|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Aero Experience attended Elite Aviation's open house events and we discussed the company's approach to flight training with two members of the leadership team. The opening of Elite Aviation, a new corporate entity, comes on the heels of the closing of the Air Associates of Missouri St. Louis location. The leadership team, including Donna Tipton, John Tipton and some hand-picked members of the Air Associates of Missouri staff, were instrumental in keeping continuity of service to existing student pilots and preservation of the same facility for use by Elite Aviation. But this was more than a continuation of the past. "Elite Aviation is a new company," John Tipton told The Aero Experience. "Our name describes our philosophy. This field (Spirit of St. Louis Airport) needs a flight school and we can set up a new experience."
|CFI Joe Overman pre-flights a Cessna 172S|
There are still a still a few parts of the business to assemble, and they are coming together very soon. Along with the four Cessna 172 aircraft and six CFIs on staff, there will be a multi-engine aircraft and possibly other aircraft joining the fleet in the future. The maintenance facility is nearly ready to open, and the company's web site and online scheduling functions are nearing completion.
The Aero Experience thanks Elite Aviation for their hospitality and for giving the interview for this story.