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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

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Elite Aviation Saturday Open House and Fly-In Brings Community to New St. Louis Flight School

By Carmelo Turdo
Elite Aviation, the St. Louis area's newest flight school, held the second day of its Grand Opening celebration with a public Open House and Fly-In at their facility on the north apron of Spirit of St. Louis Airport.  The day began early this morning with preparations for the display aircraft and the smell of pancakes and sausage cooking for the breakfast arrivals.  The visiting Cessna 206 Stationair and Elite Aviation's Cessna 172S G1000-equipped Skyhawk were positioned just outside of the hangar on the accessible area of the apron.  The blue skies and unseasonably cool temperatures provided an exceptional backdrop for the day's activities.

One great highlight of today's Open House and Fly-In was the opportunity for Ken and Laura Hizer to take a flight with Certified Flight Instructor Joseph Overman in an Elite Aviation Cessna 172.  Ken Hizer is considering flight lessons, and the hands-on experience received during the introductory flight seemed to confirm his desire to follow up with additional flights.  

As the day progressed, additional aircraft arrived for display.  The airport's Civil Air Patrol squadron provided a corporate Cessna 185, equipped with the latest cockpit avionics and an emergency locator transmitter (ELT) detecting device mounted under the aircraft.  The aircraft is used for search and rescue missions that may involve the tracking of the ELT signal that marks the location of a downed aircraft.  Also arriving during the morning was a Cessna Citation CJ3+ corporate jet that attracted most of the attendees at some point of the day.  Visitors were able to take a peek inside and be part of the jet-set, at least for a few minutes!       

More visitors and aircraft gathered around the Elite Aviation hangar as lunch was served and the pleasant day continued into the afternoon.  Members of the neighboring Monarch Fire Protection District displayed their giant American Flag, and a gorgeous classic Cessna 195 was parked nearby.  More visitors passed through the office lobby, hangar and display aircraft. 

Today's Elite Aviation Open House and Fly-In was a relaxed, fun and pleasant way for members of the community to be around aircraft and for some to experience flying an aircraft themselves.  The Aero Experience thanks  Elite Aviation and all of the participants featured here and in the previous story for their hospitality and for presenting the best of Midwest Aviation.  In the next story in this series, we will explore the vision behind Elite Aviation and the plans for future. 

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