Did you know that learning to fly opens up over 12,000 airports and landing strips in the United States for you to visit? Learning to fly lets you travel farther and faster and lets you have more FUN getting there. This opens up a whole new world for you, including:
• Adding spice to your weekends, day-trips and vacations
• Expanding your business opportunities
• Starting a career in aviation
Air Associates can help. We are a Cessna Pilot Center, a specially selected flight school that offers the highest level of top quality flight training, including:
• Private Pilot, Instrument and Commercial ratings
• Interactive, computer based instruction and testing
• Flight training in top of the line Cessna aircraft, including the 172 Skyhawk, the world’s most popular flight training aircraft
• Clean, quiet study areas and classrooms
• Basic ATD Simulator by ASA (expanded FAA allowable training capabilities over PC/ATD’s)
Additionally, as a Cessna Pilot Center, we are supported by Cessna, the world’s largest manufacturer of flight training aircraft. More people have trained in Cessna aircraft than any other. Most important, you’ll find out that flying is FUN, and rewarding. And, you’ll love the customer service and warm hospitable atmosphere at Air Associates. We love flying, and we want to pass that on to you.
In addition, Air Associates can provide you the full range of training and ratings, including:
Come in and talk to us about our flight school. Take a tour our pilot center, review a demonstration of the computer-based instruction and go up for a FIRST Flight, a demonstration flight where you actually fly the airplane and begin to experience the fun of flight!! Give us a call, and LET’S GET STARTED!!


Alpha Pilot Academy proudly boasts an experienced, educated professional staff of Flight Instructors. With a large number of instructors, finding one to fit both your learning style and schedule is easy.


Scott Thompson

Chief Flight Instructor CFI, CFII
Scott was captivated by the magic of flight at an early age. He received his private pilot license on his 17th birthday and earned advanced certificates and ratings in the ensuing years. He started flight instructing in 1998 and now instructs sport, private, instrument, commercial and flight instructor candidates. As a long-time entrepreneur, Scott loves inspiring and empowering people through business outreach and through passionately sharing the transforming power of flight with aspiring aviators. Email:

Bruno Stopka

Bruno R. Stopka is a dedicated Certificated Flight Instructor providing primary, instrument, commercial and multi-engine training. His ratings include CFII, MEI, IGI and AGI. Bruno is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri, and received his Electrical Engineering degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly Univ of Mo- Rolla). Bruno also earned his MBA degree from St. Louis University.

Patrick Russell

Director of Sales & Marketing
Patrick is currently attending Liberty University completing his Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics. He was introduced to aviation at a young age by his father and received his aviation training in St. Louis, MO in 2007. Patrick is a successful local entrepreneur and earned a Culinary Arts degree in 1995. When he’s not flying, he enjoys fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.

Blair Parks

Blair received his Bachelor's in Aviation Flight from Quincy University in 2005 and has been instructing since 2007. His love for aviation is trumped only by the love of his family, wife and two children. He is also an avid sports fan, outdoorsman and passionate about music. He believes that it is truly a blessing and an honor to be an aviator and he enjoys sharing this honor, passion and gift with future aviators and fellow enthusiasts.

Taylor Nageli

CFI, Stage Check Instructor
Taylor received his bachelor degree in Missionary Aviation Technology from Moody Aviation. Having grown up overseas in Brazil, he was able to see the great benefit that aviation can be to people living in remote locations. His desire is to one day return to Brazil as a bush pilot. His favorite free time activities include playing sports (especially soccer) and hanging out with friends.

Pat McKinney

A flight instructor for 24 years, Pat offers lessons to private, instrument, commercial and multi-engine students. He also works as a software engineering manager at the Boeing Company on the F/A-18 Super Hornet. During his time off, Pat enjoys biking and hiking with his two golden retrievers.


N128RM – 2001 Cessna 172SP

KLN 94 GPS (current)
Empty Weight: 1,677 pounds
Empty Moment: 66,096
Usable Gallons: 53
Useful Load: 873 pounds

N52265 – 2009 Cessna 172S G1000

G1000 with GFC 700 NAV III AutoPilot (current)
Empty Weight: 1,740 pounds
Empty Moment: 72,272
Usable Gallons: 53
Seats 4

N2013V – Beech Duchess (Twin-Engine)

Year Manufactured: 1978
Serial #ME-79
Aspen PFD
Garmin GPS 430W
AutoPilot w/GPS steer
Garmin Transponder
Max t/o weight 3,900.0
Max ramp weight: 3,916.0
A/C empty weight: 2,647.4
A/C C.G.: 112.33
Useful Load: 1,268.6

N5331K – 2003 Cessna 172SP

KLN 94 GPS (current)
Empty Weight: 1694 pounds
Empty Moment: 69,826.28
Usable Gallons: 53
Useful Load: 856 pounds

N476SP – 1998 Cessna 172R

Usable Gallons: 53
Seat 4

N895MC – 2005 Cessna 172SP (G1000)

G1000 (current)
Empty Weight: 1,740 pounds
Empty Moment:72,272
Usable Gallons: 53
Useful Load: 810 pounds

N726T – Sirius TL-3000

This nimble, fun and easy-to-fly aircraft resembles a smaller C-182 and is loaded with user-friendly technology like ADSB traffic.

Basic Dimensions:
Cockpit Width: 46 in.
Wingspan: 30.84 ft.
Length: 22.14 ft.
Height: 7.38ft.
Wheel Base: 7.12 ft.

Redbird MCX Simulator

The Redbird MCX serves up a level of realism unavailable in other training devices on the market. Valuable upgrades like Insight, Yoke CL and Cygnus, make AAMO’s MCX the only one like it in the world!

• Electric Motion Platform
• Fully enclosed cockpit
• +200° wrap-around visuals
• Ergonomically correct design
• User defined missions database
• Complete terrain and airport database
• Dual yoke and dual rudder
• Crew Resource Management (CRM) and two-pilot cockpit training
• Quick-change cockpit configurations (Single and Multi-engine, Traditional and glass cockpit)
• FAA Certified AATD

N727SP – 2000 Cessna 172S

KLN 94 GPS (current)
Analog with auto-pilot
Empty Weight: 1694 pounds
Empty Moment: 69,826.28
Usable Gallons: 53
Useful Load: 856

1981 Cessna 172RG - N6428V

Fly Smarter and Safer

With the Redbird FMX, our instructors can create real situational scenarios by manipulating the environment, causing aircraft malfunctions, further giving you the real experience prior to stepping into an aircraft. They will teach you how to handle unique scenarios so that you may fly more confident on your own.

• Cessna Audio Panel • RT-385A Nav/Com • RT-385A Nav/Com • RT-459A Transponder • KN-64 DME • R-546E ADF



PHONE: 636-536-1341


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