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April 5, 2013

Youth Gateway to Aviation Day Tomorrow At St. Louis Downtown Airport

Patti Beck
Interim Director of Communications
314-982-1440

CAHOKIA, IL April 5, 2013… St. Louis Downtown Airport, St. Louis University (SLU), Boeing, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 64, the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum and other co-sponsors will host approximately 200 young people on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of SLU Youth Gateway to Aviation Day at St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, Illinois. The children ages 8 to 17 will get to go for ride in a plane, fly simulators provided by St. Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, explore the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum exhibits, and learn about aviation careers and opportunities.

For many of these children, it will be their first flight and they may decide to become pilots or to pursue other aviation-related careers. Pilots donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to share their love of flying with the young aviation enthusiasts.

The Bi-State Development Agency/Metro (BSDA/Metro) is the operator of the Metro public transportation system for the St. Louis region, which includes the 87 vehicle, 46-mile MetroLink light rail system; 374 MetroBus vehicle fleet that operates on 75 MetroBus routes; and Metro Call-A-Ride, a paratransit fleet of 121 vans.

BSDA/Metro also owns and operates St. Louis Downtown Airport and its surrounding industrial business park, and the Gateway Arch Riverboats, as well as operates the Gateway Arch Revenue Collections Center, the Gateway Arch Transportation System, and the Gateway Arch Parking Facility.

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