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.

Current Newsletter

At the end of July, Tom and Carol Wathen very generously funded four students to attend EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A Wathen Center Selection board selected Tyler Howell, Colin Haines, Alan Salgado, and Nicole Edlauer to go. These young people were selected from the Wathen Center programs. Tyler and Nicole help out at the Build-A-Plane/Wathen Center Stinson project. Colin works

What's New

Flabob Airport Hangar Project 65 Hangars will be relocated from Rialto Airport. Now accepting Hangar Rental Requests.
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.