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, Fred Harl and Leo Cachat - The Aero Experience Team

Friday, January 20, 2017

St. Louis Aviation Groups Gather at First Missouri Aviation Historical Society Meeting of 2017

By Carmelo Turdo
St. Louis area aviation organizations gathered together to share their aspirations and projects planned for 2017 at the first Missouri Aviation Historical Society meeting of 2017 on Thursday at Creve Coeur Airport.  In  a spirit of great cooperation, representatives of each group briefed the nearly 100 attendees on their core missions and proposed event schedules for the coming year.  More importantly, each presenter noted the necessity for teamwork among the area aviation groups in an effort to make a positive impact on our region and state of Missouri.  The Aero Experience will participate in many ways to make 2017 a great year for Midwest Aviation with these excellent partners.   Look for more information soon on the great contributions from the following St. Louis aviation groups:

Creve Coeur Airport is home to the Missouri Aviation Historical Society

Dan O'Hara of the Missouri Aviation Historical Society

Gary Liming was emcee and kept the program on schedule

Major Marc Meier - Scott AFB Centennial Airshow

Jeff Lea - Lambert St. Louis International Airport

John Bales - Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Carmelo Turdo - The Aero Experience

Carlos Hagene - Arch Films

Paul Segura - Boeing Company

Bob Moore - MO Wing, CAF 

Dave Doherty - EAA Chapter 32

Julie Monken, Greater St. Louis Area Explorers BSA

Mark Nankivil - Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Al Stix - Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum

Darryl Ross - St. Louis Museum of Transportation

Patrick Miller and Gary Chambers - Sky Soldiers St. Louis Chapter

Daniel Gonzales - St. Louis County Parks

Greg Vallero - Warbird Rides USA

Christian Greer and Kristina Hampton - St. Louis Science Center

Judy Tippett - St. Louis Space Frontier

Earl Mullins - Space Museum, Bonne Terre, MO

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Exhibitors - Just for Fun!

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo was not all serious aviation business at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 - there were some unusual and fun experiences among the exhibitors.  During the days of covering the nation's largest aviation event, we took some moments to attend an imaginary Red Bull Air Race, have a Bigfoot siting at the Jack Link's beef jerky stand and try to fit into a pedal airplane (not really).  We hope you enjoy this last look at the exhibitors for this year.


EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Exhibitors - Floats!

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo a land-based airplane into a seaplane is readily possible for many aircraft types, and two companies who provide the equipment and know-how to make that possible were exhibitors at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016.  Both PK Floats and Wipaire, Inc. produce float equipment (and also skis and other components) for factory-built and experimental aircraft as described by each company.  The company exhibits featured examples of aircraft fitted with floats (with wheels attached for amphibious operations) including the impressively equipped Cessna Caravan.