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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.

Midwest Airport Fun Days Provides Aviation Experiences for Visitors

Midwest Airport Fun Days concluded the first annual event at St. Louis Downtown Airport with cloudy but dry weather following a stormy Saturday afternoon.  The ramp in front of Ideal Aviation and The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum was full of warbirds and fly-ins, and visitors were treated to the sounds of the USAF Mustang Supercar X-1 revving and the Country and Bluegrass music from the Ramblers.  Other highlights included low and fast passes by airshow pilot Patrick McAlee and other local pilots, static displays of warbirds like the MO Commemorative Air Force B-25 and Warbird Warriors PV-2 Harpoon, and Young Eagle flights.  Local aviation and aerospace organization chapters provided demonstrations of their model rockets, RC aircraft, and educational materials.  Flight schools displayed their aircraft, and the Missouri Aviation Historical Society’s Chase Kohler took a Discovery Flight in the St. Louis Flight Training school’s Cessna 172.  73 Young Eagles were flown on Sunday, and five new members joined EAA Chapter 64.  All in all, the event was a good first edition of Midwest Airport Fun Days, and after a brief rest, planning for next year’s event will begin.

Special thanks to Ideal Aviation, Jet Aviation, Ozark Air Services, Parks College of St. Louis University, 345th Recruiting Squadron at Scott AFB, our sponsors and numerous other individuals who made this event possible.