Greetings from The Aero Experience Team

Greetings!



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, April 30, 2014

Air Associates Skycatcher Is Great Performing, Economical Training Aircraft

By Carmelo Turdo
http://www.airassociatesmo.com/tae/Spring has finally arrived in the Midwest, and it's now time for pilot training and building hours in the great performing, economical Cessna Skycatcher from Air Associates.  The Skycatcher is ideal for new students in Light Sport Aircraft and Private Pilot Certificate training courses offered at either Air Associates of Missouri in St. Louis or Air Associates of Kansas in Olathe.  Both locations are Cessna Pilot Centers, offering state-of-the-art training materials and Garmin-equipped, newer-model Cessna aircraft. 

The Cessna Skycatcher has great performance for a Light Sport Aircraft, and offers pilot and passenger a comfortable flight at 110kts with less than 10 gallons/hour fuel burn rate.  It uses the proven Continental 0200 engine and conventional metal airframe construction, precluding specialty maintenance tooling needed for composite aircraft or Rotax engines.  The rounded cabin design offers 44" cabin width at the shoulders, enough room to prevent rubbing elbows.  Likewise, the 40" seat to ceiling height leaves plenty of headroom.  Renting a Skycatcher from either Air Associates location is affordable, and learning to fly in one is a smart first step.

The roominess, great visibility and pleasant flying characteristics of the Skycatcher are illustrated in this brief video clip from a Discovery Flight taken by The Aero Experience Founder Carmelo Turdo and 2013 New CFI of the Year Rich Franzer, then a CFI with Air Associates of Missouri:

 
Some photos from our flight (courtesy of The Aero Experience Contributor Mark Nankivil) show more of the features and performance of the aircraft:


          






















For more information on renting or training in the Cessna Skycatcher, please contact Air Associates:

Air Associates of Kansas

Kansas City area
Johnson County Executive Airport (KOJC)
12901 W. 151st St.
Suite B
Olathe, KS 66062
(913) 764-4800

Air Associates of Missouri

St. Louis area
Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS)
18600 Edison Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 536-1341
   

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fair St. Louis Airshow Cancelled, Two Other Area Events Rise to the Challenge

By Carmelo Turdo
The St. Louis area is seeing some changes in the Midwest Aviation entertainment scene this year, with one event cancelled but two more added.  Just unofficially announced tonight, the Fair St. Louis Airshow scheduled for the July 4  holiday has been cancelled due to the change of venue from the Mississippi Riverfront near the Gateway Arch to Forest Park, located near the center of the city.  A major construction project involving the Gateway Arch grounds precluded using the traditional Fair St. Louis site, but hopes for continuing the airshow were buoyed by an April 8 statement from St. Louis Mayor Slay that there would be an airshow.  That is apparently no longer the case.  Thankfully, two other events will make their debuts in the area to celebrate Midwest Aviation. 

http://www.spirit-airshow.com/The Spirit of St. Louis Airshow and STEM Expo, scheduled for this weekend, will take place at Spirit of St. Louis Airport and feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron.  The last airshow at the airport, held in 2007 as part of the annual St. Louis County Fair and Airshow, also hosted the Blue Angels. Although there is no promise of another edition next year, the airshow will be flown by top-tier performers including Patty Wagstaff, Michael Goulian, Skip Stewart, and a host of warbirds.  And thankfully, it will be held in early May rather than mid-July! 

http://www.airandspacemuseum.org/fun-days.phpAnother new event is the Midwest Airport Fun Days to be held June 7-8 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  Although not an airshow per se, it will provide access to aviation and in a family-friendly environment.  Visitors will be able to interact with pilots in their vintage, warbird, trainer and aerobatic aircraft with frequent fly-bys throughout the weekend.  Flights are available in the Missouri Commemorative Air Force B-25 and TBM Avenger, AT-6 Texan and Waco biplane.  The event will also feature car shows, motorcycles, concerts, great food and more! 

http://aeroexperience.blogspot.com/The St. Louis area aviation community will again show its strength with these new events and the many others that will be produced at local airports throughout the region.  Of course, The Aero Experience will be there to bring those experiences to you and encourage everyone to go and experience aviation!  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013: Ford Exhibit Brings Variety of Cars, Thunderbirds Mustang

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
http://www.airassociatesmo.com/tae/Ford Motor Company had a significant presence at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013.  The main exhibit area contained a wide range of interesting vehicles, including first responders, Ford GTs (produced only in 2005 and 2006), F-150 trucks, Mustangs and more outdoors.  Inside the spacious Ford Pavilion, visitors examined the F-150 cutaway, took rides in Model Ts, listened to Henry Ford (played by Mr. Thomas Mahard) talk about the rise of the Ford Motor Company, and gazed at the USAF Thunderbirds Edition Mustang.  The Ford Pavilion also hosted many of the airshow performers for autograph sessions throughout the week.  Ford also provided entertainment on the main stage, the Fly-In Theater, and a family entertainment area.  Ford staff were also very friendly and helpful to The Aero Experience team throughout our visit.  





























     

Flying Dutchman Fly-In Is Spring Ritual for Local Aviation Community

By Carmelo Turdo
Attending the Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In held at the Flying Dutchman Airport in Belleville, IL is a spring ritual for St. Louis and Southwest Illinois aviation enthusiasts, and Saturday's event was no exception.  A variety of general aviation aircraft, vintage planes, Robinson helicopters and even a sailplane from the St. Louis Sailplane Association were on the field.  Several flew passengers around the pattern between the pancake breakfast and lunch.  The Aero Experience was there to meet with our local pilot friends and take a few laps around the patch in the Taylorcraft with pilot Brian Kissinger.  If you missed this spring fly-in, be sure to visit another time and attend the fall Chilli Cookout later this year.    


By Mark Nankivil