The vision and mission of the National Aviation Heritage Invitational is to encourage the preservation of aviation history through the restoration of vintage aircraft to original flying condition. The National Aviation Heritage Invitational promotes aircraft restoration via friendly competition, bringing valuable aviation treasures together in one venue. This endeavor is a joint effort under the auspices of Perform Air International, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the Reno Air Racing Foundation and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Website - http://www.heritagetrophy.org/
Challenger Center for Space Science Education is an international, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) education organization that was founded by the families of the astronauts lost during the last flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle in 1986.
Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada is the local, not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization founded to bring a Challenger Center to Nevada.
Using space exploration as a theme, Challenger Center creates positive learning experiences that raise students’ expectations of success; foster a long-term interest in mathematics, science, and technology; and motivate them to pursue careers in these fields.
Website - http://www.nevadachallenger.org/
The Nevada Aviation Museum is dedicated to preserving Nevada's role in aviation, military, private, commercial, fire fighting, gliders and lighter than air vehicles. We want to preserve the past, memorialize it, value the present and prepare for the future.
Our galleries will feature a number of significant aircraft; The C 46 that was flown in Nevada and on its way to Burma to resupply the Flying Tigers. The MAC (Military Air Command) who taught flying in locations across Nevada during WWII. The training facilities for the Enola Gay (on display at Dulles Intl. Airport) and the aerial tanker pilots fighting the fires of today. Air Racing, the last of it's kind at Stead Airport, vintage fighters, jets and other classes racing for the opportunity to be the best in their class, no where else in the world is this done!
Besides historical and significant aircraft, we want to feature commercial aircraft, private planes, a Lear Jet and helicopters. We expect our guests to walk around many of them, sit in the flight deck, work the controls and imagine what it is like to fly an aircraft. We will have an AWACs aircraft set up for students to sit in and track other aircraft, or simulate a search and rescue, while learning and understanding the principles of flight and dreaming of flying.
Website - http://www.nevadaaviationmuseum.org/
SHADES of BLUE is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to mentoring, tutoring, counseling, and arranging internship and employment referrals for young people who desire to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
SHADES of BLUE is committed to fostering careers for all interested students. Within the organization are numerous professionals that provide a support system for mentoring and job placement that will maximize the probability of success for the students who chose a career in STEM. To achieve its goal, SHADES has developed a system to identify and track its student members from elementary school through college. In addition, SHADES has developed partnerships and strong relationships with many businesses and educational entities within the STEM-oriented fields, thus providing graduates with potential future employment and/or educational opportunities. Although SHADES primarily focuses on aviation and aerospace, the same level of assistance across all elements of STEM is available to all student members.
Website - http://www.ourshadesofblue.org/
Fleischmann Planetarium is part of the University of Nevada, Reno and Extended Studies. We offer public star shows and large-format films showing daily in our dome theater, and public star observing courtesy of the Astronomical Society of Nevada. Built in 1964 and originally called the“Fleischmann Atmospherium-Planetarium,” we were the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies (of time-lapse clouds and weather phenomena).
After recently undergoing upgrades, Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center is now one of the first of a handful of planetariums around the world to utilize the Spitz SciDome digital projector, a high-resolution, state-of-the-art immersive visualization tool that produces extraordinarily bright and colorful 3-D images. The new projector is also adaptable to a number of disciplines and uses, supporting collaborations among the planetarium, other University departments and programs, and community organizations.
The planetarium’s uniquely shaped building, officially termed a “hyperbolic parabaloid,” was designed by famed Reno architect Ray Hellmann, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. It houses:
• An exhibit hall with changing hands-on displays
• A 30-ft. diameter, 60-seat theater with both a state-of-the-art digital star projector and a large-format (70mm) film projector, as well as a powerful surround-sound system
• A gift shop stocked with high-quality science-related toys, clothing, software, and books
• A classroom for our educational programs
• A gallery space for changing exhibits that often accompany and complement our current films and starshows
The planetarium now serves about 44,000 visitors a year, including hundreds of school field trips that introduce students, K-12, to the wonders of the universe.
We invite children and adults alike to stop by and see what’s up!
Website - http://planetarium.unr.nevada.edu/
Perlan Project is a a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit aeronautical exploration and atmospheric science research organization that utilizes sailplanes (gliders) designed to fly at extremely high altitudes.
Become a leading organization for aerospace engineering research, development, innovation, exploration and education
Aeronautical Exploration - Push the frontiers of flight by soaring into near space
Aerodynamic Advancement - Apply upper atmosphere understanding to improve high altitude and extra- planetary flight possibilities
Meteorological Research - Investigate the impact of stratospheric waves on global weather patterns and atmospheric chemistry
Education - Inspire future generations to pursue careers in math, science and research
Website - http://www.perlanproject.org/
The Nevada Wing performs missions for Nevada and the nation everyday. We excel at the three mandated missions of Cadet Programs, Aerospace Education, and Emergency Services. Our cadet program is growing so fast that it's difficult to keep track. Our cadet membership has increased almost 70% in four years.
The Nevada Wing supports our citizens with both membership and public service. We have a 90 minute response time to any call for emergencies, and we host the only fully self sustainable Incident Managament Assistance Team capable of flying anywhere in the 50 states with 4 hours notice.
During major troop deployments the Nevada Wing plays host to thousands of military personnel in transit providing areas for rest, relaxation, and food. This was fully demonstrated in 2012 when we assisted with over 30,000 Marines passing through Nevada.
The Nevada Wing is in integral part of the Aviation Nation Air Show at Nellis AFB each year. We perform low altitude surveys of restricted flight areas to keep our nation's pilots safe. We also perform other support missions for the United States Military as a true Auxiliary to the Air Force.
Website - http://www.nvwg.cap.gov/