Bill Macon, Ideal Aviation’s Managing Partner, has a background in manufacturing, but he comes from a family with a long history of aviation in St. Louis. Bill began his flight training when he acquired Ideal Aviation in 2011, and he has since earned his private, instrument, and multi-engine ratings. He uses Ideal's planes for business and for personal trips … it’s been a fantastic opportunity to combine work with pleasure!
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In the 1930s and ‘40s Macon’s family owned Von Hoffmann Aircraft Corporation and Von Hoffmann Flying School. Major Albert Lambert (for whom Lambert International Airport is named) was president of the company in its early days. Macon’s mother obtained her pilot’s license in 1943, just past her 18th birthday.
She reveled flying her Stinson during her days at Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri, often taking friends on weekend outings to St. Louis and beyond.
Macon’s father (Bill Macon, Sr.) was also a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. “Big Bill” is pictured here after completing his flight training at Cimmaron Army Airfield in Oklahoma in 1943. Macon, Sr. went on to teach radio communications at Scott Field during war, just down the road from where Ideal Aviation is now.
Today, Ideal Aviation is a full-service aircraft rental, flight training, fractional aircraft ownership, aircraft maintenance & avionics facility that has been serving both present and future pilots at St. Louis Downtown Airport (KCPS). Their facilities span over 3 hangars with 8 available aircraft.