Once a month, the Hiller Aviation Museum opens it's doors for a community airplane building and flight competition event.
Starting at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening and extending until the festivities are over at 8:00, youngsters and adults converge in the atrium and build AMA Cub rubber-band powered airplanes from plane kits.
The program starts as the contestants build their plane kits (available at the Flight Shop) using supplies provided. Help is always available for the novice, and helpers are invited to participate in making this a fun event for everyone.
Once built, the planes are adjusted for optimum performance and several test flights are typically made.
- Aircraft construction begins at 4:00.
- Aircraft must be finished before 6:30 to participate in the competition.
- Test flights start at 6:30.
- Flight contest begins at 7:00.
- The contest consists of three mass fly offs; one for youth 14 years and under, one for adults and young adults, and combined fly off for all participants.
- Festivities finish at 8:00.
Awards of gift certificates at the Hiller Museum Flight Shop are given to winners in each category. First place for both the youth and adult contests is $10. First place in the group contest is $25, second and third place is $10.
Flight Night is tentatively scheduled for the third Wednesday of every month except December. Visit the museum's online activity schedule for information regarding future flight night activities. Please feel free to call the museum to confirm as the schedule is subject to change.
All groups must be scheduled to participate in Flight Night. Reservations may be obtained from the Flight Night director Mr. by calling (650) 654-0200. All children in groups must be at least 8 years old, with one adult for every four children. Unfortunately, Tiger Cubs and Daisy Scout groups are too young to participate in this program.
Information on the AMA Cub / Delta Dart, including history, assembly instructions, and hints, can be found here.
Flight night is offered approximately once a month. Please call the museum at the number listed below for schedule information. Further information is available from Flight Night director Mr. .