|By Carmelo Turdo|
STL Aviators is the St. Louis area's newest flying club, incorporated as a Missouri 501(c)(7) non-profit organization on February 20. The flying club is not a flight school, but it is a way for members who have attained their Private Pilot Certificate or higher rating to gain access to club leased aircraft at reasonable cost and with the attitude of ownership. There are already 24 members, and this first club aircraft will remain based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport. This aircraft, and possibly three more, are planned for the club's use. The club will also offer a social benefit of camradery through regular meetings, participation in aviation events and community outreach.
Editor's Note: The Aero Experience thanks STL Aviators President, Greg Collier, for contributing his first-hand account of the development of the flying club. We also thank the members of the club, current and future, for keeping general aviation alive and well in the St. Louis area and the Midwest!