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

Saturday, December 7, 2019

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: Airshow Pilots Matt Chapman and Julie Clark Retire

The Aero Experience returns to our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with a salute to two airshow pilots retiring from the circuit this year: Matt Chapman and Julie Clark. Both of these performers are familiar names to airshow audiences, and they have become staples of the larger events throughout the country. Both fly or have flown for major airlines along with their airshow careers, and have set the standard for aerial entertainment in their respective styles. Julie Clark's T-34 Mentor, Free Spirit, will soon be displayed at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. 

The Aero Experience has featured Matt Chapman and Julie Clark in our coverage of Midwest Aviation events over the years, and we thank them both for being among the best ambassadors for aviation. They have demonstrated not only their flying skills, but their humility and class to millions over nearly four decades. Thank you, and we dedicate this post to your day airshow performances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The Aero Experience YouTube Channel Hosts Sponsor Videos and More!

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience YouTube Channel contains videos from our nearly ten years of celebrating Midwest Aviation. These videos provide a concise look at the event or topic that was covered on our The Aero Experience blog page, giving the viewer a live view of the activities. We usually take video on site when we cover a story, and there is a considerable archive of raw video yet to be edited. We hope that you will check our channel regularly for new videos using the link provided on the right column of our blog page

The Aero Experience would like to salute our current sponsors by posting this selection of videos featuring their outstanding contributions to the success of Midwest Aviation. These priority videos are included in their sponsorship package, and we are proud to promote their products and services whenever possible. Their videos, and the others on our channel, can be easily located using our playlists.

Elite Aviation, Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Big River Aviation, St. Louis Downtown Airport

Gateway Jets, St. Louis Downtown Airport and Spirit of St. Louis Airport

Patrick McAlee Airshows - ExtremeFlight, Chicago, IL     

The Aero Experience thanks our sponsors, industry partners and our great audience for supporting our mission to promote Midwest Aviation. Included with the above sponsors are our new sponsor JetValues-Jeremy and our legacy sponsor Air Associates, both of whom have made valuable contributions to our growth in recent years. We still have a lot to post in December, and look forward to a another very rewarding year in 2020.

Monday, December 2, 2019

November General Aviation (and More!) Survey Part Three

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience looks back on last week's visit to St. Louis Downtown Airport in this third edition of General Aviation (and More!). Here we present a collection of the general aviation aircraft we encountered undergoing maintenance at Big River Aviation, parked on the apron or transiting the airport. Included here is the green and white Piper Geronimo undergoing preparation for service with Manos de Compasion in Guatemala. We hope that you will enjoy this photo essay, and you may see yourself here somewhere if you look closely!