Pioneer Airport opens tomorrow, May 2nd and will be open each weekend, Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. After that, the Airport will be open 7 days per week up until Labor Day. Seven hangars grace the Pioneer Airport with a variety of airplanes to view. Plaque cards are located at the hangars and volunteers are available to answer questions or give more details on your self-guided tour of the hangars.
Admission to the Pioneer Airport is included with your regular admission price to the Air-Venture Museum. A tram stops at the Museum to shuttle attendees back and forth to the Airport. This tram runs throughout the day and typically starts around 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. There is light food available at Pioneer Airport like sub sandwiches, chips, cookies, water, and soda. Sit inside to eat or if weather is permitting enjoy the outdoors and eat outside.
Airplane rides are available at Pioneer Airport in vintage airplanes. Pioneer has two bi-planes with open cockpits available for rides at a rate of $70 for a 12-15 minute ride. Just you and the pilot up in the air flying free based on weather conditions and pilot availability. Persons wanting to enjoy this unique opportunity must be at least 16 years of age. If under the age of 18, a signed consent form from the child’s legal guardian is required.
This weekend the Ford Tri-Motor will be on the premises. This is the airplane that was used in the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies,” and goes on tour throughout the country. The Ford Tri-Motor seats 9 people at one time and is an enclosed airplane. Children are allowed on this flight but in order for the flight to take off it must be close to capacity. Cost of a ride on the Ford Tri-Motor is $40 per adult, $30 per child, and $75 for right seats. Again, flights will only take place if conditions are correct, availability of a pilot, and enough participants for this airplane.
For parents with children who are interested in aviation, the Young Eagle Flights will once again be in full-swing. This program is for children ages 8-17 to introduce them to flight and all things aviation. These are free flights and the children go up in an airplane by themselves with the pilot. The pilot will take the child out for about a 10 minute pre-flight prep by walking around the airplane, explain what will be happening, answer questions and get them ready for their flight. Once up in the air, the child will get a chance to hold the controls (roughly 1-2 minutes) and enjoy a 12 minute ride that could change their life forever. Back on the ground the child will receive a certificate and their name will be logged into the worlds largest log book. A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver form. This service is available anytime that Pioneer Airport is open, weather permitting, and availability of a pilot.
All pilots running these programs volunteer their time to make this available to the public. They look forward to seeing you.