The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum’s role in the Youth Gateway to Aviation Event October 8 was mentioned during a recent podcast produced for the Powered Sport Flying Radio Show. Airport Director Bob McDaniel and Susan Bloomfield, Development Director for Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology praised the sponsors of the event for making it a great experience for hundreds of Scouts. The museum hosted the EAA’s Young Eagle pilots and provided educational tours and a flight simulator for Scouts and visitors. To listen, visit http://www.psfradio.com/impodcast/2011/10/11/psf111011b.mp3.
Hundreds of Scouts descended upon St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia this weekend for Youth Gateway to Aviation Day. The Event was sponsored by Parks College of St. Louis, along with EAA Chapter 64, The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, Wicks Aircraft Supply, Boeing, and many other aerospace organizations. Only 2 weeks following EAA 64′s successful EAA Ford Trimotor weekend event, local EAA chapters again banded together to accomplish the impressive feat of giving nearly 300 Young Eagle flights to scouts encamped at the airport. Flying over a dozen aircraft, from a 1937 Waco YKS-7 to a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter, and using the museum’s historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 as the operating base, EAA and local pilots were in action all day Saturday providing that vital first flight experience to the next generation of aviators. Other exhibitors provided hands-on experiences to the Scouts throughout the day, and aerospace giants, such as former NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz (of Apollo 13 era) and EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower, inspired youth and adults alike to pursue excellence and aviation activities and careers. Here are some scenes from the day’s activities: