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|
|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 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:
Cessna 182 used by the Civil Air Patrol:
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.
Born: September 10, 1927
Dobronski, Joseph Francis, Sr., baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Saturday, September 5, 2015.
Beloved husband of Ginny Dobronski; loving father of Joseph F. (Kelly) Dobronski, Jr., Kati (Ralph) Rosato, David (Laura) Dobronski and Stephen (Cecelia) Dobronski; loving grandfather of 9 and great-grandfather of 5, dear uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.
J.F. “JOE” DOBRONSKI graduated from high school in western Pennsylvania and entered the Navy V-5 Program in 1945. He attended Worchester Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University prior to preflight. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1947. Joe flew in VA-1L and VX-3 prior to discharge in 1949 and then the Naval Reserve until 1954. After graduation from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in 1951, he worked as a Flight Test Engineer at McDonnell Aircraft in St Louis, Missouri; became a production test pilot in 1953 flying the F2H Banshee, and was promoted to experimental pilot after graduation from the United States Air Force Test Pilot’s School in 1954. As an experimental test pilot, and later Chief Test Pilot in 1966, he helped develop the Demon, Voodoo, Phantom II, Eagle, Harrier, Hornet and other experimental aircraft and a three jet helicopter.
Joe became Director of Test Operations for McDonnell Douglas in 1972 and Director of Flight Test and Operations in 1976. Following retirement in 1984, he became Chief Pilot for Wings of Hope, a humanitarian organization where he worked for fifteen years. He flew medical missions in Central America, and also delivered aircraft for missions in Belize, Botswana, South Africa, and the Galapagos Islands. With over 1700 hours instructing, he was awarded the FAA Central Region Flight Instructor of the Year 2000 Award. He was recently awarded the James G Byrnes Excellence in Aviation Award for 2015.
He was a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and was granted an Honorary Doctorate Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He was actively instructing aerobatics and sailplanes in which he held the Diamond C award. In 1998, he self-published a book titled “A Sky Full of Challenges” (now an E-Book web page www.Smashwords). Joe married Virginia Hausmann in 1957 and lived in Ballwin, MO.
Joe was accomplished in his faith, his family and his passion as an aviator.
Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, Ellisville for 11:30 a.m. Mass. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made toWings of Hope or Birthright. Visitation Monday 4-6 p.m. Friends may sign the family’s on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.
Tuesday September 8, 2015, 11:30 AM at Saint Clare of Assisi Catholic Church
Tuesday September 8, 2015 at National Cemetery
Monday September 7, 2015, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory
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Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Treasurer Jean Murry will receive the Achievement for Humanitarian Efforts award from the 99s, a women’s aviation group founded by Amelia Earhart, at the July international convention in Providence, R.I. Besides working with the museum, Jean volunteers with the St. Louis 99s, Wings of Hope, and St, Luke’s Hospital. The museum extends our congratulations to Jean, and wish her many more years of service to these worthy causes.
Please read the full article announcing the award: http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/life/ninety-nines-recognize-wings-of-hope-volunteer/article_ac0bc7a6-6f4a-5535-a088-7432c071d949.html.