2014 Midwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show
January 25-26th, 2014 – Maryland Heights Centre
This year our special guest presenter, former Space Shuttle Astronaut and Test Pilot Mr. Steve Nagel delighted and informed the crowd with stories, images and lessons learned from “The First Half-Century of Space Flight”. Mr. Nagel took us on a journey from the early days of the American Space Program and his own career as an aviator, through the moon missions, space shuttle program and wrapped up with a discussion of the present and future directions of NASA and the burgeoning commercial space industry. Special thanks to Mr. Nagel for taking time to headline a great MACTS Super Safety Seminar Program. Be sure to check back for details on the 2015 MACTS Super Safety Seminar.
Later that evening the GSLFIA and the FAA hosted the 10th Annual MACTS Aviation Awards Banquet, with special guest M.C., Mr. Mike Young. After the traditional invocation by Fr. James Sebesta, the guests enjoyed a delicious menu prepared by Gina Keeven of Choices Catering. The awards portion of the evening followed, honoring the best and brightest in St. Louis aviation. The highlight of the evening came when Phil Dixon presented a fantastic film he produced honoring Mr. Fred Harms, recipient of the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award celebrating his 50 years in aviation. Congratulations to Fred and to all of this years honorees.
On Sunday, the GSLFIA presented the 5th annual Youth Aviation/Learn to Fly program, featuring RC model aircraft, Air Traffic Control demonstrations, local flight schools and instructors, local aviation organizations, and several high-tech flight simulators. Thanks to all who participated in this free, public event, especially Mike Saettele for providing the simulators.