|By Carmelo Turdo|
The exhibits were arranged on both floors of the Mid America Airport terminal, and several aircraft arrived and parked on the apron. The exhibitors represented all aspects of aviation, including commercial airlines, military careers, flying schools and college aviation programs, advocacy groups, educational non-profit organizations and even camera drone operators. Having the event at an airport, with the aircraft present, emphasized the point that aviation services and careers are important to everyday life, and that the skills needed to participate in aviation as a vocation are within the grasp of those students who participate in STEM programs.
The Aero Experience is pleased to congratulate the organizers and educators for participating in this great aviation community outreach event, and we will support future efforts to encourage on-going communication between the Midwest Aviation community and area school districts. We have prepared this photo essay showing some of the exhibitors and the aircraft on display, and encourage those who could not attend this event to seek out information about the role aviation can play in your STEM programs.
|Overhead view of a portion of the lower level exhibit hall|
|Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis|
|Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64|
|Federal Aviation Administration|
|Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum|
|Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association|
|Ninety-Nines and Women With Wings|
|Southern Illinois University|
|Southwestern Illinois College|
|Sparta Aero Services|
|Trans States Airlines|
|Transportation Security Administration|
|Wings of Hope|
|Yield Enhancement Service|
Aircraft were parked on the apron behind the terminal, representing various aviation groups and aircraft types. Educators visited with the pilots and became familiar with various flying opportunities available in the St. Louis and Metro East Illinois area.
General layout of the apron:
General Aviation aircraft used by the State of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Flight Program, and Mr. Bob McDaniel's personal aircraft that has flown many Young Eagles with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64:
Vans Aircraft RV-7A built and flown by Mr. Larry Frey:
Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:
Cirrus SR20 used by the Parks College of St. Louis University Flight Program:
Piper Cherokee Representing Sparta Aero Services:
Pitts S-2A Special used for teaching aerobatic flight by Bi-Plane Training:
Bell Helicopter Textron 206 Long Ranger used for medical air transport by Survival Flight:
Special thanks to the organizers, exhibitors, attending educators, and Mid America Airport for making this Midwest Aviation outreach event a great success. The Aero Experience will continue to promote and participate in events and programs that will encourage the development of aviation themes in STEM education.