|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Aero Experience is privileged to provide coverage of the Region VI SAFECON 2015 activities at St. Louis Downtown Airport and the nearby St. Louis University campus. Members of the Flying Billikens honed their skills during some recent evening landing practice sorties, touching down within feet of the target marked on the runway.
The team flies the Diamond DA20C-1 Eclipse, an economical training aircraft that is as beautiful to watch as it is to fly.
Following team arrivals and practice sessions this weekend, the Competition will begin in earnest on Monday, with tabletop exercises evaluating aircraft recognition, navigation and simulation skills. Much of the flying competition will occur on Wednesday and Thursday, with makeup day and awards banquet on Friday. A special public event is planned for Wednesday evening: The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will host a fly-in and static display of team aircraft and others from around the local area. The museum is located next to Ideal Aviation, not far from the Parks College facility, in historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 that was one of the original structures of what was then called Curtiss-Steinberg Airport. Later owned by Oliver Parks and used for training aviation cadets for the U.S. military during World War II, the airport has since grown to be the third busiest in Illinois and is still home to Parks College flight operations.
The Aero Experience will continue our coverage of Region VI SAFECON in the coming days. Special thanks to Parks College flight operations, the St. Louis University Flying Billikens, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and St. Louis Downtown Airport for their assistance.