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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, October 7, 2014

HEC-TV Brings Explore! Flight Live Broadcast Tomorrow!

ST. LOUIS, MO –  Have you ever dreamt of flying? Are you curious how birds, butterflies and bumblebees can float so elegantly in the air and what keeps them up? Have you ever been intrigued by how planes work or what a pilot’s job is? Come explore with us to find out all these answers, Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
For this episode of Explore! HEC-TV investigates the world of flying and asks the big picture question, “What does it take to create flight?” Through the course of this energetic and interactive cross- curricular half hour program, students will get a chance to answer that question for themselves and listen to the answers of others as they learn the principles of flight and interact with pilots, bird watchers and other experts involved in the world of flying.
Program breakdowns:
10 a.m. CDT program we'll look at bird anatomy, the structure and nature of bird feathers, and bird migration to learn what keeps birds in the air. Students will meet and interact with bird experts, interpret maps of bird migration, see footage of birds in flight, and participate in activities designed to help them “think like a bird.”
11 a.m. CDT program we investigate the world of supersonic flying. We’ll include video footage from the Blue Angels. Students will meet and interact with a former Blue Angels pilot, and participate in activities to help them better understand the “sensation of supersonic flight.”
12:30 p.m. CDT program it’s time to look into the worlds of commercial flying and acrobatic air shows. Our guest will be a pilot who does both. Students will see footage from his acrobatic bi plane and video of his plane in action. We’ll learn the differences between piloting your own small plane and working for a commercial airliner. Activities will give students a chance to experience this difference.
1:30 p.m. CDT program we’ll focus on unusual things that fly—creatures and objects that may not look like they'll fly but they do. Examples include bees, butterflies, zeppelins, blimps, helicopters, and drones. Our guests will give students a closer look at what keeps these objects aloft and how they compare to birds and planes.
How To View the Program:
1. Via Internet -- All our Explore! programs are streamed live via the station website,, on the program day. For our Explore! Flying programs at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 1:30 p.m. on October 8, just go to our home page at the program time and the program will run on that page.
2. Via Television -- All our programs are available in the St. Louis metropolitan area on HEC- TV, Charter Communications digital channels 989 (digital 118-26) or AT&T’s U-Verse channel 99.
3. Archival Viewing -- Can’t join us live? No problem! All HEC-TV Live! programs are archived on the station website,, and on the HEC-TV page on iTunes U for on-demand viewing at any time. Archives are usually up and running about a week after the program's original air date.
Program Guests:
10 a.m. Jeffrey Meshach, Director of the World Bird Sanctuary
11 a.m. Capt. Bill "Striker" Switzer, Retired Blue Angels Pilot
             Mark Sutherland, Author Being a Blue Angel: Every Kid's Guide to the Blue Angels
12:30 p.m. Patrick McAlee, Acrobatic Pilot and Commercial Jet Pilot
1:30 p.m. (not pictured above) Chris Hartly, Coordinator of Education for the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly HouseSteve Schulte and Jonathan Hendrickson, Aerial                               Photographers / SUAS Pilots 
For more information, contact Christina Chastain at (314) 956-2703 or visit​                                                                
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