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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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Air Associates Skycatcher Is Great Performing, Economical Training Aircraft

By Carmelo Turdo has finally arrived in the Midwest, and it's now time for pilot training and building hours in the great performing, economical Cessna Skycatcher from Air Associates.  The Skycatcher is ideal for new students in Light Sport Aircraft and Private Pilot Certificate training courses offered at either Air Associates of Missouri in St. Louis or Air Associates of Kansas in Olathe.  Both locations are Cessna Pilot Centers, offering state-of-the-art training materials and Garmin-equipped, newer-model Cessna aircraft. 

The Cessna Skycatcher has great performance for a Light Sport Aircraft, and offers pilot and passenger a comfortable flight at 110kts with less than 10 gallons/hour fuel burn rate.  It uses the proven Continental 0200 engine and conventional metal airframe construction, precluding specialty maintenance tooling needed for composite aircraft or Rotax engines.  The rounded cabin design offers 44" cabin width at the shoulders, enough room to prevent rubbing elbows.  Likewise, the 40" seat to ceiling height leaves plenty of headroom.  Renting a Skycatcher from either Air Associates location is affordable, and learning to fly in one is a smart first step.

The roominess, great visibility and pleasant flying characteristics of the Skycatcher are illustrated in this brief video clip from a Discovery Flight taken by The Aero Experience Founder Carmelo Turdo and 2013 New CFI of the Year Rich Franzer, then a CFI with Air Associates of Missouri:

Some photos from our flight (courtesy of The Aero Experience Contributor Mark Nankivil) show more of the features and performance of the aircraft:


For more information on renting or training in the Cessna Skycatcher, please contact Air Associates:

Air Associates of Kansas

Kansas City area
Johnson County Executive Airport (KOJC)
12901 W. 151st St.
Suite B
Olathe, KS 66062
(913) 764-4800

Air Associates of Missouri

St. Louis area
Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS)
18600 Edison Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 536-1341

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