The St. Louis Downtown Airport is an enterprise of Bi-State Development (BSD)—a dynamic and multi-faceted resource for economic development in the St. Louis region. With expertise in planning and implementation, Bi-State Development provides real solutions to regional challenges with efficiency and accountability. With more than six decades of experience building jobs and initiating economic development, BSD continues to transform the St. Louis region for the better.
Erick Dahl, Airport Director
Since he was very young, Erick Dahl always looked to the sky for inspiration. From attending the annual Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to attending college at the University of North Dakota, majoring in Airport Management, Erick brings his interest in aviation, airports, and technology to the St. Louis Downtown Airport every day.
Working together with the rest of the airport staff, Erick Dahl leads a St. Louis Downtown Airport team whose list of accomplishments spans its 70+ year history.
Mike Mavrogeorge, Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director
Chief Mavrogeorge has served as both a volunteer and career firefighter, as well as a law enforcement officer over the course of his 20+ year career. Among Mike’s many accomplishments are achievement of Illinois Chief Fire Officer IV certification and the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO).
Chief Mavrogeorge serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’, among several other committees. He has served as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director of KCPS since 2008.
(Left to right) Firefighter Terry Bowman, Chief Mike Mavrogeorge, Captain James Hinchey, Firefighter Bob Toenjes, and Firefighter Chad Trost
The St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department provides fire suppression, first response emergency medical care, emergency management coordination, airfield operations services, and a very active public life safety education program. The department lives by the motto “Your Safety is OUR Mission.” Our department provides FAA ARFF Index “B” capability with its 2009 Rosenbauer Panther 6X6 ARFF Vehicle that contains 3,000 gallons of water, 400 gallons of foam, 500 pounds of dry chemical, and 460 pounds of Halotron I. The vehicle is 39 feet long and weighs 80,000 pounds.
Our firefighters train year round in required FAA subject areas and many of our personnel attend advanced training courses around the state and the nation. All full-time fire department personnel are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians, Airport Firefighters, Illinois Advanced Technician Firefighters, and Hazardous Materials Technicians. All officers are certified to a minimum of Illinois Fire Officer II.Email
(Left to right) Gary Streeter, Bobby Tonejes, Dan Trost, Chad Trost, Val Juenger, and Ken Buettner
The maintenance department of the St. Louis Downtown Airport provides oversight on construction projects, engineering consultation on prospective capital improvement projects, and preventive and unscheduled maintenance on a variety of equipment and structures. The maintenance department also conducts snow removal operations across the entire airport when needed.
The KCPS maintenance team has the equipment and manpower to maintain full airport operations during most inclement weather scenarios and the training to ensure continued compliance with 14 CFR Part 139.Email