Welcome to The Tom Wathen Center @ Historic Flabob Airport

The Tom Wathen Center

Flabob Airport is the home of the Tom Wathen Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to education through aviation. Founder Tom Wathen believes that aviation is a powerful stimulus to learning, especially the vital STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.      


To be an Aviator is the true volunteer experience. Think and breathe the world of flying with others of like thought. Join us in field trips, docent opportunities, speakers, fundraising, and more. This program includes volunteer opportunities that open the door to our pilot training program. The Aviators is for 14 years and up with the ability to grow into adult leadership roles.

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On Saturday May 3, 2014 seventeen year old Bridget Holguin anxiously boarded her first airplane ride. The flight took place at Riverside Municipal Airport around 12 pm with pilot Roy with Discovery Flight who flew her in a Piper Cherokee. Bridget is a currently a Junior at our very own Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy and has shown a great interest and appreciation for both

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Chris and April Nesin have retraced history from the East Coast to Jurupa Valley’s historic Flabob Airport. The couple flew their crimson and cream 1948 Piper Super Cub Special from Danbury, Conn., to Riverside, landing just before 1 p.m. Thursday. The Nesins weren’t the first to make the trip in that plane. The first flight was made by brothers Kern and Rinker Buck, who flew a
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy - The Tom Wathen Center admits students and youth of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Tom Wathen Center. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and all other programs offered by it.