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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.

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.

Aviation Community Remembers Test Pilot, Humanitarian Joe Dobronski

  

Joseph Francis Dobronski, Sr.
September 10, 1927 – September 5, 2015
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Born: September 10, 1927
Place of Birth: Patton, Pennsylvania
Death: September 5, 2015
Place of Death: Creve Coeur, Missouri

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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.

 

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St. Louis Aviation Community Mourns the Loss of Delia Greer, Dear Lady of the Skies

Delia Greer (left) and Jean Murry

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Delia Greer on Monday, 23 July, 2012, in her home.  Delia was not known to have any medical issues so her death is quite unexpected. Delia had been a member of the Ninety-Nines for nearly 30 years and was quite active in local Ninety-Nine events.  She had been a volunteer at Wings of Hope since 1999 and had participated in several missions to post-Katrina New Orleans as well as to Haiti and to Central and South America.  Also, at Wings of Hope, she was the chief flight nurse of the Medical Air Transport that transports patients to medical facilities throughout the Midwest.  Two weeks ago at the Ninety-Nines International Annual Conference in Providence, RI, Delia Greer and Jean Murry received the Ninety Nines Award for Humanitarian Service for their work with Wings of Hope.  Delia was also a member of the Commemorative Air Force at St. Charles County Airport (Smartt Field), the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and the Gateway Chapter of Missouri Pilots Association.
Libby Yunger, Greater St. Louis Chapter of the Ninety-Nines
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Museum Treasurer Honored by 99s for Work With Wings of Hope

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.