Chapter 376

Fresno, CA

What is Bill Smilie Aviation Center?

Bill Smilie created Sierra Sky Park Airport in 1946 as the first residential airpark in the world. To honor that unique and special distinction we are using his name with the permission of his widow Doris and family as the title of a collection of programs for youth and adults around the subject of aviation.

These programs are based at our 6000 ft. Aviation Center/Clubhouse/Hangar at Sierra Sky Park Airport. The following two mission statements are used to focus our efforts in those programs.

Mission statement for Bill Smilie Aviation Center youth programs:

We use aviation as a tool to help get youth excited about academics and achievement.

Mission statement for Bill Smilie Aviation Center adult programs:

We use our resources to attract and encourage adults in the hobby of aviation while promoting safety and proficiency among pilots.

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