|By Carmelo Turdo|
|Air Associates facility at Spirit of St. Louis Airport|
|Attendees register for door prizes at the workshop|
The presenters were experts in the field of air traffic control and pilot instruction, including Scott Thompson, Chief Pilot for Air Associates; Rob Leahy, Certified Flight Instructor for Air Associates of Missouri; Joe Vargo, St. Louis TRACON Controller; and Stace King, Pilot and Air Traffic Controller at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. Audience participation was nearly automatic, as most pilots have had experience with flight plan changes, weather diversions, issues with communication jargon and emergency situations that were pertinent to the workshop. Following the formal presentations, an informal discussion continued, and some attendees checked out the aircraft and Redbird MCX flight simulator nearby in the hangar.
Air Associates of Missouri uses an advanced Redbird MCX flight simulator that can be configured as a Cessna 172 (conventional instruments or Garman G1000 glass cockpit) and as a twin-engine Beech Baron. The simulator offers cost-effective, yet realistic certified training. It proves itself to be invaluable when a student, working through a challenging scenario, would benefit from a "pause and play" safety environment. The simulator plays a prominent role in the Pilot Quick Start program, wherein a student can progress through four simulator sessions and a supervised flight experience for a very reasonable cost. All simulator and flight training are coordinated through the Air Associates Alpha Pilot Academy training system.
|The Redbird MCX simulator was available for demonstration flights|
|John Keich points out the various instrument panels available|
|The TL-3000 Sirius light sport aircraft uses modern cockpit displays|
|TL-3000 is economical for training and pleasure flights|
|Cessna 172S is available for training or rental|
This aviation safety event is one of several to be held at Air Associates of Missouri this spring. The Aero Experience encourages anyone interested in joining the Midwest Aviation community, or developing current aviation knowledge and skills, to attend the upcoming workshops and contact Air Associates for further information and training opportunities.