Museum’s BD-5 on Display at St. Louis Community College St. Louis Aerospace Institute

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has placed its BD-5 aircraft on loan to the St. Louis Aerospace Institute, and it is now on display in the lobby of the Center for Workforce Innovation.  The St. Louis Aerospace Institute is a collaborative effort between St. Louis Community College, industry partners and the Department of Labor.  Initially planned as a training program for prospective Boeing Company assembly workers, the program has gained additional partners and has blossomed into an aerospace production training center featuring these current hands-on courses: Mechanical Blueprint Reading, Basic Aerospace SMAR Training,  Intermediate Aerospace SMAR Training, Aerospace Assembly: Electrical, Mechanical and Composites.  A Certificate of Specialization in Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology is available upon completion of required curriculum.  Current industry partners include The Boeing Company, Essex Industries, GKN Aerospace, St. Louis Business Aviation Association, Kemco Aerospace Manufacturing, LMI Aerospace, Jet Aviation, Sabreliner Corporation, Pattonville High School, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment, St. Louis County Workforce Investment Board, St. Louis Public School District, and Ritenour High School.  The faculty and staff at the St. Louis Aerospace Institute hosted a large contingent of EAA Chapter 64 members recently (many of which also are members of the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum), providing a tour of the facility and a special discussion of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that included a power-up demonstration of several scale radio-controlled aircraft built and flown by Mr. Jack Beetz, professor of carbon fiber fabrication and assembly.  For more information about the St. Louis Aerospace Institute, please visit  Special thanks to Mr. Paul Voorhees, assembly instructor, Ms Becky Epps, Program Manager, Mr. Jack Beetz and the entire staff.

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