|By Carmelo Turdo|
Along with the daily and peak air traffic, St. Louis Downtown Airport is host to organic aviation assets. The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum is located in an historic 1929 Curtiss-Wright hangar on the west apron, and FBO Ideal Aviation is the museum's neighbor. Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology (St. Louis University), founded in 1927 and the first federally certified school of aeronautics, maintains their flight training fleet at the airport. Jet Aviation St. Louis provides maintenance, refurbishments and completions for business jets as well as FBO services on the north apron. Flight training schools on the airport include Ideal Aviation, St. Louis Flight Training and Midwest Rotor. Also based at the airport are Fostaire Helicopters, Helicopters, Inc., and Gateway Helicopter Tours. Also during the summer, St. Louis Biplane Rides offers scenic flights in a 1941 Waco open cockpit biplane.
We have a sample of activity from recent weekends, including a tour of the museum's Lockheed Jetstar, a banner tow pickup, a charter Delta Boeing 757 and rides in Kevin Kegin's Waco.