Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Flying With The Aero Experience: Air Tour Over St. Louis With Big River Aviation

By Carmelo Turdo
Our Flying With The Aero Experience series continues with some brand new material from this week's aerial tour of St. Louis and neighboring rural southwest Illinois. The flight, sponsored by Big River Aviation based at St. Louis Downtown Airport, was a great opportunity for us to get oriented to the photo plane layout and practice crew coordination skills that will be needed for upcoming photo missions. The flight took off from St. Louis Downtown Airport, continued southward down the Mississippi River past Jefferson Barracks, overflew Sullivan Field Airport in Valmeyer, Sackman Field in Belleville and a private airstrip before turning back over the river and around the St. Louis city skyline. We returned to land at St. Louis Downtown Airport, getting a few shots of the GCS Ballpark on approach. 

The Aero Experience: Carmelo Turdo      
Pilot: Paul Voorhees, Big River Aviation
Aircraft: Cessna 172F Skyhawk