|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Aero Experience is pleased to support programs that encourage the promotion and expansion of Midwest Aviation. Parks College, founded by Oliver Parks as the first federally certified school of aviation in the U.S. in 1927, continues to provide aviation education and flight training in the St. Louis area. We accompanied the students on several activities, with permission from St. Louis University program staff, to highlight some of the week's activities.
On Monday, students met at the Parks College Center for Aviation Science at St. Louis Downtown Airport to begin flight simulator training and pre-flight inspection procedures of the Diamond training aircraft.
The Aero Experience joined the Aviation Summer Academy students again Thursday for three activities at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The students visited the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum contains a rich collection of aviation and space memorabilia, aircraft and pilot trainers directly related to the St. Louis and Metro East IL aviation community. The students enjoyed sitting on the refurbished F-4 Phantom II jet cockpit and visiting the Lockheed JetStar business aircraft, once owned by Howard Hughes.
The third activity for the day at the airport took place back at Parks College flight operations, where the fire station tour group members (above) began their short cross-country flights to neighboring airports (the first group was returning from their flights). Parks College Certified Flight Instructors flew the students in the fleet training aircraft, which include the Cirrus SR-20, Piper Seminole, Piper Arrow and Diamond DA-20. Much of the knowledge gained during the week about flight planning, air traffic control, and navigation was synthesized during this flight experience.
The Parks College Aviation Summer Academy provided opportunities for high school junior and senior level students from all over the country to receive a well-rounded introduction to the aviation field. The Aero Experience thanks the staff and those students featured here for allowing us to share this great Midwest Aero experience!