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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Big River Aviation, St. Louis Flight Training and Jet Aviation Will Host Open House This Saturday

By Carmelo Turdo

The weather has finally turned the corner into spring, and that means it's time for Midwest fly-ns! We recommend the open house and barbecue coming up this Saturday at the St. Louis Downtown Airport West Terminal hosted by Big River Aviation, St. Louis Flight Training and Jet Aviation. Fly in and show off your plane or drive in around 11:00 A.M. and join us for food and fellowship. While you are there, come into the terminal and learn more about the services provided by Big River Aviation and St. Louis Flight Training.

"Big River Aviation provides annual and 100-hour inspections, scheduled and un-scheduled maintenance, repairs, and service to avionics, structures and engines," Owner Paul Voorhees told The Aero Experience. "I am very fortunate that my maintenance staff each has over thirty years experience." Voorhees says he is able to serve more customers simultaneously in this facility and with the additional staff he has added recently. Big River Aviation also currently maintains the St. Louis Flight Training fleet along with the company's own Cessna 172.


St. Louis Flight Training also operates out the West Terminal. Student pilots and their instructors have access to flight planning data and meeting rooms in the main lobby along with a classroom and lounge area. The diverse training fleet is readily available on the apron and are serviced by Big River Aviation in the main hangar.   

On display will be the Icon A5 amphibian. The all-composite Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) was designed with advanced aerodynamic and safety features, including sculpted hull and seawing platforms, folding wings, custom transport trailer, ballistic rescue parachute and car-like cockpit arrangement. The ICON A5 is powered by a Rotax 912iS Sport engine, and features a Garmin GPS flat screen, removable for pre-flight planning. ICON offers east and west coast flight centers for initial LSA pilot training or transition training to the A5 model. The ICON A5 price tag is not for the feint of heart (and that's where financing options are essential), but the advanced features of the design and product support are part of the calculation when considering this high-end LSA amphibian. 

So fly in or drive in to the open house Saturday and visit with our friends at Big River Aviation and St. Louis Flight Training. We would like to thank representatives from Regions Bank for being available during the event to discuss aircraft financing options, and we appreciate the support from the Jet Aviation FBO that services the West Terminal.

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