Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Flying With Fred: Fredericktown, MO Airport Rehabilitation Project Progresses

By Fred Harl 
The Taxiway and apron rehabilitation project continues toward completion at the A. Paul Vance Fredericktown Regional Airport in Madison County, South of Farmington, MO. The project is making progress as is clearly visible in the aerial photos taken during a recent flight over the airport. The project comprises taxiway rehabilitation, apron and connecting taxiway reconstruction and apron reconstruction in the area near the hangars.

The new terminal building was constructed and the airport was renamed in honor of A. Paul Vance in 2011. The community dates back to the early 1800s when it was first settled by the French as was much of eastern Missouri. The town's Missouri Pacific Railroad Station, dating from before 1920, was previously the home of an aviation museum dedicated to the life and career of A. Paul Vance.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Flying With Fred: Farmington Regional Airport Attracts a Variety of Aircraft

By Fred Harl 
Farmington Regional Airport attracts a variety of aircraft as they make fuel stops or do business in St. Francois County and surrounding areas. After returning from a local flight, we captured some business and agricultural aircraft, including: Piper PA-31-350 Navajo, Mitsubishi MU-2-40, Cessna 310, Cessna 206B Grand Caravan, St. Louis Children's Hospital Kids Flight 1 MBB BK-117C-2, Cessna 195A, Air Tractor AT-802A, Cessna 150F and Grumman American G164A Ag-Cat.  

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Flying With Fred: Views of Fall Foliage Over the Midwest

By Fred Harl
Winter is starting to make its way into the Midwest, but there are still a few nice autumn days left to come. The fall colors peaked in early November, and that was the perfect time for a scenic flight over St. Francois County, MO and surrounding areas. The Aero Experience team hopes you enjoyed the Midwest fall colors from the air this year, and we wish you many safe flying days this winter.