|By Carmelo Turdo|
As mentioned above, some of our feature stories are the result of work spanning an extended period of time, especially when working with other media outlets and accommodating the availability of all parties concerned. The Aero Experience recently contributed to stories published in two highly-respected publications, the production schedules of both extending over several months.World Airshow News, Autumn 2020The current issue of World Airshow News includes a four-page performer profile of Patrick McAlee, airshow performer and airline pilot. The story includes photos taken during the air-to-air flight around St. Louis last July, and work on the story was conducted in September and October. Our photo flight was led by Paul Voorhees, owner of our sponsor Big River Aviation, in a specially-configured Cessna 172. The Aero Experience is a media sponsor of Patrick McAlee Airshows - ExtremeFlight, providing marketing material and feature stories for the last eight seasons. More coverage of the photo flight can be found here: The Aero Experience: Flying With The Aero Experience: Air-to Air With the Blue Demon.
2020 saw the establishment and growth of the Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation, located at Creve Coeur Airport. During the year, the foundation established itself as a Missouri 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation to aviation. Current programs include flight simulation lab, 3-axis flight demonstrator, F-4 Phantom II jet fighter mobile cockpit display and Bell OH-58C Kiowa currently being prepared for flight this spring. More exhibits, aerospace education activities and career counseling services will be available later this year. One specific long-term project has taken a big step forward this week: the arrival of a second OH-58C helicopter made available through the GSA's Surplus Property Program. The year-long application process for eligibility to receive surplus property was completed in early January, and the foundation immediately applied for, and received, the helicopter. It arrived on Wednesday of this week, and it is now in the foundation's hangar facility. This on-going story will be included in our regular updates. The Aero Experience is proud to support the work of the Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation as a media sponsor.