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Apr
27
Sat
2019
Starlab – Free Event
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Starlab - Free Event

Starlab Planetarium

Special 30-Minute Star Shows
For Adults and Children Ages 5 and Up

Ages 3-5 welcome at 10:30 AM

Upcoming Dates

Sunday, March 24

Saturday, April 27

 

10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Each show runs 30 minutes.

 

Explore the Stars and Planets

Enter the amazing dome of a Starlab planetarium and see the glittering stars of the night sky projected overhead. Discover the brightest constellations visible each night and the stars used by pilots, sailors and others to navigate across vast and featureless oceans.

Age Restrictions

Children ages 5 and up are welcome with an accompanying adult at any presentation time. Children ages 3-5 may attend the first scheduled presentation each day, with one accompanying adult required for each child. Children age 2 and under are not recommended. Participants must craw through a short tunnel with reduced lighting to access the inside of the Starlab dome and remain seated throughout the 30-minute presentation.

Starlab Ticketing

Starlab is included with Museum admission.  Space for each presentation is limited, and a separate Starlab ticket is required for each participant in addition to Museum admission. Tickets are available at the Admissions counter in the Gift Shop on the day of each program.

 

Apr
28
Sun
2019
Kids’ Carnival
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, April 28, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, May 19, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, June 16, 10 AM – 12 PM

Additional Dates July 14 & August 25

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival.

Advance tickets available on Eventbrite

Kids’ Carnival Activities

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
April 28, May 19, June 16, July 14, August 25

 

  • Paint a Plane
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Build a Glider
  • Airplane or Helicopter Cockpit Checkout
  • Vertical Wind Tunnels

Sponsored by

May
5
Sun
2019
Flight Simulator Rally
May 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flight Simulator Rally

Flight Simulator Rally

Sunday, March 31 – Spaceflight Approach
Sunday, May 5 – Helicopter Landing
Sunday, June 2 – Ultralight Flight

30-minute sessions begin every half hour between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM.  Event concludes at 4:00 PM.

Take up the challenge in the Flight Sim Zone!

The Flight Simulator Rally, held monthly in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Flight Sim Zone, presents participants with a specific mission in simulated flight.  Each 30-minute session provides ample time for participants to learn a particular flight, then ends with a challenge flight to achieve the best possible results!

The Flight Sim Zone features a full lab of high-fidelity flight simulators, each equipped with realistic flight controls, high speed graphics processors, and dramatic widescreen-format monitors.  Using state of the art flight simulation software, the Flight Sim Zone provides an exceptional recreation of flight suitable for non-flying novices and veteran aviators alike.

Pilots ages 8 and up are welcome to join each month’s Flight Simulator Rally.  The event is included with Museum admission, but space is limited.  Participants must secure a timed ticket from the Admissions counter in the Museum Gift Shop on the day of each program.

Spaceflight Approach

Flown over 100 times between 1981 and 2011, NASA’s space shuttle launched like a traditional rocket but landed on a runway.  Fly the exciting final approach phase of a space shuttle landing in the Flight Sim Zone using a realistic re-creation of this iconic aerospace plane.

Ultralight Flight

Take wing in a super-small ultralight aircraft.  Master short field takeoffs and landings, then make an approach to one of the world’s smallest airfields on the island of Saba in the Caribbean.  Experienced pilots attempt to repeat the feat in a Cessna 172 – precision in required to stay on the runway!

Helicopter Landing

Learn the art of controlling a helicopter in flight, then take the controls to guide a modern chopper to a pinpoint landing!

 

May
11
Sat
2019
Open Cockpit Day
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Open Cockpit Day

Open Cockpit Day

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, May 11, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 am

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Event included with Museum admission.

Online tickets available on Eventbrite

Join us for a unique opportunity to gain a pilot’s eye perspective on many of the Hiller Aviation Museum’s aircraft. The McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, Boeing 747 and Hiller H-12 cockpits are always open, but on Open Cockpit Days the doors and canopies of many additional aircraft in the Museum’s collection swing open to allow visitors a special chance to sit inside and explore the controls and instruments needed to fly these aircraft.

Sit in the cockpits of the following aircraft:

  • Grumman HU-16 Albatross
  • Aero Commander 500U
  • Boeing 737-100
  • Boeing 747
  • Cessna 177 Cardinal
  • Aero L-39 Albatross
  • Bell 47D

Sponsored by

Scout Saturday Event
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Scout Saturday Event

Scout Saturday

Scout Saturday Dates 2018-2019

February 2, 2019
May 11, 2019

No admission charge for Scouts in uniform!

 

The Hiller Aviation Museum provides complimentary admission to all Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform on Scout Saturday!  Visit the Museum’s collection of over 50 different historic aircraft, discover flight with a range of interactive exhibits, and join the fun with hands-on explorations in the Invention Lab, Drone Plex and Flight Sim Zone (additional fee applies for flight simulation and some Drone Plex activities).  Explore historic airplanes and helicopters and find out more about the special programs offered at the Hiller Aviation Museum for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout the year.

No reservations are necessary, simply arrive in uniform for an exciting day of aviation discovery.  Adult leaders in uniform or with Scout ID are also admitted at no charge.  Standard admission fees apply for parents and siblings (no charge for Museum Members and children ages 0-4).  Don’t miss the chance to join a high-flying adventure in Scouting!

 

May
12
Sun
2019
Aero Design Challenge – PM
May 12 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Aero Design Challenge - PM

Aero Design Challenge

Grades 5-8

Monday-Tuesday, October 29-30
Monday-Wednesday, November 5-7
Sunday, May 12
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, June 23
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

 

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 2.5-hour program explores concepts in aeronautics that challenges participants to construct a working prototype.

Each student in the Aero Design Challenge participates in a series of discovery experiences in the Hiller Aviation Museum’s main gallery, including:

  • Wind tunnel experiments
  • Examination of full-scale aircraft
  • Flight simulation
  • Model helicopter flight tests

Following the exploration period, students join a small team to construct, test, improve and present a model helicopter able to satisfy the design requirements.

Now entering its sixth year, the Aero Design Challenge is part of the Bay Area Science Festival and celebrates the design thinking process in the world of flight. Offered at no cost to participants through the generous support of sponsors and the engagement of scores of volunteers from local technology businesses and universities,  the Aero Design Challenge has engaged over 2,000 participants since its inception.

Aero Design Challenge generously sponsored by:

Helicopter Challenge

For this year’s Aero Design Challenge, participants investigate lift and aerodynamics while designing, building and flying a helicopter capable of remaining in flight the longest possible time!

Aero Design Challenge participants work in teams of up to 4 students, accompanied by a volunteer mentor, to investigate vertical flight.  Discovery stations include the Invention Lab, Wind Tunnel and Flight Simulator Lab; the Drone Plex’s flight enclosure will be used for experimental helicopter flights.

How to Register

Aero Design Challenge programs are provided to participants at no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.  School groups may complete a field trip reservation request using the Museum’s convenient online request system.  Individuals and small groups may enroll using the Aero Design Challenge registration portal.

All Aero Design Challenge participants will receive a confirmation email and additional information regarding the program approximately one week prior to program date.  Make your plans now to join an exceptional hands-on aerospace engineering experience.

Exciting News!

The California Association of Museums and State Superintendent’s Office of Public Instruction have awarded the Hiller Aviation Museum the Excellence in Museum Education Award for its Aero Design Challenge.

Click here for more information.

May
19
Sun
2019
Kids’ Carnival
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, April 28, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, May 19, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, June 16, 10 AM – 12 PM

Additional Dates July 14 & August 25

Event included with Museum admission. No charge for Museum Members.

Join the excitement with special activities just for kids!  Aircraft checkouts, cockpit exploration, glider and helicopter construction and more are just some of the activities available at each Kids’ Carnival.

Advance tickets available on Eventbrite

Kids’ Carnival Activities

Outdoor Kids’ Carnival
April 28, May 19, June 16, July 14, August 25

 

  • Paint a Plane
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Build a Glider
  • Airplane or Helicopter Cockpit Checkout
  • Vertical Wind Tunnels

Sponsored by

May
26
Sun
2019
Paper Airplanes
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Paper Airplanes

Paper Airplanes

Upcoming dates:

Saturday, May 26, 11 AM

 

Everyone loves paper airplanes. We turn into test pilots just by folding sheets of paper. We make them to see how fast they will go or how far they will fly, we even try to do aerobatics with them.

One of the top paper airplane makers in the country (and world record holder), John Collins, will join us for an expert demonstration of the wonder, delight and aeronautic capabilities of hand made paper gliders. John is world distance paper airplane record holder and a master paper airplane builder. John has written a number of books on building paper airplanes that will be available at the event and John will make sure he personalizes it just for you.

John’s discussions and demonstrations will last approximately 45 minutes. No reservations are required and the event is included with your museum admission.

John’s creative designs include planes so light that simply holding it above your hand and walking makes it fly. He has planes that perform unique aerobatics and even planes that become two when thrown in the air.

Fly for Fun Days
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fly for Fun Days

Fly for Fun Days

Paper Airplane Workshops

Recommended Ages 7 and Up

Future Dates:

Sunday, May 26 – Distance Flight

 

Join the excitement of the National Paper Airplane Contest at the Hiller Aviation Museum!  Each Fly for Fun date investigates the science of flight with paper airplanes using curriculum content developed by author and record-setting paper airplane ace John Collins, frequent presenter at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

In the distance competition, participants explore the science of aerodynamics and techniques for constructing gliders with minimal drag to boost the chances of producing spectacular distance flights.  In the assisted flight competition, high lift is the key as each glider is designed to have maximum loft.

Each Fly for Fun event is included with Museum admission.

Distance

Sunday, May 26, 2 PM – 4 PM

Go long with a power-assisted paper plane launch! Explore the role of drag in aircraft flight and construct a long-distance paper glider able to be launched with a blast of air, then launch it across the great indoors of the Museum’s Atrium!

Assisted Lift

Sunday, November 11, 1 PM – 4 PM

The wing’s the thing in a contest to construct a paper plane with minimum sink rate—and maximum flight time! Learn how the force forces of flight combine in a simple glider, and then build and test your own design under the guidance of Hiller Aviation Museum staff and volunteers!

Fly for Fun Days programs are included with admission to the Hiller Aviation Museum (no charge for Members).

All program participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Check in at the Museum Gift Shop on the day of the program to register.  Adults and children are welcome to join, but participants should be able to fold paper confidently.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the world of paper-light flight at the Hiller Aviation Museum!

John’s creative designs include planes so light that simply holding it above your hand and walking makes it fly. He has planes that perform unique aerobatics and even planes that become two when thrown in the air.

Jun
1
Sat
2019
Biggest Little Airshow
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Biggest Little Airshow

presents

Biggest Little Air Show

Saturday, June 1, 2019
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Flight demonstrations from 10:30 am – noon!

Big things come in small packages in an amazing aerial display at the Hiller Aviation Museum!

Promo video from a previous year’s event

Beautifully detailed radio control model aircraft will be on display at the Museum from 10 AM to 1 PM, with air show flight demonstrations from 10:30 AM to 12 PM.

Event is included with Museum admission—no charge to Museum Members! Capacity is limited.

Pre-purchase online tickets available on Eventbrite

This year’s show will match a thrilling aerobatic performance by airshow pilot Vicky Benzing in her Stearman Bi-plane along with demonstrations of exceptional radio controlled models.

It’s OK to bring a small, portable folding chair for your viewing comfort!

San Carlos Airport will close to regular traffic from 10:30 am to noon to allow realistic jet- and propeller-powered model aircraft to roll down the runway and into the sky to take their part in a unique aerial extravaganza including aerobatic helicopters, drones, quadrotors and more!!

Performers are scheduled to include:

  • Vicky Benzing in her 1940 Stearman Bi-plane. 
  • The RC Flyers model aircraft demonstrations
    • Aerobatic gyroscopic routines
    • 3D aerobatic helicopters
    • DRONES
    • Quads
    • Jets and other RC aircraft

Flight Demonstration Schedule*

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Opening ceremony
WWII Warbirds
Future Fight – Star Wars
Dueling Bi-Planes
Drone Race & Freestyle Demo
IMAC 3D Aerobatics
EDF Jets
Combat Planes
Turbine Jet
Stearman Bi-plane flown by Vicky Benzing

12:00 – 1:00 pm
Drone Demos in the Drone Plex
Nano and Mini Drones in the Nano Cage in the Atrium Room

*Schedule subject to change without notice

Vicky Benzing and her 1940 Stearman Bi-plane

Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer. Vicky has over 8000 hours of flight time and over 1200 parachute jumps. Her flying career has spanned more than thirty years and she currently holds an Airline Transport Pilot Rating as well as Commercial Ratings in helicopters, seaplanes and gliders.

 

1940 Boeing Stearman Bi-plane

Vicky’s beautiful Stearman was manufactured in 1940 by the Boeing Aircraft Company for use as a Military Trainer in WWII. In February 1946 after the war ended, this aircraft was sold from the war assets administration for $770.

After many years serving as a crop duster it was restored in 1990 back to original. Vicky purchased the airplane in 1998. She only made modifications to the engine and added a smoke system, other than that it remains like it was originally built over 79 years ago.

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