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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, October 13, 2018

Greenville, IL Airstravaganza Shares Love of Flight With Local Community, Part 3: Aerial Entertainment and Flying Activities

By Carmelo Turdo
The Greenville Airstravaganza, a favorite Midwest Aviation fall fly-in, was held October 6 at Greenville Municipal Airport in central Illinois. The event is more than a fly-in - it is a family-friendly, community gathering with fun activities, good food and, of course, aviation!  Organized by the Greenville Pilots Association and the Greenville Airport Authority, the annual Airstravaganza provides the opportunity for local residents to experience aviation first-hand by visiting with pilots, touring classic cars and display aircraft, and flying in a Cessna 172, Robinson R44 helicopter or World War II-era aircraft. Regular arrivals of general aviation aircraft, RC aerobatic aircraft shows, skydiving demonstrations by Gateway Skydiving Center and overflights by Kevin Kegin’s American Warbird AT-6D Texan kept everyone’s eyes to the skies. As is evident in the photos, the skies were sunny in the morning but a storm front moved in during the mid-afternoon after much of the aerial activity was winding down. 

In Part 3 of this series, we take a look at the flying activities carried on throughout the day prior to the warbird finale.

Rides in the Cessna 172s were offered by the Greenville Pilots Association throughout the day.

Likewise, the Robinson R44 helicopter was busy all day giving rides around Greenville.

Local RC aircraft flyers put on an awesome aerobatic performance!

Gateway Skydiving Center provided several demonstrations of their skill, including one jump from the TBM Avenger!

Check back soon for the final part of this series - Warbirds!

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