Boeing Field is a giant classroom for high school aviation students

A group of aviation students from Friday Harbor High School visited King County International Airport/Boeing Field on March 12, 2017

Photo provided by Tim Burke

A group of budding aviation students from the San Juan Islands recently turned King County International Airport/Boeing Field into a giant classroom.

On March 12, the seven grinning students from an introductory aviation class at Friday Harbor High visited the Airport in one of the coolest field trips ever.

The students were joined by their instructor Mari Peterson, an Assistant Chief Pilot for Westwind Aviation in Friday Harbor who regularly flies out of Boeing Field.

They toured the Airport, conducted an airfield inspection, ate lunch at the Museum of Flight and learned about our operations.

Peterson shared a detailed account of the field trip in the ‘San Juan Update’, recounting the group’s flight from the San Juan Islands, circling downtown Seattle and touching down at Boeing Field. Kenmore Air donated the trip.

They toured Signature Flight Support, one of our Fixed Base Operators, or FBO’s, as well as Flightcraft’s maintenance hangar.

Airport Duty Manager Tim Burke guided the group for an inspection of Boeing Field, including the inside of the Air Traffic Control Tower – where they got to see radar screens and learned first-hand what it’s like to be an Airport Traffic Controller.

A group of aviation students from Friday Harbor High School visited King County International Airport/Boeing Field on March 12, 2017

Photo provided by Tim Burke

They also visited the Airport Rescue Fire Fighting facility, led by King County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Butterfield. The students got to sit in the driver’s seat of an airport fire truck and pepper Butterfield with questions about his job and tales of aircraft firefighting.

Burke says overall, the day was an amazing experience for everyone.

“It was a great opportunity for the Airport and our partners to come together to help a young generation of (hopefully) future aviation professionals!” he says.

Thanks to everyone who helped turn this field trip into reality.