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Feb
20
Wed
2019
Open Cockpit Day
Feb 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Open Cockpit Day

Open Cockpit Day

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

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

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Feb
22
Fri
2019
Aero Design Challenge
Feb 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aero Design Challenge

Aero Design Challenge

Grades 5-12

Friday-Saturday, February 22-23 (February 23 FULL)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Additional dates available for school groups Grades 5-8 of 50 or more.  Visit the field trip program page for more information.

 

 

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 3-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.

Feb
23
Sat
2019
Aero Design Challenge
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aero Design Challenge

Aero Design Challenge

Grades 5-12

Friday-Saturday, February 22-23 (February 23 FULL)
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Additional dates available for school groups Grades 5-8 of 50 or more.  Visit the field trip program page for more information.

 

 

Aero Design Challenge is an exploration into design and engineering.   Each 3-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.

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Aero Workshop 1:30 PM
Feb 24 @ 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm
Aero Workshop 1:30 PM

Aero Workshop

Grades 3-8

Sunday, December 16
Towers
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Sunday, February 24
Helicopters
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

 

 

 

Put your engineering skills to the test in the Aero Workshop!  Each session is a special 75-minute mini design challenge designed for children ages 8-12.  Each workshop centers on a particular problem in aerospace illustrated by a pair of hands-on experiences.  Participants then work in small teams of 3-5 to design, build and test a working invention, then launching it in a culminating competition.

Towers

Investigate the technologies used to construct towers, from the ancient Egyptian engineer Imhotep to modern Air Traffic Control facilities.  Design and build a tower able to reach the highest possible altitude!

 

Helicopters

Experiment with vertical flight!  Test paper helicopters in a wind tunnel to explore rotary-wing lift, then create an unpowered helicopter designed for long duration flight.

Program Description

Each 75-minute Aero Workshop is restricted to children ages 8-12.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany children throughout the program.

All programs include the following components:

  • Introduction to day’s Aero Workshop theme
  • Hands-On discovery experiences
  • Invention design/creation time
  • Competition at end of session

Aero Workshop participation is included with Museum admission,

How to Register

Aero Workshop participation is included in Museum admission (no charge to Members) and no advance registration is required.  Participants may report to the Invention Lab to check in starting 10 minutes before each scheduled session. 

 

Aero Workshop 3:00 PM
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Aero Workshop 3:00 PM

Aero Workshop

Grades 3-8

Sunday, December 16
Towers
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

Sunday, February 24
Helicopters
1:30 PM & 3:00 PM

 

 

 

Put your engineering skills to the test in the Aero Workshop!  Each session is a special 75-minute mini design challenge designed for children ages 8-12.  Each workshop centers on a particular problem in aerospace illustrated by a pair of hands-on experiences.  Participants then work in small teams of 3-5 to design, build and test a working invention, then launching it in a culminating competition.

Towers

Investigate the technologies used to construct towers, from the ancient Egyptian engineer Imhotep to modern Air Traffic Control facilities.  Design and build a tower able to reach the highest possible altitude!

 

Helicopters

Experiment with vertical flight!  Test paper helicopters in a wind tunnel to explore rotary-wing lift, then create an unpowered helicopter designed for long duration flight.

Program Description

Each 75-minute Aero Workshop is restricted to children ages 8-12.  At least one parent or guardian must accompany children throughout the program.

All programs include the following components:

  • Introduction to day’s Aero Workshop theme
  • Hands-On discovery experiences
  • Invention design/creation time
  • Competition at end of session

Aero Workshop participation is included with Museum admission,

How to Register

Aero Workshop participation is included in Museum admission (no charge to Members).  However, space is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged.  Register online to reserve your space prior to the day of the event – simply pay applicable admission fees upon your arrival on the day of the program.  Participants should check in at the Hiller Aviation Museum Gift Shop no later than 10 minutes prior to program start time to join each program.

Limited same-day, walk-on registration is available for each program.  Inquire at the Gift Shop for more information.

 

Mar
2
Sat
2019
V1 Flying Bomb & V2 Missile of WWII
Mar 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
V1 Flying Bomb & V2 Missile of WWII

History of the V1 Flying Bomb and V2 Missile

Saturday, March 2, 11:00 AM

Presentation by Phil Gioia 

Event included with Museum admission.

An anonymous letter is received by British Naval Intelligence in 1939, warning of mysterious new secret weapons being developed by Nazi Germany.

The British do nothing until 1942, when an accidental overflight of a German base at Peenemünde on the Baltic seacoast reveals heavy construction of a huge, unique military site with adjoining airfields.

Through late 1942 and into 1943 massive concrete structures and unusual radar installations also begin appearing in reconnaissance photos taken over Occupied France.

In late 1943 a young RAF woman Flight Officer identifies a mysteriously shaped object in an air photo of Peenemünde, and surmises it is a flying weapon of some kind. At the same time the Allies also receiving human intelligence reports from resistance fighters on the Continent of some kind of giant rocket.

The Allies are preparing to launch the cross-Channel attack at Normandy in June 1944. A race begins to identify and destroy these new German weapons and their supporting facilities, before they can be brought into action against England.

This the story of the secret development of the Nazi V-1 flying bomb and V-2 missile, and the Allied efforts to destroy them. As Wellington said of the victory narrowly won against Napoleon at Waterloo, ‘It was a damn near-run thing.’ Military historian Phil Gioia will tell this engaging story in detail, with photos of all the principals, weapons, sites, and technologies.

Mar
3
Sun
2019
Flight Simulator Rally
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Flight Simulator Rally

Flight Simulator Rally

Sunday, February 3 – Carrier Landing
Sunday, March 3 – Airport to Airport
Sunday, March 31 – Heavy Weather
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.

Glider Flight

Experiment with glider performance in the airport environment, then launch a flight across water towards a nearby airport to complete a safe approach and landing.

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!

Carrier Landing

Practice the daunting task of landing a modern aircraft on a ship, then drop a tailhook and have a go at making a successful trap! 

 

Mar
10
Sun
2019
Drone Meet
Mar 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Drone Meet

Drone Meet

Event Schedule

Sunday, March 10, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Relay Race

Sunday, April 7, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Precision Landing

Sunday, June 9, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Code & Fly

All competitors must be at least 8 years old to fly at the Drone Meet.

Fly a multi-rotor drone in one of several different skill-specific competitions held in the Hiller Aviation Museum Drone Plex.

Join a Drone Competition!

Fly with the best of the best in a thrilling series of multirotor competitions.  Each Drone Meet event focuses on a different skill in quadcopter flight, and utilizes the Hiller Aviation Museum’s Drone Plex facility.  Drone Meet events include:

  • Preflight briefing
  • Practice with a drone flight simulator
  • Competition using a Museum-provided Drone appropriate for the event

Each Drone Meet features rounds at 1, 2 and 3 PM.  Events are included with Museum admission, but space for each round is limited.  Competitors must register at the Invention Lab (10 AM – 1 PM) or Drone Plex (1 PM – 4 PM) on the day of competition.

Event Descriptions

Precision Landing:  Fly a small multirotor aircraft and land it as close to the target as possible before time expires!

Code & Fly:  Use drag-and-drop programing to code a simple flight routine for a Parrot Mambo drone.  Launch the aircraft and watch it complete its mission autonomously!

Relay Race:  Fly like the air racers of old, completing a circuit around pylons spaced around the Drone Plex.  Fly in teams to complete the race without crashing ahead of the competition!

 

Mar
17
Sun
2019
Flying Leprechaun Skydive!
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Flying Leprechaun Skydive!

Flying Leprechaun Skydive!

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 10 am – 12 pm.

Skydiving “Leaping Leprechaun” at 11AM

Event will be held rain or shine!

The Luck o’ the Irish meets the Hiller Aviation Museum for a special aerial celebration in honor of St. Patrick himself! Join the morning festivities, including free face painting and a jump house. Scour the Museum’s Gallery for hidden Leprechauns and earn a treat from his pot o’ gold!

Tickets available at the door

At 11 am watch a bit of Leprechaun magic and aeronautical skill as the Museum’s own Leprechaun leaps from a helicopter high overhead and descends to San Carlos Airport via parachute.

Children wearing green receive a special parachute toy to commemorate the occasion!

Make your plans to join us for an annual tradition at the Hiller Aviation Museum.

Event included with museum admission.

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Kids’ Carnival
Mar 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kids’ Carnival

Sunday, February 17, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, March 17, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, April 28, 10 AM – 12 PM

Sunday, May 19, 10 AM – 12 PM

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
March 17 (if weather permits), April 28, May 19

 

  • Paint a Plane
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Build a Glider
  • Airplane Cockpit Checkout
  • Imagination Playground Construction
  • Leprechaun Parachute Jump (March 17 only)

Indoor Kids’ Carnival
February 17 (also March 17 in event of inclement weather)

 

  • Vertical Wind Tunnels
  • Paper Helicopters
  • Scorpion Helicopter Checkout
  • Glider Construction
  • Penguin Airplane Assembly
  • Rig-a-ma-Jig Construction

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