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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

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Great Plains Air Expo Brings Variety of GA Aircraft to Spirit of St. Louis Airport

A variety of aircraft were on display today at the Midwest Aviation Center at Spirit of St. Louis Airport today.  Aircraft manufacturers brought their new demo aircraft to the event, and the crews were on hand to discuss the merits of their products.  It was as if the general aviation show room appeared on the ramp, and new airplanes do smell good, too!  Below are some examples of the aircraft on display.  Whether you can purchase an aircraft or not,  please support general aviation as a national priority!

The Aviat A-1C Husky provides impressive performance and can operate almost anywhere.  For more information, visit

The Hawker Beechcraft G58 Baron, YES that Baron, is still alive and kicking.  This beautiful classic design offers comfort and modernized cockpit to this legendary piston twin.  For more information, visit

Hawker Beechcraft also brought its B90 and B300 King Air twin turboprops as well.  These luxurious twins are works of art.  For more information, visit and

Cessna brought its 208B Grand Caravan, the large turbo that is a versatile executive and cargo aircraft.  It comes in a variety of sizes and configurations, including floats.  Also on the ramp were T182 Skylane and 162 Skycatcher.  For more information, please visit

Cirrus brought an SR20 with all the bells an whistles.  John Arnold, Cirrus commercial pilot and sales representative, discussed the advanced design and safety features of this best selling single engine piston aircraft.  For more information, visit or contact John at

Other Aircraft on display included Diamond DA40 and DA42 (twin), Pilatus PC-12, Piper Archer, and Piper Mirage.  For more information, visit

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