|By Carmelo Turdo|
Owner Paul Voorhees began his aviation maintenance career in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1986, and then earned his Private Pilot, A&P Mechanic and Inspection Authorization certificates shortly thereafter. The Big River Aviation maintenance staff has decades of experience servicing a wide variety of aircraft, and they bring their expertise and personal service to each customer.
Special Projects: Just a Few Among Many In Recent Years
A classic 1960 Cessna 172A Skyhawk recently took to the skies again at the culmination of a new restoration program conducted in the heart of the Midwest. The product of a cooperative effort between Ambassador Certification and Consulting Services of Lee's Summit, MO and Big River Aviation located at St. Louis Downtown Airport, the aircraft has become the first "Plane Jane" success story. The early model Skyhawk, shown below, was recently transformed into a beautiful and smooth flying aircraft following a thorough inspection, repair and customization process that has become the model for another restoration already in progress. She was delivered to her new owner, Mr. Griffith Pickett, during a flight from St. Louis to Lee's Summit, MO Municipal Airport. See full story.
Recently, Big River Aviation began working on a twin-engine Piper Geronimo aircraft that will used by the Manos de Compassion (Hands of Compassion) Children’s House in Guatemala that cares for abused and abandoned children. The aircraft was ferried to St. Louis from Springhill, LA, last week and will receive remaining repairs and avionics upgrades before it is deployed in service in about six weeks. The Aero Experience will report on the progress of this project in future stories.
Big River Aviation Sponsors Discovery Flight for High School Student
Big River Aviation, along with AeroCareers, sponsored a discovery flight experience awarded to a deserving high school student at the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association Awards Banquet held April 27. This year's awardee, Ritenour High School senior Cordan Hampton, submitted the winning essay and demonstrated a record of academic achievement and attendance during this school year. The hour-long flight will give Hampton experience piloting a general aviation aircraft and will hopefully motivate him to continue pilot training. He was recognized with the other discovery flight recipients at the awards banquet as seen below.
The Aero Experience thanks Big River Aviation for supporting our team as we promote Midwest Aviation, and we look forward to another great year sharing more high-flying adventures!