Friday, May 31, 2019

Elite Aviation Invites Community to Open House This Saturday

By Carmelo Turdo
Elite Aviation invites the community to their upcoming Open House this Saturday, June 1st. Drive in or fly in to this fun, family-friendly event at Spirit of St. Louis Airport, at the west end of Edison Avenue in Chesterfield. Have breakfast and lunch with the friendly staff, check out the aircraft on display, enjoy family fun activities and see for yourself why Elite Aviation is the premier flight school and aircraft maintenance center in the St. Louis area.   

The Elite Aviation fleet will be available for Discovery Flights:

Other aircraft expected for display include new aircraft from Textron (Cessna and Beechcraft), Air Evac Life Team helicopter, Wings of Hope Medical Relief and Air Transport aircraft, the SubSonex personal jet, and other locally-owned aircraft. Special guests include the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force with their World War II-era TBM Avenger and B-25 Mitchell named Show Me. Rides in these aircraft can be reserved by contacting the CAF.

About Elite Aviation

Elite Aviation, an authorized Cessna Pilot Center, offers the most comprehensive flight training program in the St. Louis area while providing a personalized approach to learning that brings maximum effectiveness to the student. Flight training is a continuous process, building on the skills and knowledge demonstrated at each level of achievement. Recurrent, instrument and complex aircraft training are available using the Elite Aviation fleet of Cessna 172 Skyhawks, Piper Turbo Saratoga, and the Elite RC1 and full-motion Redbird MCX flight simulators. Elite Aviation is a PSI Computer Aided Testing Service test center for airman, A&P mechanic and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Drone Knowledge Test exams. 

The Elite Aviation fleet is also available for rental, and the aircraft are cared for by the Elite Aircraft Maintenance Service team. Elite Aircraft provides comprehensive maintenance services for piston-engine aircraft and coordinates the work needed for inspections, airframe and powerplant repair, engine overhaul, avionics and ADS-B upgrades, oxygen service and preventive/seasonal maintenance so important for safe and legal operation of aircraft. The customer relationship is of the utmost importance, and Elite Aviation stands behind the quality of their maintenance services. 

Be sure to visit Elite Aviation on Saturday, and enjoy the day with fun people and a variety of fascinating aircraft!    

May General Aviation (and More!) Survey

By Carmelo Turdo
The Aero Experience team returns to the monthly General Aviation (and More!) series with a look at our collection of aircraft sightings from May. We end the month with a survey of the general aviation, business and charter aircraft we encountered at five different airports. We hope that you will enjoy this photo essay, and you may see yourself here somewhere if you look closely!

Spirit of St. Louis Airport is home to general aviation and a significant percentage of the St. Louis area's corporate fleets. Here we feature a rainy day and sunset at Elite Aviation.

St. Louis Downtown Airport is home to a large general aviation community along with business aviation aircraft. Featured below is the St. Louis Flight Training fleet and the Missouri Commemorative Air Force Wing aircraft, a Grumman (GM-made) TBM Avenger and North American B-25J Mitchell named Show Me, repostitioned from the now flooded St. Charles County Airport.

Salem-Leckrone Airport is the central Illinois home of the Giles Henderson Memorial Challenge aerobatic contest. During our coverage of this event, we saw some interesting general aviation aircraft and a Bell Jet Ranger outfitted for aerial spraying.

Cape Girardeau, MO Regional Airport hosted their Air Festival in May, and we saw some eneral aviation and United Express regional transports during our coverage of that event. We thank Cape Aviation for the access we needed to provide extended coverage of the Air Festival and the other aircraft featured below.


Creve Coeur Airport hosts a great variety of general aviation aircraft along with many internationally acclaimed antique and warbird aircraft as well. During our visit, we saw some aircraft that were also repositioned from St. Charles County Airport, taking refuge from the current flood conditions.