Paine Field

Rendering of the new terminal that Propeller Airports plans to build at Paine Field in Everett. The terminal, which will serve the general aviation community, will replace Castle & Cooke Aviation's existing building at the Snohomish County-owned airport. (Propeller Airports LLC)

Propeller Airports to acquire Castle & Cooke at Paine Field

Propeller, which owns the nearby passenger terminal, plans a new complex for private aviation.

 

A Vashon Aircraft Ranger R7 in flight. (Vashon Aircraft) 20210902

Another airplane manufacturer relocates to Arlington airport

Vashon Aircraft, which produces a sport plane, is consolidating work previously done in Woodinville and Everett.

 

Darby O"Neil, left, and Stanislav Ryakhovskiy practice riveting as Apprentice Instructor John Kraft watches on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 in Everett, Washington. ATS, which repairs and overhauls passenger jets for Southwest Airlines and FedEx among other customers, offers a unique 18-month apprenticeship program. Once a month, ATS puts about 10 new apprentices through a orientation. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Airplane mechanics are few, so this company trains its own

The paid apprenticeship program at Aviation Technical Services is helping rebuild a skilled workforce.

 

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)

FedEx to begin weekday flights between Paine Field, Memphis

The cargo carrier has taken over the lease for the Dreamlifter center, which Boeing no longer needs.

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)
Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803

DHL Express orders 12 electric cargo planes from Eviation

Eviation has engineering facilities in Arlington and expects to test fly its first electric aircraft this year.

Eviation's all-electric Alice cargo plane in DHL livery. (Eviation) 20210803
Jackson Ishida, 13, runs through a preflight safety check during a Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club program on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A Mukilteo aviation club helps youth of all colors aim high

The Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club introduces airplanes to kids who might not otherwise spread their wings.

Jackson Ishida, 13, runs through a preflight safety check during a Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club program on Saturday, June 12, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
An artist's rendering of the Eviation Alice electric airplane. (Eviation) 20210705

Arlington company Eviation unveils electric airplane design

The nine-passenger aircraft could fly for the first time this year at Arlington Municipal Airport.

An artist's rendering of the Eviation Alice electric airplane. (Eviation) 20210705
Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘Rosie the Riveter’ reunites with plane she helped build

A 100-year-old Monroe resident came face to fuselage with a World War II Corsair at Paine Field.

Helen Mary Vaudrin, a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Goodyear Aircraft plant in Akron, Ohio during WWII, touches a Goodyear F2G-1 Super Corsair at the Restoration Center & Reserve Collection at Paine Field,  on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Everett, Washington. It is believed she riveted the fuselage of the plane during her time at the Goodyear Factory.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Snohomish County airports get $5.5 million in federal grants

Paine Field will receive $5.4 million. Arlington’s airport and Harvey Field each are getting $59,000.

With the Olympic mountains in the background, the first passenger flight by Alaska Airlines Flight 2878 departs for Portland on opening day of the Paine Field Terminal on Monday, March 4, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Pilot Dan Tarasievich lines up for a landing at  Arlington Municipal Airport after a morning of flying with friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Could Snohomish County’s two largest airports be expanded?

A study explores expanding runways at Paine Field and Arlington Municipal to relieve a coming crunch.

Pilot Dan Tarasievich lines up for a landing at  Arlington Municipal Airport after a morning of flying with friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Shinji Maeda steps out of his plane waving American and Japanese flags after completing his round-the-world tour that took him to 18 different countries on Friday, June 11, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

After 22,000 miles and 18 countries, he landed in Snohomish

Partially blind Japanese native Shinji Maeda came to the U.S. to become an aviator. Then he toured the world.

Shinji Maeda steps out of his plane waving American and Japanese flags after completing his round-the-world tour that took him to 18 different countries on Friday, June 11, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Paul Dolan

Everett’s Aviation Technical Services welcomes a new CEO

The airplane repair company president will step into his role at a critical moment for the aerospace industry.

Paul Dolan

County airport workers got early shot at vaccinations

In January, though they were ineligible, staff booked shots at Paine Field after the airport director’s go-ahead.

An Alaska Airline plane lands at Paine Field Saturday on January 23, 2021. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Alaska anticipates a full schedule at Paine Field by spring

The airline says it will have 13 daily departures by fall and 18 by next spring — “possibly earlier.”

An Alaska Airline plane lands at Paine Field Saturday on January 23, 2021. (Kevin Clark/The Herald)
A flight to Las Vegas is boarding Wednesday afternoon at Paine Field in Everett on May 19, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Alaska Airlines to double Everett flight schedule this fall

The Paine Field terminal is expected to offer at least 12 daily flights by October. In 2019, there were 24.

A flight to Las Vegas is boarding Wednesday afternoon at Paine Field in Everett on May 19, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)

FedEx said to be in talks to take over Dreamlifter center

The air cargo carrier would need federal approval to establish regular service from Paine Field in Everett.

The Dreamlifter Operations Center at Paine Field airport on June 6, 2019. The operations center is located next the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center. (Janice Podsada / Herald file)
Randy White helps transport dogs from a Fetch airplane to cars waiting on the tarmac to transport the animals to The NOAH Center and PAWS on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Go, dogs, go! Cats, too — on a charter flight from California

Wings of Rescue, which airlifts companion animals, made a big delivery to Everett for local shelters.

Randy White helps transport dogs from a Fetch airplane to cars waiting on the tarmac to transport the animals to The NOAH Center and PAWS on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Signs from the Department of Ecology warning about contamination in the creek that runs through Powder Mill Gulch on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State order targets Boeing Everett plant’s polluted history

Records show a dispute over cleanup requirements for chemically tainted water. The company denies there’s a disagreement.

Signs from the Department of Ecology warning about contamination in the creek that runs through Powder Mill Gulch on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, shares a scene from the March 4, 2019 opening of the commercial airline terminal at Paine Field during a Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce virtual gathering on March 17, 2021. From a screenshot.

Passenger service at Paine Field is gradually bouncing back

Terminal operator Propeller Airports foresees a possible upswing by June as air travel rebounds.

Brett Smith, CEO of Propeller Airports, shares a scene from the March 4, 2019 opening of the commercial airline terminal at Paine Field during a Lynnwood Chamber of Commerce virtual gathering on March 17, 2021. From a screenshot.
Kelsey Hughes -- Pilot Kelsey -- is a 747 pilot and the producer of 74 Gear, a YouTube channel for aviation fans. Hughes is in front of a 747 Dreamlifter at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on January 26, 2020 Photo Credit: Kelsey Hughes

This YouTube producer’s other car is a Boeing 747!

His channel, “74 Gear,” offers the flight-deck insight and humor of a 747 Dreamlifter pilot.

Kelsey Hughes -- Pilot Kelsey -- is a 747 pilot and the producer of 74 Gear, a YouTube channel for aviation fans. Hughes is in front of a 747 Dreamlifter at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on January 26, 2020 Photo Credit: Kelsey Hughes