Thanks for Making the 2013 MACTS a Success!!
Thanks to everyone who attended and participated, the 9th Annual Midwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show proved to be one of the best ever. Pilots and aviation enthusiasts from all around the area turned out for informative presentations, visited the many vendors and dined in style at the Annual Awards Banquet catered by Choices Catering.
The Saturday Super Safety Seminar took flight with veteran airshow announcer, Mike Young as our Guest MC and soared to great heights as we navigated through topics focusing on the most important part of every flight: the pilot. Al Gorthy from the FAA Office of Runway Safety led us through often complicated world of airport taxiways and signage in an effort to help us avoid Runway Incursions. Cathe’ Fish from the AOPA Speakers Bureau held up a mirror to the audience, making us take a hard look at our own behaviors and habits with a presentation on Human Factors. Congressman Sam Graves took the stage to discuss and answer questions regarding the new “Pilot’s Bill of Rights” and his efforts to protect pilots nationwide. Sarah Newton from the FAA Medical Division brought us back for a safe landing, fielding questions and giving solid advice regarding FAA Medicals–always a hot topic among pilots of all ages.
During the breaks, visitors mingled and checked out the many aviation organizations and businesses on hand and refilled their “fuel tanks” with free coffee and donuts provided by the Missouri Pilots Association, Gateway Chapter. Many thanks to all the vendors who participated. Meanwhile, Kelley Lamm did her radio show live from the event, interviewing pilots and speakers. Thanks, Kelley for some “good press” for Aviation. You can hear The Kelley Lamm Show Live Saturdays from 9-11am onAM1380, The Fan.
Sunday’s Learn to Fly, Youth Aviation Seminar went extremely well this year with over three times the attendance by the general public over last year’s event. Children and young adults from all around the St. Louis area showed up despite the nasty January weather to “fly” the flight simulators provided by St. Louis Flight Simulator and manned by local instructors, (including some Instructor candidates from Parks College), learn about all the available aviation careers and just have fun with aviation. We reached a lot of potential pilots, mechanics and controllers and ad a great time. Thanks to Craig O’Mara, Patti Brown and all the volunteers for putting on a great seminar and showing the general public why we love everything aviation!
A resounding round of applause is in order for everyone who took time to be a part of the weekend’s events. The Spirit of St. Louis is truly alive and well. Let’s keep the tradition alive…
Check back here often for updates and information on the 2014 MACTS. See you next year!!!