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After careful deliberations, the sponsors of Paine Field Aviation Days have decided to take a break from the event for 2019.
The annual aeronautic exhibition has long been a late May fixture at the Snohomish County-owned airport. In recent years it has been a group effort presented by the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum, the Historic Flight Foundation, the Washington Pilots Association and airport staff.
Staging the event was not an option this year, the sponsors recently concluded.
“As we work through the logistical issues with our partners, we share a commitment to re-evaluate the feasibility of continuing Paine Field Aviation Days, perhaps as early as next year,” Airport Director Arif Ghouse said.
The Washington Pilots Association has long used the event as part of its Aviation Academy youth program. The airport is working with the pilots to ensure that young people enrolled in the program this year still receive the full benefit of the academy, including the traditional graduation flights.