The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted the year’s first local EAA Young Eagles rally on March 4. Young Eagles flights are given free of charge to youth aged 8-17 through local EAA chapter rallies, and Young Eagles are also offered educational materials, first flight lesson vouchers and flight scholarships to encourage the development of the next generation of aviators. Those who have received Young Eagle flights from EAA Chapter 64 have discovered that there are a variety of aircraft involved, flown by very experienced and enthusiastic pilots. Young Eagles flights from St. Louis Downtown Airport offer a great view of the St. Louis skyline and neighboring sites such as the large rail yard north of the airport.
The afternoon was clear and warm as the operation began following the pilot briefing by EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel. Local youth groups, including Cub Scouts, were represented. While some were being flown, others were touring the museum and trying out the full-size and kid-size aircraft cockpits and trainers. A variety of aircraft were used, including Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee and John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s pristine Cessna 305A/O-1A Bird Dog. Here are some views of the flights:
Special thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64, pilots and ground crews, and Ideal Aviation FBO services for making this great youth event possible!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a large group of Scouts and general public youth for Young Eagle Flights and presentations by local experts in various sectors of aviation. The annual Youth in Aviation Day involves over 100 Scouts working on their Aviation Merit Badge and serves as a major Young Eagle Rally at St. Louis Downtown Airport. During the day, the Scouts and airport residents were treated to a visit from a Bell 47 and a takeoff by USMC Harrier jets. Thanks to the Scout members, museum staff, EAA Chapter 64 volunteer pilots and Ideal Aviation for making this another successful event. (Photos by Museum President, Mark Nankivil)
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum at St. Louis Downtown Airport hosted 80 Cahokia, IL Head Start students and their teachers Tuesday, offering 3-5 year-old children the chance to explore aviation first-hand. The children were invited to climb into a Link trainer cab, F-4 Phantom II cockpit and the museum’s Lockheed Jetstar executive jet that was once owned by Howard Hughes. The children also sat in a PC-12 medical transport “KidsFlight 3″ and a Cessna 172 from west ramp FBO Ideal Aviation. The airport Fire Department brought their impressive Panther fire truck, always a hit with young and old alike. The airport will host another 80 children Thursday.
The museum welcomes group visits, though prior arrangements are necessary. Special thanks to Firefighter Terry Bowman for arranging and coordinating the visits this week. Photos by museum President, Mark Nankivil.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted Michael Sequeira’s historic Bell 47G on display February 20. The aircraft was originally a Bell 47B, serial number 5, later converted to the 47G standard. Several rides around the St. Louis riverfront were raffled and a photo session past the Gateway Arch was also flown. (Photos: Carmelo Turdo and Fred Harl, The Aero Experience).
The Midwest Aviation community took advantage of unseasonably warm weather February 7 to provide a second opportunity this year to give the next generation the gift of flight. EAA Chapter 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum teamed up again to give Young Eagle and Eagle Flights to area residents. The chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, arranged for another warm weekend and four crews to fly about 15 passengers around the St. Louis riverfront from Ideal Aviation’s West Ramp at St. Louis Downtown Airport Saturday. Here are some scenes from the great day of flying:
The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum hosted the 20th Annual Gateway Eagles Youth Aviation Day on Saturday, September 13th at the Museum’s location at St. Louis-Downtown Airport (CPS) in Cahokia, Illinois. The weather was excellent and with the fine organizational efforts of the Gateway Eagles, 116 children from 8 to 17 years of age flew, many for the first time, through the EAA Young Eagles flight program.
The Young Eagles program was developed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 1992 with the intent of providing a flight experience to kids who might not otherwise be exposed to aviation and the joys of flying. Over 1.8 million kids have taken their free introductory flight through local EAA Chapters and groups like the Gateway Eagles. More information on the program is available at: EAA Young Eagles Program.
Gateway Eagles members provided their own aircraft, and along with the assistance of Southern Illinois University aircraft and pilots from both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses, the flying was completed by mid afternoon. One of the great benefits of flying out of St. Louis-Downtown Airport is that the flight route takes the kids along the St. Louis riverfront, and for many it’s a different and exciting view of the Arch, Busch Stadium and the St. Louis skyline.
The Gateway Eagles reach out to various youth groups to bring a variety of kids together for their Young Eagles flights. One group of students came all the way from St. Clair, MO to take their Young Eagle flights. The Gateway Eagles also set up an impressive set of activities for participants to do while waiting for their flight. The Airport’s Fire Department set up their Emergency Response vehicle for everyone to check out, and the crew demonstrated the reach of the vehicle’s water nozzles. Food was also available for attendees, and there were raffle prizes as well. Those not flying toured the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and participated in related activities.
The Gateway Eagles would like to say thank you to the following for their help and support of the event:
The Corvette Club of St.Louis
Here are some scenes from the great day of flying:
Midwest Airport Fun Days concluded the first annual event at St. Louis Downtown Airport with cloudy but dry weather following a stormy Saturday afternoon. The ramp in front of Ideal Aviation and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum was full of warbirds and fly-ins, and visitors were treated to the sounds of the USAF Mustang Supercar X-1 revving and the Country and Bluegrass music from the Ramblers. Other highlights included low and fast passes by airshow pilot Patrick McAlee and other local pilots, static displays of warbirds like the MO Commemorative Air Force B-25 and Warbird Warriors PV-2 Harpoon, and Young Eagle flights. Local aviation and aerospace organization chapters provided demonstrations of their model rockets, RC aircraft, and educational materials. Flight schools displayed their aircraft, and the Missouri Aviation Historical Society’s Chase Kohler took a Discovery Flight in the St. Louis Flight Training school’s Cessna 172. 73 Young Eagles were flown on Sunday, and five new members joined EAA Chapter 64. All in all, the event was a good first edition of Midwest Airport Fun Days, and after a brief rest, planning for next year’s event will begin.
Special thanks to Ideal Aviation, Jet Aviation, Ozark Air Services, Parks College of St. Louis University, 345th Recruiting Squadron at Scott AFB, our sponsors and numerous other individuals who made this event possible.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has begun its “Countdown to Midwest Airport Fun Days” with the arrival of several warbirds that will be on static display during the June 7-8 event. The St. Louis Downtown Airport community recently welcomed a Douglas DC-3 cargo aircraft and the rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon, “Attu Warrior,” to the Ideal Aviation ramp for pre-event festivities starting early next week. More activities are planned for the coming week, so check the event web page for more updates.
This new Midwest Aviation event offers free, family-friendly fun to the public with our thriving aviation community! Produced by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Ideal Aviation, EAA Chapter 64 and The Aero Experience, Midwest Airport Fun Days will provide an opportunity for our visitors to experience aviation first-hand and have a lot of fun at the same time.
Taking Off June 7 & 8, 2014 At St. Louis Downtown Airport
St. Louis Downtown Airport, Ideal Aviation, the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64 and The Aero Experience present the Midwest’s newest aviation event offering free, family-friendly fun hosted by a thriving airport community! At Midwest Airport Fun Days, our guests are invited to visit the airport and take part in activities provided through the generous contributions of participants and sponsors from throughout the Midwest. Planned activities include:
Examine aircraft on display from St. Louis Downtown Airport and other airports from around the Midwest
Experience a flight in a World War II B-25 Mitchell bomber
Fly in a 1941 Waco Biplane
Meet Aerobatic airshow star Patrick McAlee
Youth Fly FREE on Sunday