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  • 10 Feb 2022 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Bi-State Development Names New Director for
    St. Louis Downtown Airport

    Bi-State Development is excited to announce Sandra Shore as the new director to lead St. Louis Downtown Airport operations starting February 28. The airport is the busiest general aviation airport in Illinois and the third busiest airport overall in the state after O’Hare and Midway. St. Louis Downtown Airport contributes more than $422 million in annual economic benefits to the local economy and is located on 1,000 acres in St. Clair County in Cahokia Heights and Sauget, just across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Shore is currently the airport director at Quincy Regional Airport in Quincy, Illinois where she has held the position since 2018. Prior to that, Shore was the airport manager at Floyd W. Jones Lebanon Airport in Lebanon, Missouri. Her experience ranges from general aviation and fixed based operation to Part 139 certified air service airports. During her time at Quincy Regional Airport, she managed more than $7 million in federal Airport Improvement Funding, secured an additional $18 million in funding, and has programmed another $17 million in airport funding over the next two years. Shore replaces Erick Dahl who served as director of St. Louis Downtown Airport for nearly 8 years before leaving last fall to pursue another opportunity.

    “We are pleased that Sandra will join our team to lead our airport operations into the future. With St. Louis Downtown Airport being located on 1,000 acres of prime real estate practically in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, we welcome her fresh view on generating new business and new tenants which will benefit St. Clair County and our region,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development, the organization that owns and operates the airport.

    “My passion is capital and business development. I welcome the opportunity to join the Bi-State Development team and look forward to exploring new capital and business development opportunities that could bring new aviation related jobs and new partnerships to St. Louis Downtown Airport and St. Clair County,” Shore said.

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  • 10 Feb 2022 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DALLAS, TEXAS (January 25, 2022) -- TAC Air is moving Christina Lang to lead its St Louis fixed base operation (FBO) as General Manager (GM) at Spirit of St Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri after serving as GM at the Fort Smith, Arkansas FBO for the past two years. An eight-year veteran of TAC Air, Lang joins the team at TAC Air - SUS as a hands-on manager of the business utilizing experience from her time as GM at TAC Air - FSM. Lang, excited to take on her new role, expressed “Fort Smith was an amazing location to hone my General Manager skills. FSM does a bit of everything including airline support, military support services, general aviation ground services and air charter ground support. I know I will be able to take what I learned at FSM and apply it to SUS, one of the largest GA-only airports in the Midwest.”

    Lang relocated to Fort Smith from Dallas, where she served three years in a system-wide role for TAC Air as Manager of Administrative Services. Prior to that, Lang worked as Customer Service Manager (CSM) at TAC Air - RDU in Raleigh-Durham, NC and Customer Service Representative at TAC Air - PVU in Provo, UT. She charted her course in aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, where she studied Aeronautical Science. Lang completed her commercial pilot certificate and worked as a corporate pilot flying mining executives in Arizona and New Mexico.

    Christina Lang Press Release.pdf

  • 19 Jan 2022 12:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are saddened by the loss of Carol Becker. She was Monsanto's scheduler from 1996 until she retired in 2010. Per her request there are no services scheduled. Carol was loved by many and will be missed by all.

  • 23 Dec 2021 8:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A longtime flight instructor and avid supporter of general aviation is being remembered through a scholarship, keeping his name and legacy alive for future generations of aviation students.

    Ed Shafer (left) with Paul Guse (right) and Guse’s former aircraft co-owner, Cindy Heilig. Photo courtesy of Paul Guse.

    Ed Shafer (left) with Paul Guse (right) and Guse’s former aircraft co-owner, Cindy Heilig. Photo courtesy of Paul Guse.

    The Edward B. Shafer Future of Flight Scholarship Endowment Fund was established through a generous gift to the AOPA Foundation by member Paul Guse. The endowment will provide a $5,000 annual scholarship to be awarded to an individual pursuing a career in aviation, including aerospace engineering; flying professionally as an airline pilot, corporate pilot, etc.; flight instruction; aircraft maintenance; and airport management.

    Shafer was renowned in the St. Louis-area GA community, serving as a flight instructor for more than six decades. A U.S. Air Force veteran, his enduring commitment to aviation safety was recognized in 2019 with the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. As owner and operator of St. Louis Metro-East Airport/Shafer Field, he positively influenced hundreds of new and experienced aviators, generously sharing his knowledge and experience with kindness, patience, and humor.

    Shafer died in September 2020 at the age of 89.

    “Ed was a rock of aviation in the St. Louis region,” said Guse. “He was my dad’s CFI, I grew up around him and he helped foster my passion for flying. His legacy is more than worthy of this scholarship program.

    “Every hour I spent with Ed, whether in the cockpit or just sitting in the hangar, was an amazing hour. While he was passionate about safety, he knew flying had to be fun—he had an amazing gift to combine the two.”

    To be eligible for the scholarship, each applicant must be:

    • A current AOPA member at the time of application and award.
    • A U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
    • Currently enrolled at an accredited university or college and pursuing a career in aviation.

    Applications for the 2022 cycle will be accepted until February 11. Learn more about the AOPA Foundation Flight Training Scholarship program and how to apply.


  • 02 Sep 2021 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first compliance deadline to sign your operation up (2 or more aircraft) is September 8th — less than a week from today.  This includes Part 91 operators that operate two or more aircraft. 

    They define corporate operators that need to sign up as:

    From NBAA: 

    "Please note that under the PRD rule the following conditions must be satisfied to meet the definition of a `corporate flight department': 

    (i) the operator operates two or more aircraft

    (ii) the aircraft are standard airworthiness airplanes that require a type

    rating under 14 CFR part 61, § 61.31(a) and/or turbine-powered rotorcraft

    (iii) the aircraft is operated in furtherance of or incidental to a business; and 

    (iv) the operation is solely pursuant to the general operating and flight rules in 14 CFR part 91, or pursuant to a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) issued under 14 CFR part 125, § 125.3."


    New Pilot Records Database Resource Guide Now Available

    With the first compliance date for the FAA’s new Pilot Records Database (PRD) regulations quickly approaching on September 8th, NBAA has created the Pilot Records Database Resource Guide to help Association members understand and comply with the new PRD regulations.

    Access the NBAA members-only Pilot Records Database Resource Guide.

    In May, the FAA published the final rule establishing Part 111, Pilot Records Database including new mandates for certain aircraft operators with the intent to improve safety by improving the pilot hiring process. Operators required to submit and review information in the PRD include:


    Part 119 certificate holders


    Operators who perform operations under the fractional ownership rules


    Air tour operators holding a letter of authorization

    Entities required to report information to the PRD include operators listed above, plus:


    Entities conducting public aircraft operations


    Corporate flight departments (as defined in the PRD rule) and specific entities operating under Part 125


    A trustee appointed by a bankruptcy court for an operator or entity subject to the reporting requirements


    The first PRD compliance deadline is quickly approaching on Sept. 8th - now is the time to familiarize yourself with the new PRD regulations and NBAA is here to help!

    View the NBAA members-only PRD Resource Guide

  • 06 Jul 2021 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 18 Mar 2021 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By now most of you have heard that we lost our friend, mentor and First Shift Supervisor - Darryl Johnson. Darryl, in his almost 25 years at TACAir, came to work every day striving to do his best, leading by example, and motivating you whether you felt like you needed it or not. He lived his life to selflessly help others which he passionately did until his passing. His loss is a profound one, and the void he leaves will never be filled.

    Be glad you got to know so such a great soul. You will continue to experience the gift of his positivity each day if you choose to listen. You will not meet another like him.

    Godspeed, D-Man.

    Darryl Johnson
    Visitation (pass Through)
    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Mount Beulah Church
    7823 Racine Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63133

    Due to COVID restrictions the private funeral service will be live streamed. We will provide details when we receive them.

    Darryl, Jeanette and family thank all for the outpouring of love and support.

  • 11 Sep 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NBAA, AOPA Express Concerns Over FAA’s Pilot Records Database NPRM

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

    Washington, DC, Aug. 6, 2020 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson expressing their “serious concerns” with the agency’s proposed rulemaking regarding the Pilots Records Database (PRD).

    NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized their support for the PRD’s high-level intent to improve aviation safety by allowing commercial air carriers to access a pilot’s records and other pertinent FAA information prior to making a hiring decision.

    However, the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would also place “burdensome and costly requirements on general aviation, with little to no safety benefit,” the leaders wrote. “Our industry continuously demonstrates its commitment to proactive and performance-based safety innovations, but in our opinion, the proposed PRD requirements for general aviation will not improve safety.”

    Read the full letter to the FAA.

    A recent survey of NBAA members meeting the NPRM’s definition of a “corporate flight department” found those operators received less than one Pilot Record Improvement Act (PRIA) request every two and a half years. However, to comply with the proposal’s mandates would require many Part 91 non-commercial operators to invest in new systems and hire more staff to record their pilots’ flight information in the PRD after every flight.

    For example, NBAA calculated a small business aviation flight department would spend approximately $9,100 annually per aircraft in administrative costs to populate the database under the current NPRM, when that money could be better invested in technologies like performance-based safety innovations.

    “All of this would impose significant additional costs for many small general aviation businesses without providing useful insights for air carrier hiring decisions, as carriers already review a pilot’s logbook to verify currency prior to employment,” the letter read. 

    Bolen and Baker further noted the proposed rulemaking incorporates few of the many recommendations provided by GA stakeholders who participated in the PRD Aviation Rulemaking Committee to inform the agency’s rulemaking process. Their letter also pointed to the hundreds of AOPA and NBAA members who have detailed their concerns about the NPRM.

    “In reviewing the legislative intent behind the PRD and the feedback provided by the general aviation community, we believe our recommendations can improve the NPRM without compromising safety,” they wrote. “[W]e look forward to staying in communication with you and your team as we receive additional information on potential impacts to our members.”

    During an Aug. 4 NBAA Virtual Business Aviation Town Hall discussion, Dickson expressed his willingness to work with industry stakeholders to address concerns about the NPRM and its seeming overreach.

    “I certainly understand that it’s not a one size fits all here,” he said. “We have to take a look at the burden on different operators … I will certainly commit to you that we will take all [comments] into consideration as we work toward having a final rule out there.”

    # # #

    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

    Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.

  • 10 Sep 2020 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sabre One Rescue

    The Missouri Aviation Historical Society has established a project to rescue the very first Sabreliner ever built, which is currently sitting at the Perryville MO airport. This jet was truly the first successful business jet, as it predated the Learjet into service by one year. The Sabreliner also has huge ties to Missouri as North American Aviation who had originally developed the airplane to a USAF request for a utility/trainer jet designated the T-39 had no experience in marketing civilian aircraft and went to Remmert-Werner at Lambert and gave them full distribution rights. So they were built in LA and then flown to St. Louis for customer completion. In later years operations moved to Perryville, MO. Our goal is to bring Sabre One to SUS and place on static display behind the F-101 along the boulevard. I figured some of your members might like to assist with our fund raising goal of $25,000.00 which we are about 2/3 of the way complete. The attached photo shows 282-001 along with serial # 2 in front of the hangar at LAX in 1963. Sabre One is nearest the hangar, 002 was Pet Milk's airplane. Please see attached flyer and if you have any questions please contact me.

    Very Respectfully,

    Dan O'Hara
    President, Missouri Aviation Historical Society

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