Greetings from The Aero Experience Team


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

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Aero Experience Continues Into Second Decade of Promoting Midwest Aviation

The Aero Experience continues into our second decade of promoting Midwest Aviation with a hearty "Happy New Year" for 2020. We are looking forward to a great year of fun and flying, spreading the love of aviation far and wide across the Midwest region and beyond. We are thankful for the opportunity to continue working with the great Midwest Aviation community, and we strive to engage an expanding general audience with our varied media presentations and site visits. We are grateful for the support from our sponsors and partners across the region, and we continue to look for cooperative ventures that will enhance our effectiveness. 

Carmelo Turdo
With the new year upon us, we thought it would be a good time to reintroduce ourselves and highlight our goals and past accomplishments. We hope that you will continue to view our posts and videos, give your feedback and assistance when possible, and share the links from our stories and sponsors. Below is an outline of our current approach to The Aero Experience

General Description: 
The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest Aviation and aerospace achievement. We believe that aviation is best appreciated through direct experience, and so we encourage everyone, especially general audiences, to participate in the many aviation activities available in the region. The Aero Experience supports organizations and events that enhance the capability and effectiveness of Midwest Aviation, and we partner with our sponsors and advertisers to strengthen the Midwest Aviation business climate. The results of our work are posted regularly on our website, The Aero Experience blog.

Sponsored and Joint Activities:
Mark Nankivil
The Aero Experience promotes and participates in the activities of our sponsor partners, including Patrick McAlee Airshows – ExtremeFlight, Elite Aviation, Big River Aviation, Gateway Jets Wings of Hope, Gateway Flight Training, JetValues Jeremy and Air Associates. Sponsor partners receive advertising space, priority coverage of events and promotion of products and services. The Aero Experience also participates in, or co-sponsors, events and programs produced by other organizations through advanced promotion, media support, research materials, guest speakers and other assistance beyond general media coverage.

Media Coverage of Aviation News, Events and Features:
The Aero Experience provides coverage of important aviation news, events and feature stories. Topics covered in this category include STEM education programs, professional presentations, association meetings, seminars, trade shows, conventions, open houses, airshows, historic occasions and countless other opportunities to promote the positive aspects of Midwest Aviation. The Aero Experience then encourages our audience to pursue similar aero experiences.

Media Contributions to Other Media Publications:
Media and aviation news coverage from The Aero Experience have appeared in other local, regional, national and international media publications and video productions, increasing our ability to promote Midwest Aviation. Media related to topics requested by sponsors, event organizers, researchers and other media publications are provided with sourcing to The Aero Experience.

Fred Harl
Support Services:
The Aero Experience offers other support services that are indirectly related to promoting Midwest Aviation as mentioned above. These activities may be conducted in conjunction with, or separate from, the above services, may involve other topics and serve as a way to cross-market The Aero Experience

Future Development 2020 Activity Objectives:
The Aero Experience plans to expand operations to include future product and service offerings in support of the core objective of promoting Midwest Aviation. We will announce these developments as they are finalized.

Awards and Recognition:
September 2013: Contributor Leo Cachat wins the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team Photo Contest

December 2013: Certificate of Appreciation from Mount Vernon Airport, IL

2014-2016: Certificate of Recognition from Missouri Pilots Association, St. Louis Chapter

June 2016: Missouri Pilots Association Media Award

Testimonials for The Aero Experience:
"Air Associates of Missouri and Air Associates of Kansas are proud to sponsor The Aero Experience at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 - 2016."  Air Associates

"Prompt, thorough and polite, Carmelo is a delight to work with. He is a motivated self-starter with a passion for learning new ways to succeed in today's marketplace. I look forward to watching his next projects unfold." 
Bronwyn Voth, Owner of Bronwyn Voth Digital Marketing Communications

"Gateway Jets and I pass on a Sincere Thank You to Carmelo and The Aero Experience for some great company and outstanding coverage of our expansion and open house. The pictures look phenomenal and the 3 part series covers our operations and philosophy perfectly."  Corey Tomczak, President of Gateway Jets

"St. Louis is a great aviation town with a rich history. I feel that there are a vast amount of activities missed because the word didn't get out, which is why I am very thankful to The Aero Experience team for their efforts to promote Midwest aviation. I like to joke that I can't afford a nice camera, so I have to take Carmelo with me. The truth is, I like Carmelo and what The Aero Experience does for the aviation community." 
Paul Voorhees, Owner of Big River Aviation

"Carmelo really has a talent of capturing cool pics. We are lucky to have him in our area!" Bob Hamilton, Pitts Special Competition Pilot

The Aero Experience again thanks everyone who has worked with us in the past to promote Midwest Aviation, and we look forward to an even more successful year and decade to come. Please consider supporting our work through sponsorship and advertising opportunities, and contact us regarding Midwest Aviation events and interesting people we should feature in our 2020 coverage! 

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