MACTS

Museum Participates in Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum participated in the 2013 Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) held January 26-27 at the Maryland Heights Centre in St. Louis County. The event was sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association and the Missouri Pilots Association.  Day one consisted of a Flight Instructor Revalidation Clinic and aviation safety seminar running concurrently with the trade show.  Day two, “Learn to Fly Day,” featured flight simulators provided by St. Louis Flight Simulator as well as aerospace career specialists from the FAA, Boeing and local FBOs.  Trade show participants included the museum, Ideal Aviation, Air Associates, St. Charles Flying Service, EAA Chapter 32, Missouri Aviation Historical Society and the Ninety-nines, among others.  Carmelo Turdo, museum Board Member and three-time museum representative at the Trade Show, was enthused about being involved with the first major aerospace event of the year.  “MACTS is a great kickoff to the new year in St. Louis area aviation.  I see a lot of familiar faces from organizations we partner with during the year, and I also meet new people who are not familiar with the museum.  It is always gratifying to introduce the museum to a new audience, and especially to encourage young people to participate in aviation through the exhibits and activities provided by the museum in concert with the other organizations here at MACTS.”  In a true spirit of cooperation, exhibitors would refer visitors needing specialty services to another organization’s table if it would better serve that customer.  Here are some scenes from the trade show and “Learn to Fly Day”: