp

RTH Aviation Day Camp is a hands-on exposure to the world of aviation held at Boeing Field, Seattle, WA each fourth Saturday in July.  We introduce underrepresented middle and high school students in the Puget Sound area to the world of aviation.  We provide them with basic pilot knowledge, provide hands-on STEM experiences, teach aviation history, and provide discovery flights in general aviation aircraft.


COVID-19 mitigation procedures are in place.  Some learning activities will be conducted on the preceding Friday via Zoom.

Red-Tailed Hawks FLY

Red-Tailed Hawks Flight Lessons for Youth (FLY) is a flight training program held at Galvin Flying, Boeing Field, Seattle, WA begins the 2nd Saturday in July and end the 4th Saturday in July after service during RTH Aviation Day Camp.  The flight training opportunity is open to underrepresented students ages 16-21.
Cadets receive 40 hours of Private Pilot ground school, 10-12 hours of flight training, 10 hours of Earth and space sciences lunch & learns and more than 20 hours of mentoring.  Cadets that perform well are eligible to earn funding for pilot certification.

Read the Red-Tailed Hawks FLY brochure to learn more.

BPA Summer Flight Academy

This is a BPA national program in Houston, TX during which cadets receive 10 hours of flight training and 40 hours of ground school. Red-Tailed Hawks Chapter sponsors 3-5 student members annually. 336 hours • $3800 (Full-Scholarships for Members)

Red-Tailed Hawks Youth Program

This is a year-around STEM program that meets once a month to expose students to different aspects of the aerospace industry. Every meeting includes pilot knowledge and aviation history. 4 hours • $20 membership

Red-Tailed Hawks Aviation Experience

RTH Aviation Experience is held at Pearson Field, Vancouver, WA just across the river from Portland, Oregon.  Held the fourth Saturday of June, we introduce underrepresented middle and high school students in the Portland/Vancouver area to the world of aviation.  We provide them with basic pilot knowledge, provide hands-on STEM experiences at the Pearson Field Education Center, teach aviation history, and provide discovery flights in general aviation aircraft.


COVID-19 mitigation procedures are in place.  Some learning activities will be conducted on the preceding Friday via Zoom.


Discover Our Love For Flying!

Our Story of the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club

Teenager Flies High and Becomes Licensed Pilot

NBC Nightly News with Lestor Holt

Some of the things we do:

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We fly airplanes

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We fly together and with other BPA chapters

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We teach, coach and mentor

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We give airplane rides

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We host fly-ins

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We host social events

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We encourage youth to remain in school

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We promote pilot proficiency

Jesse Hayes IV 

Founder & President


Growing up in Houston, TX, he was first introduced to aviation by the Bronze Eagles Flying Club in 1968. His first solo was at the age of 15. He remained connected to general aviation while in the Air Force and helped start a new chapter of Black Pilots of America, Inc. (BPA): the Arkansas Thunderbirds. While living in Waco, TX, he started the Bronze Eagles Flying Club’s Waco Region and the annual Waco Youth Fly-In. Now a resident of Washington State, he has introduced BPA to the Puget Sound area as President of the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club (RTH). Under his leadership RTH has grown to be the largest chapter in BPA and created a year-around youth program, two aviation camps and a formal flight training program – Red-Tailed Hawks FLY. With over 40 years of aviation and space operations experience, introducing youth to the aerospace industry is his ministry.

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