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












Friday, June 30, 2017

Sponsor Announcement: Gateway Jets Becomes Newest Member of The Aero Experience Team 

By Carmelo Turdo

http://www.gateway-jets.com/





The Aero Experience is proud to announce that Gateway Jets has become our latest sponsor and advertiser!  Our audience was introduced to Gateway Jets, the St. Louis-based aircraft management company, through our series of stories leading up to the opening of their new facility at St. Louis Downtown Airport in March.  Company President Corey Tomczak and the staff at Gateway Jets combine professional expertise and personalized service to ensure their clients acquire and utilize the best aircraft suited to their mission.

Corey Tomczak, President of Gateway Jets
"Our business is to provide a mission-ready, safe, clean aircraft while looking out for our client's best interests," Tomczak told The Aero Experience, noting that this mission statement is posted for all to see on the company's web site, and thus, they are accountable for living up to that standard.  "We take care of the whole operation so that they (aircraft owners) can just arrive and fly knowing that their aircraft is in good hands."  Gateway Jets serves St. Louis Downtown Airport and Spirit of St. Louis Airport, and manages all aspects of the flight operations, including scheduling, cleaning, maintenance inspections and contracts, fueling, crew assignments, FAA regulatory compliance and more.  Aircraft may be stored at the owner's hangar, at the Spirit of St. Louis Aero Charter hangar or in the newly available Gateway Jets hangar at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  

Gateway Jets specializes in the most efficient aircraft in each mission category: Beechcraft Baron, Socata TBM single-engine turboprop, the King Air 90, 200 and 350, as well as the Citation jet series.  Custom management options for other aircraft types are also available.  Here are some views of the St. Louis Downtown Airport facility and aircraft described above:






      















Gateway Jets is ready to help with your aircraft acquisition, crewing, and operations management needs.  Contact Gateway Jets today and put your aviation assets in good hands!

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Vintage Aircraft - Spartan Executive

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
http://www.airassociatesinc.com/The Aero Experience concludes our year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016, sponsored by Air Associates, with this look at the gathering of Spartan Executives in the Vintage Area.  Eight of the twenty remaining aircraft of this type were on display, the largest gathering of Spartan Executives known since six were at the Tulsa, OK factory in 1937.  Thirty-four of these aircraft were produced from 1936-1940.  They were an advanced all-metal monoplane design, and as such were expensive and owned almost exclusively by oil company executives at the time.

We hope you enjoyed our fourth year of covering EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and check back for more great Midwest Aviation coverage in the second half 2017!





































Thursday, June 29, 2017

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016: Vintage Aircraft Variety Pack 4: Cessna and Piper

Fred Harl and Carmelo Turdo
http://www.airassociatesinc.com/The Aero Experience continues our wrap-up of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 Vintage Aircraft this week with a few more variety photo packs of interesting aircraft.  We have had a great year reviewing our experience with you, and we thank our sponsor, Air Associates, and our audience for making this possible.  We hope you enjoy the remaining posts with lots of incredible vintage aircraft!  Today's aircraft: Cessna and Piper.

Cessna 120:















Cessna 140:
























Cessna 165:















Cessna 170:





















Cessna 175:
















Cessna 180:























Cessna 185:

















Cessna 190/195:



















Cessna 310:















Piper Cub/Super Cub:
























Piper Super Cruiser:

















Piper Pacer/Tripacer: