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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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Bonne Terre Airport Reopens: Ribbon-Cutting Marks Positive Step in Midwest Aviation Growth

By Leo Cachat
Saturday, May 11, 2013, marked what was a great day for aviation as the Bonne Terre Community Airport was dedicated when the ribbon was cut officially reopening the airport.  The original opening of the airport took place back on May 11, 1969 and the airport closed sometime in the '90's due to lack of funding.  About 100 people attended the event and were treated to a couple RV's and five helicopters on hand for the festivities. Jefferson Memorial Hospital sent their Bell Long Ranger, Arch Air Medical Services sent their EC-130, and three Robinson Helicopters arrived sometime after fellow The Aero Experience contributor Fred Harl and myself attended the event.  Those present also enjoyed some BBQ that the Vogt family provided. 

Steve Vogt has big plans to make the airport a great place for pilots and the general public alike. Construction of future hangars is planned for which he already has committed tenants.   He and his family will also open up a restaurant called The Runway Cafe, with the Saturday morning special of Belgian waffles. They are also planning on putting in some picnic tables for those who are like me and just like to hang out and see what comes in.

If you're a pilot, or just someone who loves aviation and a country setting, fly or drive on down to Bonne Terre and see what will become a great success story.  Meet the family, have some coffee and a waffle, (when the Runway Cafe opens...) and create your own memorable Aero Experience.  Also, plan on visiting the airport on September 7 for the Bonne Terre Aire Festival

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