lunch2When was the last time you were invited out to lunch by an entire Approach Control facility over the radio? It probably hasn’t happened in a while if at all. Well the other day, the Leading Edge Flying Club got just that!

Ground Effect Advisor’s Louis Bowers turned what would normally be a simple and quick flight review into a 6 airplane fly out! Louis thought it would be awesome to take his flight review over the top and extend the learning and entertainment opportunity to the entire Leading Edge Flying Club. Putting Mr. Bowers’ thought into action, six flying club airplanes fired up on the morning of 4/13/13 and flew VFR into St. Louis Lambert International (STL). Don’t think it went unnoticed when a caravan of weekend warriors showed up asking for Class B clearance into one of the largest airports in the Midwest.

St. Louis Approach really thought something was up when a Piper Archer, Piper Dakota, Cessna 172, Cirrus SR20 and two Cirrus SR22’s all landed at once. Approach control asked one of the airplanes if something was going on at STL – Lambert International that day.
The pilot responded “Yeah! We are going to lunch!”

Jealousy presented itself quickly at the STL Tracon Center when they responded “Next time you come, fly into Spirit of St. Louis, and we’ll join you!”

lunchHow about that!? What was going to be a simple VFR Flight Review turned into a standing invitation and injection of fun for lunch between controllers and pilots! This is the true demonstration of what a flying club can do. As the club flies by, they turn heads. The level of fun is infectious and people want to join in.

Think about the learning opportunity for the pilots in the airplanes too! Flying VFR into a Class B airport isn’t something weekend warriors regularly do. It’s a pretty incredible learning opportunity and confidence booster. This one goes down in the books!

The real question is, who is going to have the honor of buying lunch next time? The pilots, or controllers of St. Louis Approach? A flip of a coin will have to decide that battle!