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, August 31, 2016

Airports In Action: Creve Coeur Airport Nurtures General Aviation and Antique Aircraft Communities

 
By Carmelo Turdo
By Fred Harl
The Midwest Aviation community supports a large number of airports that provide support services and basing opportunities for a wide variety of aircraft.  More importantly, the airports contribute significantly to their local and regional economies and provide a stage for the engagement of the public with the aviation community.  In this new series, "Airports In Action," The Aero Experience team will report on our visits to Midwest Aviation airports and encourage our audience to visit them on a future flight or public event.  Many of our previous posts include visits to great Midwest airports, and a search for the airport name on this site will help locate those stories as well.  

In this edition of the series, we feature Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis County, MO.  The privately-owned airport is home to many types of general aviation aircraft, but is especially known for being a haven for antique aircraft.  The renowned Olde Style Aircraft restoration facility is located on the field, along with the equally revered Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum featuring over fifty immaculate flying antique aircraft.    

The concrete runway 16/34 is 75' x 4500', and there is significant ramp space for transients.  There is also a turf runway 7/25 that is 220' x 3120'.  The airport is host to the annual American Waco Club Fly-In, Monocoupe Club Fly-Ins, Stearman Flight, and monthly meetings of the Missouri Aviation Historical Society.   

The following photos show the variety of general aviation and vintage seen at Creve Coeur Airport recently.  Included in the selection are a 1928 Waco ATO Taperwing (Baby Ruth), Eric Downing's Douglas Skyraider and members of the Stearman Flight.  We thank the airport management and aircraft crews for their hospitality.












































Monday, August 29, 2016

Airports in Action: Farmington Regional Airport Supports Civilian and Military Aviation Traffic

By Fred Harl
The Midwest Aviation community supports a large number of airports that provide support services and basing opportunities for a wide variety of aircraft.  More importantly, the airports contribute significantly to their local and regional economies and provide a stage for the engagement of the public in joining the aviation community.  In the new series, "Airports In Action," The Aero Experience team will report on our visits to Midwest Aviation airports and encourage our audience to visit them on a future flight or public event.  Many of our previous posts include visits to great Midwest airports, and a search for the airport name on this site will help locate those stories as well.  

In this edition of the series, we feature Farmington Regional Airport, our southeast Missouri base of operations.  The city-owned airport has undergone several updates in recent years, including improved terminal facility and fuel services. Maintenance services are also available at the airport.  Runway 2/20 is 75'x4222' concrete surface, and there is significant ramp space and hangar capacity. The airport master plan includes an extension of the runway to 5,000'.  The 2012 MODOT Missouri Statewide Economic Impact Study reports that Farmington Regional Airport contributes a $4.6 million total economic output.

The airport will participate in the 2016 Parkland Balloon Festival on September 10.  Airport activities will include helicopter rides and drone races, and balloon rides, concerts and family fun activities will be provided in surrounding park areas. 

The following photos show the variety of civilian and military aircraft seen at Farmington Regional Airport over the last few months.  We thank the airport management and aircraft crews for their hospitality.