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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

Monday, April 16, 2018

Flying With The Aero Experience: 2014 Cessna Discover Flying Challenge Tour

By Carmelo Turdo
We continue the Flying with The Aero Experience series with a look back to June of 2014 when the Cessna Discover Flying Challenge Tour (now known as Top Hawk) made a stop at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. The program began its third year providing a select number of flight interns the opportunity to tour the country promoting general aviation and, of course, Cessna products. The participants plan and execute the dispatch and flight operations during the tour, gaining valuable experience in the process. 

The Aero Experience was invited to fly in the new Cessna 172S Skyhawk flown during the tour by Discover Flying Challenge pilot intern Keven Lenahan. A lucky young lady, Samantha Brinker, won the drawing for a flight with Cessna pilot Dave Richardson in the Discover Flying Challenge aircraft. The aircraft was equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite and even had that “new plane smell.” The short flight around the local area was sufficient to demonstrate the features of the flat screen cockpit instrument and navigation systems and other refinements made to this general aviation workhorse. Currently, the Top Hawk Program partners with five university aviation programs to promote participation in aviation education and pilot training.

The Aero Experience: Carmelo Turdo
Pilots: Dave Richardson, Samantha Brinker
Aircraft: Cessna 172S Skyhawk     

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