Regional airports support aviation training and education

Regional Aviation Baseline Study

The central Puget Sound is the place to be if you want to earn your wings. Nearly half of the region’s 29 airports report regular flight instruction activity.

Degree and certificate programs are available for those who want to become professional pilots, perform aircraft repairs, or support aviation manufacturing.

Clover Park Technical College offers programs for professional pilots and aviation maintenance and avionics technicians at its South Hill campus, adjacent to Pierce County Airport (Thun Field).

Everett Community College offers training in both advanced manufacturing and aviation maintenance. Its FAA-approved Aviation Maintenance Technology program is located at Paine Field to give students training in real-life work environments.

Norman Grier Field in Kent conducts flight training primarily for the nearby Green River Community College.

For the aspiring aviation and aerospace professionals, Raisbeck Aviation High School in SeaTac uses the context of aviation and aerospace to prepare its more than 400 students for STEM professions.

The region’s airports not only support today’s aviation activities, but also act as a training ground for future pilots and aviation workers.

PSRC is conducting a Regional Aviation Baseline Study to better understand the region’s aviation system and options for meeting growing demand. Results from the study will form the technical foundation for future decisions by regional and state leaders.  A final report is due out in fall 2020.