Monthly Archives: August 2018

Our 2018 Annual Joint Picnic with EAA84

On August 11th the Red-Tailed Hawks partnered with EAA 84 for our annual Joint Picnic. The Lord blessed by lifting the clouds enough to fly in spite of intermittent showers at Harvey Field, WA. Forty-six participated including 24 youth who enjoyed Young Eagles flights. RTH appreciates the efforts of Jim McGauhey and Richard Morrison of EAA84 for recruiting pilots and organizing the flights.

Here is the best part: Our BPA Summer Flight Academy and Red-Tailed Hawks FLY Cadets like Bella Capuano and Maya McDonald took opportunities to teach the younger youth how to pre-flight an airplane.

Kiki Tatah Mentan, RTH, presented the history lesson on Ruth Carol Taylor, a journalist and registered nurse who became the first black female flight attendant (stewardess) when she joined Mohawk Airlines in 1958. When Mohawk announced its interest in hiring minority flight attendants Taylor was selected from over 800 black applicants.

Jovonia Taylor, Boeing 767 Chief Project Engineer, led the students in a hands-on lesson in the basics of airplane system design. This involved making paper airplanes that hosted a circuit that lighted an LED and flying them. Thanks to Dr. Tyria Riley, her colleague at Boeing for assisting with the lesson.

The food was awesome. Families brought side dishes and desserts to go along with the freshly grilled hamburgers and fried chicken. Next year will be bigger and better.

Sam Bruce Aviation Experience at Pearson Field (VUO), Vancouver, WA.

Yesterday, the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club, BPA, hosted the first ever Sam Bruce Aviation Experience at Pearson Field (VUO), Vancouver, WA. Along with our Presenting Sponsor, Sam Bruce Chapter, TAI, and NESSP partner Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum we introduced 19 students from the Portland, OR area to the world of aviation.

Karen Robinson, SBC President, began the learning with the Tuskegee Airmen Story. Jesse Hayes, SBC Youth Programs Coordinator, encouraged the students to have a “Red-Tail Mentality” – work together, strive to be the best, and fight the right fight.

Jesse Hayes went on to discuss “The Wonder of Flight” as he equipped them with a little pilot knowledge and an overview of aerospace engineering. He was followed by the Paul Gelinas, President Evergreen Board of Directors, and his wife Lynn introduced the students to opportunities offered by the museum and blessed them with helicopter modeling kits. The student worked to build the models just prior to lunch.

After lunch, the students flew with the Red-Tailed Hawks, pre-flight inspected a Bonanza and participated in a college/career discussion.

The day closed with exploring the Pearson Field Education Center, where they built and flew Styrofoam airplanes, flew tabletop simulators, saw a model display of the four airplanes the 99th Pursuit Squadron flew during WWII, and many other activities.







Red-Tailed Hawks FLY! program closes out and five continue training in Phase II

Red-Tailed Hawks FLY! the program closes out and five continue training in Phase II. Congratulations to our FLY Cadets! They completed FAA Private Pilot Ground School, participated in STEM lunch-n-learns, learned about historical figures and discussed aerospace-related career fields. Oh, did I mention, trained to fly an airplane?! It was a demanding two-week period during which each cadet learned practical applications of STEM, discovered things about themselves and applied new knowledge to new skills in the air. Five performed well enough to continue in the program and potentially solo. Two earned funding towards earning their Private Pilot certificates.

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