Amelia Rose Earhart in St. Louis to talk about the future of aviation

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - It's a name known around the aviation world. Amelia Rose Earhart is in the St. Louis area to talk about the future of aviation and her famous namesake.

She shares a name with a pioneering pilot and her flight plan too.

"You're know there's all the different theories but what I wanted to do was pick up where Amelia left off, as her namesake, and take that flight and complete it for her, symbolically complete her flight plan," says Amelia Rose Earhart.

If you ask Amelia Rose Earhart about Amelia Mary Earhart she'll be the first to tell you they're not related by blood. But, the spirit of adventure does course through her veins.

"This was about following someone's adventure and getting young women interested in aviation again," says Earhart.

Last Summer, Earhart started planning the trip of a lifetime.

"I spread out a big piece of paper on the kitchen counter and said, 'How can I do this?  How can I pull this off?'" says Earhart.  "I had a list of the costs and potential aircraft and potential route and really who would even care about this story."

So, she began the process of raising more than $2 million and the extensive training for an around the world adventure.

"Weather-wise we had to start as early in the morning as possible to avoid all the afternoon convection, so thunderstorms popping up over the equator," says Earhart.  "So the flight lasted 18 days and we had 16 separate stops through 14 countries.  It was 108.6 flight hours and we traveled 28-thousand miles around the equator and crossed the equator six separate times."

"Amelia is a very inspirational person," says Keith Mueller, President of the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructor Association.  "I think she's exactly what we need in aviation today to go ahead and carry that interest forward to young ladies."

This new first lady of flight is trying to use her experience to offer scholarships and encouragement to young ladies all over.

"Amelia said, 'Adventure is worthwhile in itself,'" says Earhart.  "And it truly is.  There really was no point to flying around the world other than seeing how big and beautiful it is and showing people that adventure is still possible."