The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum held the annual Scout Aviation Day Saturday. The museum, along with EAA Chapter 64, provided opportunities for both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to experience Young Eagle flights and participate in activities to fulfill portions of their Aviation Merit Badge requirements. The Scouts learned about the development of flying machines in the St. Louis area using real-life examples on display, and heard about opportunities in the aviation field from educators and military pilots. Along with the actual Young Eagles flight, the Scouts could observe aircraft operations on the apron in front of the museum as they occurred in real time. Trying on an actual F-4 Phantom II fighter cockpit for size was a rare and exciting experience.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum and EAA Chapter 64 hosted the year’s first local EAA Young Eagles rally on March 4. Young Eagles flights are given free of charge to youth aged 8-17 through local EAA chapter rallies, and Young Eagles are also offered educational materials, first flight lesson vouchers and flight scholarships to encourage the development of the next generation of aviators. Those who have received Young Eagle flights from EAA Chapter 64 have discovered that there are a variety of aircraft involved, flown by very experienced and enthusiastic pilots. Young Eagles flights from St. Louis Downtown Airport offer a great view of the St. Louis skyline and neighboring sites such as the large rail yard north of the airport.
The afternoon was clear and warm as the operation began following the pilot briefing by EAA Chapter 64 Young Eagles Coordinator Bob McDaniel. Local youth groups, including Cub Scouts, were represented. While some were being flown, others were touring the museum and trying out the full-size and kid-size aircraft cockpits and trainers. A variety of aircraft were used, including Cessna 172s, a Piper Cherokee and John and Elizabeth Schaefer’s pristine Cessna 305A/O-1A Bird Dog. Here are some views of the flights:
Special thanks to the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, EAA Chapter 64, pilots and ground crews, and Ideal Aviation FBO services for making this great youth event possible!
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a class from the Ranken Adventure Academy Friday. The students toured the museum and gained an understanding of aerospace vehicles and their construction, including a complete F-4 jet cockpit and aircraft projects under construction. EAA Chapter 64 provided aircraft and volunteer pilots for Young Eagle Flights, ensuring that every student experienced an interactive flight over the St. Louis area. Thanks to EAA Chapter, Ideal Aviation and Women With Wings St. Louis for their contributions to making this a great experience for the students and all involved.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted a large group of Scouts and general public youth for Young Eagle Flights and presentations by local experts in various sectors of aviation. The annual Youth in Aviation Day involves over 100 Scouts working on their Aviation Merit Badge and serves as a major Young Eagle Rally at St. Louis Downtown Airport. During the day, the Scouts and airport residents were treated to a visit from a Bell 47 and a takeoff by USMC Harrier jets. Thanks to the Scout members, museum staff, EAA Chapter 64 volunteer pilots and Ideal Aviation for making this another successful event. (Photos by Museum President, Mark Nankivil)
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum again teamed with EAA Chapter 64 to give Young Eagle flights to about 20 aviation enthusiasts October 31. Chapter members donated their time, fuel and aircraft – Cessna 172, 182, an Ercoupe and American Champion Decathlon – to share their love of aviation and encourage these young students to explore aviation for themselves. Those who participation in the EAA Young Eagle program receive a free flight around the local area, EAA Student Membership, online flight training course, Discovery Flight with a certified flight instructor. Flight training scholarships are also available.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted Young Eagle Flights at St. Louis Downtown Airport today. Members of a local Boy Scout troop received their Young Eagle flights in one of two Cessna 172s or an Aviat Husky provided by members of EAA Chapter 64. The “East Side Chapter” provides regular opportunities for local youth to experience a flight around the St. Louis riverfront in general aviation aircraft, and local Scout troops frequently credit the flight and museum activities toward the achievement of the Aviation Merit Badge. Benefits of the EAA Young Eagles program include, without cost: first Young Eagles flight, EAA Student Membership, Sporty’s Pilot Shop online flight training program, first introductory flight lesson and availability of flight training scholarships. For more information about the Young Eagles program in the St. Louis area, contact EAA Chapter 64 at http://eaa64.org/ye.htm. Here are some views of today’s flights:
The Midwest Aviation community took advantage of unseasonably warm weather February 7 to provide a second opportunity this year to give the next generation the gift of flight. EAA Chapter 64 and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum teamed up again to give Young Eagle and Eagle Flights to area residents. The chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Bob McDaniel, arranged for another warm weekend and four crews to fly about 15 passengers around the St. Louis riverfront from Ideal Aviation’s West Ramp at St. Louis Downtown Airport Saturday. Here are some scenes from the great day of flying:
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted another group of Boy Scouts as they took their Young Eagle Flights Saturday at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The flights were conducted by Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64 air and ground crews, including pilots Jim Thurman, Woody Gray and Bob McDaniel. In all, 16 Boy Scouts were flown in the three aircraft starting at 10am as the cloud ceiling slowly lifted over the St. Louis area. During their visit, the Boy Scouts toured the museum, including the inside of the Lockheed Jetstar aircraft on display. Another series of flights for other Boy Scout troops will be held in April, and flights will be offered to the general public at Midwest Airport Fun Days to be held June 7-8.
The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum hosted about 70 Cub Scouts Saturday at historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport. The museum periodically assists local Scout troops with activities that contribute towards the requirements of the Aviation Merit Badge, and EAA Chapter 64 provides Young Eagle flights and ramp safety. The overcast weather conditions kept the aircraft on the ground this weekend, but the Scouts toured the museum and flew aircraft they made to demonstrate aerodynamics in action. The Scouts will return in the spring to take their Young Eagle flights. (Photos courtesy of museum Curator, Mike Burke).