Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


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

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Aero Experience Starts Midwest Aviation Development Fund

Please support our 2019 Midwest Aviation Development Fundraising Campaign!

The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest Aviation and Aerospace achievement. Our team strives to provide the best original aviation media material from our travels throughout the Midwest USA for the enjoyment of audiences worldwide.  We also support aviation non-profit and charitable work in our region and throughout the world.

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Our immediate goal is to raise $5,000 or more for our 2019 business initiatives. Your support is essential for vastly improving the promotion and development of Midwest aviation. Our objective is become the premier source of Midwest Aviation information and media services while contributing to meaningful aviation non-profit and charitable causes. 

We are raising funds to greatly improve our ability to promote Midwest Aviation activities through:

Launching a new website that will include improved media presentation, referral information for aviation charities and other service providers, event calendar, and archives;

Updating team uniforms and equipment;

Expanding our coverage area through a team travel fund;

Sponsoring events and programs that will benefit those seeking careers in aviation and supporting related non-profit charitable work.

What we have achieved:

The Aero Experience provides special coverage of important aviation news stories; 

The Aero Experience provides regular coverage of events and activities produced by our partners and other Midwest Aviation groups;

The Aero Experience provides specialty services such as air-to-air photography, aircraft sales media and promotional materials;

The Aero Experience has co-sponsored or made major contributions to significant regional events and media projects;

Photography, video and aviation news coverage from The Aero Experience has appeared in international magazines, cable TV aviation special programs, books, feature films and advertising;

The Aero Experience is the media provider for airshow performer Patrick McAlee Airshows - ExtremeFlight;

The Aero Experience provides guest speakers for local and regional group meetings and events;

The Aero Experience offers treasure hunting services for locating historic items at your airport or other properties. Items found make a great lobby display!

Awards and Recognition:

September 2013: Contributor Leo Cachat wins the Aeroshell Photo Contest

December 2013: Certificate of Appreciation from Mount Vernon Airport, IL

2014-2016: Certificate of Recognition from Missouri Pilots Association, St. Louis Chapter

June 2016: Missouri Pilots Association Media Award

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Testimonials for the The Aero Experience:

"Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas are proud to sponsor The Aero Experience at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013-2016."

"Gateway Jets and I pass on a sincere Thank You to Carmelo and The Aero Experience for some great company and outstanding coverage of our expansion and open house. The pictures look phenomenal and the 3-part series covers our operations and philosophy perfectly." Corey Tomczak, President of Gateway Jets

"Carmelo really has a talent of capturing cool pics. We are lucky to have him in our area!" Bob Hamilton, Pitts Special Competition Pilot

Veterans Day Salute: National Guard Troops Deploy from Farmington, MO Regional Airport

By Fred Harl
The Aero Experience salutes our armed forces on this Veterans Day holiday with a look at a recent training deployment of Army National Guard troops from Farmington, MO Regional Airport. The airport served as a convenient staging area for the Blackhawk helicopters to pick up their troops. Other U.S. Army helicopters, such as Lakotas and Chinooks, often stop there to refuel there throughout the year. Public Midwest Aviation assets, like Farmington, MO Regional Airport, are essential to support military training operations, and The Aero Experience was there to see them off and wish them well.