The 2011 Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show this weekend featured local aviation safety experts as well as internationally known presenters. The two-day event, sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association, has become an annual local institution - a combination of trade show, fund raiser, safety panel, national advocacy update, inspirational testimony and recruiting drive.
Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh, reflects on his family legacy and his personal struggles with Rheumatoid Arthritis early in his adult life that almost prevented him from flying or even pursuing an active life.
Erik Lindbergh describes his own 2002 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean as a personal, technical and psychological challenge overcome through teamwork and risk management.
Gregg Maryniak, President of the St. Louis Science Center, (left) and Erik Lindbergh (right) pose with St. Louis' legendary McDonnell Douglas test pilot and certified flight instructor, Joe Dobronski.