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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Youth Gateway to Aviation Event Will Be Held at Parks College Center for Aviation Science

Youth Gateway to Aviation (YGA)

Saturday, October 8, 2011
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Louis Downtown Airport
4300 Vector Drive
Cahokia, IL 62206

The entrance will be at the Center for Aviation Science
The Center for Aviation Science is located at the St. Louis Downtown Airport, located at 4300 Vector Drive, Cahokia, Illinois, 62206 and can be reached at (314) 977-9569. Further details will be sent in an email registration confirmation along with maps and driving directions.

Gateway to Aviation is an interactive event to introduce youth of all ages to the exciting world of aviation. The purpose of this event is to foster youth aviation education. The event is scheduled for Fall 2011 and is being held at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The Boeing Company, EAA, Young Eagles, Gateway Eagles, the Saint Louis Science Center as well as many other aviation companies are participating as partners---providing interactive activities, discovery flights and more. This event is free to attendees.

Who Should Attend:
This free event is for children of all ages and their parents/guardians. This is designed to foster youth aviation education through hands-on interactions and experiences. As this event is at a fully functioning airport and will have working aircraft, we ask that all children be supervised by at least one adult at all times.

About the Host:
Parks College, the oldest federally approved aviation school, is coordinating this event. Combining Parks College’s history and Saint Louis University’s Jesuit mission of educating the whole person, SLU is showcasing local aviation companies while inspiring young minds through this interactive experience.

Event Highlights:
The Annual event will feature interactive booths, activities, presentations and more.

•Aviation Hero Stage Presentations
•Maintenance & Tech Area Activities
•Younger Sibling Activities
•Interactive Exhibits
•Flight Education
•Fly a Plane--up to 250 kids will fly!
•Segway Rides
•Ultra-Light Airplane Displays
•Airport Fire Truck Demonstrations
•Tours of the Convair Commercial Airliner
•Aviation Career Education
•Boeing activities
•Simulators & First Log Book
•Food Vendors
•Static Aviation Displays
•Air and Space Museum Tours
•Museum Scavenger Hunt
•Medical Helicopter Tours and Demos

Monday, September 26, 2011

EAA 1929 Ford Trimotor Tour Stop in St. Louis Provides Fun for Everyone

There was fun for everyone during the EAA Ford Trimotor tour stop in St. Louis.  Thanks go out to the EAA Ford Trimotor team, EAA Chapter 64, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and all of our visitors!  Here is a glimpse of what we experienced this weekend:

The Main Attraction - EAA's 1929 Ford Trimotor

Sponsor Tents, Trimotor Souvenirs, Food and T-Shirts

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Saturday Night Hangar Dance

Some Aviation Greats Visited and Flew in the Trimotor

Ms Rose Church, McDonnell Aircraft Flight Nurse to the Astronauts

Carl "Chub" Wheeler,99, (left) with Museum Curator Jack Abercrombie

Brian "Brain" Kissinger, Record-Breaking Pilot and Cancer Survivor

Some Unusual Aircraft Entertained Visitors

Nanchang CJ-6A Fly-by

Beech T-34B Mentor Fly-By 

Bob McDaniel, Airport Director, Flies His Buckeye Breeze

Parks College Student Pilots Train In Diamond DA-20s

USCG MH-65C Dolphin Rescue Helicopter on Training Mission 

Sunday Car Show and Photo Shoot

Flight in EAA's 1929 Ford Trimotor a Thrill for The Aero Experience

The Aero Experience flew in the EAA's 1929 Ford Trimotor during it's tour stop in St. Louis hosted by the Gateway Chapter 64.  The flight took place on Saturday morning, taking off from St. Louis Downtown Airport and touring the St. Louis skyline near the Mississippi River.  Special thanks to the EAA Trimotor team, EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air &  Space Museum for making this flight possible.

EAA 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Host Successful Ford Trimotor Tour Event

EAA Chapter 64 and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a successful EAA Ford Trimotor tour event this weekend at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  Local area residents flew in EAA's 1929 Ford Trimotor (serial number 69) to view the St. Louis skyline along the Mississippi River.  All enjoyed good food, music and plenty of souvenir opportunities.  The Aero Experience contributor and museum President Mark Nankivil took these ground and aerial view photos of the Trimotor during the weekend flights:

The Flights Were Staged at Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2, St. Louis Downtown Airport

EAA 1929 Ford Trimotor at Jet Aviation

EAA 64 President Rick Rehg Takes His Flight

Ford Trimotor Pilot Rand Siegfried Waves from the Cockpit

 Trimotor Engine Startup

EAA 64, Museum, Airport and Industry Sponsors Contributed to the Successful Event 

Trimotor Taxis Out for Takeoff

Trimotor Takes Off In Front of the Airport Tower

Trimotor Effortlessly Lifts Off

Trimotor Passes Over the Museum and Boarding Ramp

Trimotor Passes Over Downtown St. Louis...

...and Past the Gateway Arch...

...Over the Mississippi River...

...and Back for Approach...

...and Smooth Landing