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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

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Aero Experience Contributes to Midwest Aviation Media Projects

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience has contributed to the success of several Midwest Aviation media projects throughout the year in addition to our regular coverage of Midwest Aviation events.  We are doing more than ever to promote Midwest Aviation by collaborating with other organizations and media outlets to bring the joy of aviation to an ever wider audience.  Some of our long-term projects are coming to fruition.

Our speaking tour kicked off yesterday when Carmelo Turdo and Mark Nankivil of The Aero Experience team, along with local photography and publishing professionals Gary Chambers and Gary Liming, participated in a presentation on aviation photography at the Missouri Aviation Historical Society's monthly meeting.  Carmelo Turdo began the program with an introduction to The Aero Experience and a discussion on achieving the objectives of aviation media through the alignment of purpose, timing, methods, tools and good relations with the community.  Mark Nankivil closed the program with examples of photography techniques used in capturing stunning photos of aviation in action across the Midwest and beyond.  Our friends Gary Chambers and Gary Liming shared examples of dramatic air-to air formation and high-dynamic range images to illustrate their advanced photography and processing skills.  Special thanks to the presenters, Missouri Aviation Historical Society and our host Creve Coeur Airport for making the meeting a great success.

Carmelo Turdo speaks on developing successful aviation media

Gary Chambers shows how to capture the perfect image

Gary Liming demonstrated High Dynamic Range techniques

Mark Nankivil shows how to look for photo opportunities

 Aero Experience is currently in our third season providing our signature year-round coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, again sponsored by Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas.  None of this coverage would have been possible without our sponsors, Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas, the Cessna Pilot Centers that provide comprehensive pilot training, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance and related services at their St. Louis, Missouri and Olathe, Kansas locations.  Air Associates has supported The Aero Experience as we have grown into a significant Midwest Aviation media resource, and we are pleased that they have continued to support our continued growth.  Contact Air Associates for your Midwest Aviation training and services needs. highly anticipated release of Fly Now! The Movie is planned for October 18.  The Aero Experience was proud to support the production of this new Reality Aviation Documentary that follows the adventures of "Piety" the Pietenpol homebuilt aircraft from Sun'n Fun in Lakeland, FL to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 and everywhere in between.  You may see some of our video clips and photos in the movie, and the accompanying Fly Now! book will include photos from the movie production and aircraft we saw along the way as provided by The Aero Experience team. Aero Experience is also proud to announce that two HEC-TV aviation-themed productions have received critical acclaim.  Two programs produced by Jacqui Poor have been nominated for Mid America Emmys: An Honor Flight for WW2 Veteran Tom Mohan and Explore! FlyingThe Aero Experience, along with the Missouri Aviation Historical Society and the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, supported the production of these programs and commend HEC-TV and Jacqui Poor for including aviation to illustrate the heroes of The Greatest Generation and as a career choice for today's youth.  Emmy award winners will be announced October 3 at the annual awards gala.

The Aero Experience would like to thank all who worked on these and other projects, and we look forward to future opportunities to promote Midwest Aviation!  

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