Community Outreach

Young Eagles Take Flight at St. Louis Downtown Airport

Young Eagles took to the air at St. Louis Downtown Airport when a group of young ladies experienced flight early Sunday while visiting the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum.   Aircraft, pilots and ground crews were provided by members of EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport.  They enjoyed flying over the St. Louis riverfront and visiting the museum between flights.  The group later visited the air traffic control tower.  Thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64 and Ideal Aviation for making this Young Eagles event another great success.

Youth Experience Flight During Aviation Summer Camp

A group of middle school students experienced flight and visited St. Louis Downtown Airport facilities Friday while attending the annual Ranken Technical College Adventure Academy summer camp.  Fifteen students and their counselors arrived at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum around 10am and prepared to take their Young Eagle Flights in general aviation aircraft.  The four aircraft, pilots and ground crews were provided by members of EAA Chapter 64, also based at the airport.  Over the next several hours, the students flew over the St. Louis riverfront and learned about aircraft design and construction while touring the museum between flights.  After lunch, the students visited the air traffic control tower and airport fire station.

There were some unique aspects of Friday’s activities.  Several students were treated to flights in John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s Cessna 305A/O-1 Bird Dog two-seat observation aircraft.  Some students were flown in the Cessna 172 provided by a joint venture between AeroCareers and Wings of Hope for the purpose of promoting aviation through flight experiences.  The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, host to Young Eagle Flights throughout the year, provided exhibits of aircraft, engines, training equipment and even a restored F-4 Phantom II cockpit to enhance the learning experience.

Special recognition goes to EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, for yet another safe and enjoyable Young Eagles event.

Museum Exhibit Part of International Space Development Conference

The National Space Society (NSS) wrapped up its 36th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) Monday in St. Louis, the birthplace of the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft that propelled the U.S. into manned space exploration.  The ISDC was hosted by the local NSS chapter, St. Louis Space Frontier, and held in the historic St. Louis Union Station hotel and convention center.  A full agenda of presentations attracted attendees and exhibitors from around the world, and St. Louis aerospace education organizations were there to support the weekend’s activities.

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Missouri Aviation Historical Society, The Space Museum Bonne Terre Missouri, and Mac’s Old Team, among others, provided exhibits at the conference.  Exhibits were available daily during the conference days Friday-Sunday, and lunch sessions included keynote speakers NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Dr. Linda Godwin, Gemini and Apollo Astronaut and retired USAF General Thomas Stafford and World View Enterprises CEO Jane Poynter.  Of special interest was the Saturday Panel Presentation and Luncheon with members of Mac’s Old Team, a group of St. Louis-based McDonnell Aircraft engineers who helped design, build and launch the Mercury and Gemini spacecraft at the dawn of the U.S. manned space program.  More from Saturday’s Mac’s Old Team program will be featured in an upcoming story.

Some of the exhibitors on Saturday included:

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum President Mark Nankivil visits with Michael
Mackowski from Phoenix, AZ

 

Space Museum, Bonne Terre, Missouri President Earl Mullins with some
of the museum’s displays

 

Martin Harris with Missouri Aviation Historical Society aviation and space
program display

 

Beautiful paintings from Janice Schoultz Mudd

 

Missouri University of Science and Technology Mars Rover Design

 

Tesla Model 90D S-Series All-Electric car

 

Saturday’s Panel Presentation featured a two-hour session with Mac’s Old Team and Astronaut Thomas Stafford.  During the luncheon that followed, Mac’s Old Team and General Stafford received the NSS Space Pioneer Award.

 

ISDC Chair Christine Nobbe welcomes us to the morning session

 

Moderator Amy Shira Teitel checks on the panelists
The Panel Presentation gets underway
Bob Schepp

 

Earl Robb

 

Dean Purdy

 

Norm Beckel

 

Jerry Roberts

 

Astronaut Thomas Stafford

 

A brief time to visit after the session

 

Mac’s Old Team with Thomas Stafford and Amy Shira Teitel
The luncheon featured the Keynote Speaker, Astronaut and Retired USAF General Thomas Stafford, and the presentation of the Space Pioneer Awards.  Accepting the awards from Mr. Philip Newell are Thomas Stafford and Norm Beckel representing Mac’s Old Team.

 

 

 

Teachers Aviation Career Day Introduces Educators to Aviation STEM Resources

The Midwest Aviation Community again showed support for STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education and aviation career development by participating in Teachers Aviation Career Day at Mid America Airport in Mascoutah, IL Tuesday.  The event provided area K-12 educators with a first-hand look at available area aviation service providers and resources that add value to the STEM curricula many school districts are developing.  According to Keith Mueller, representing Southwestern Illinois College and a key organizer, there were 160 schools from 13 counties in the St. Louis and Metro East Illinois area scheduled to be represented by the attendees, and it is hoped that this event will spark enhanced communication among educators and the aviation community.

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum provided an exhibit to illustrate its contribution to educating the public about the area’s contributions to aviation past and present.  The exhibits were arranged on both floors of the Mid America Airport terminal, and several aircraft arrived and parked on the apron.  The exhibitors represented all aspects of aviation, including commercial airlines, military careers, flying schools and college aviation programs, advocacy groups, educational non-profit organizations and even camera drone operators.  Having the event at an airport, with the aircraft present, emphasized the point that aviation services and careers are important to everyday life, and that the skills needed to participate in aviation as a vocation are within the grasp of those students who participate in STEM programs.

A sample of the exhibitors and aircraft include:

Overhead view of a portion of the lower level exhibit hall

 

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

 

CineFly

 

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64

 

Federal Aviation Administration

 

Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

 

Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association

 

Ninety-Nines and Women With Wings

 

Southern Illinois University

 

Southwestern Illinois College

 

Sparta Aero Services

 

Trans States Airlines

 

Transportation Security Administration

 

Wings of Hope

 

Yield Enhancement Service
General layout of the apron:

General Aviation aircraft used by the State of Illinois, Southern Illinois University Flight Program, and Mr. Bob McDaniel’s personal aircraft that has flown many Young Eagles with Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64:

 

Vans Aircraft RV-7A built and flown by Mr. Larry Frey:

Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:

 

Cirrus SR20 used by the Parks College of St. Louis University Flight Program:

Piper Cherokee Representing Sparta Aero Services:

Pitts S-2A Special used for teaching aerobatic flight by Bi-Plane Training:

Bell Helicopter Textron 206 Long Ranger used for medical air transport by Survival Flight:

Special thanks to the organizers, exhibitors, attending educators, and Mid America Airport for making this Midwest Aviation outreach event a great success.

Scout Aviation Day and Young Eagle Flights Held at Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum held the annual Scout Aviation Day Saturday.  The museum, along with EAA Chapter 64, provided opportunities for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to experience Young Eagle flights and participate in activities to fulfill portions of their Aviation Merit Badge requirements.  The Scouts learned about the development of flying machines in the St. Louis area using real-life examples on display, and heard about opportunities in the aviation field from educators and military pilots.  Along with the actual Young Eagles flight, the Scouts could observe aircraft operations on the apron in front of the museum as they occurred in real time.  Trying on an actual F-4 Phantom II fighter cockpit for size was a rare and exciting experience.

 

Sponsorship Announcement: Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum to Co-Sponsor International Space Development Conference in St. Louis May 25-29

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has become a co-sponsor of the International Space Development Conference to be held May 25-29 in St. Louis.  Over the next few months, we will be promoting the conference and bringing the highlights of the event to our audience as it progresses.  The museum will also partner with The Aero Experience, another co-sponsor, with an exhibit at the conference.

We encourage you to attend the event, which features world-renowned speakers and cutting-edge breakout sessions that push the envelope of conventional space exploration.  Topics such as return to the moon, living in space, mars settlement and advanced propulsion systems will be explored.

The museum commends the National Space Society and the St. Louis Space Frontier for their hard work in hosting this amazing event.  Click on the image below for more information and check back for future updates!

 http://isdc2017.nss.org/

Youth Experience Flight at St. Louis Area Young Eagles Rally

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!

Museum Shows Value of Aviation Education at St. Louis Area STEM Fair

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum participated in a STEM Fair, sponsored by STEMpact, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall today.  The display included a slide show of the museum’s on-site exhibits, airfoils from an aircraft wing and helicopter blade, cockpit instruments, and other items illustrating the use of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The morning session was attended by STEM Leaders from area schools who visited with the exhibitors from around the St. Louis and Metro East IL areas.  The museum was well received by area educators who showed great interest in the aviation and space science fields of study.  Many opportunities were discussed for follow-up activities in the coming year.  Other organizations representing aviation and space science were Southwestern Illinois College, the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association and the Challenger Learning Center – St. Louis.

Museum Hosts Ranken Adventure Academy Class, Young Eagle Flights

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a class from the Ranken Adventure Academy Friday.  The students toured the museum and gained an understanding of aerospace vehicles and their construction, including a complete F-4 jet cockpit and aircraft projects under construction.  EAA Chapter 64 provided aircraft and volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights, ensuring that every student experienced  an interactive flight over the St. Louis area.  Thanks to EAA Chapter, Ideal Aviation and Women With Wings St. Louis for their contributions to making this a great experience for the students and all involved.

Museum Hosts Tuskegee Airmen Youth Group Tour, Young Eagle Flights

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum recently hosted a youth group participating in a week-long activity at nearby Scott AFB sponsored by the local Tuskegee Airmen chapter.  EAA Chapter 64, also located at St. Louis Downtown Airport, provided volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights around the St. Louis area in a variety of aircraft.  Between flights, the teens learned about St. Louis aviation and aerospace history from the museum’s docents and the exhibits and activities, including the opportunity to climb into the cockpit of a real McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II jet fighter.  The museum hopes to work with the Tuskegee Airmen chapter regularly in the future.  (Photos by Mark Nankivil)