April 2000

On a great summer-like evening, our faithful Gateway members arrived at The Columns to hear Bob Rockford tell us what led to the W.W.I Replica Fly-in at Creve Coeur airport. We learned that Bob is a very experienced naval aviator with W.W.II and Korean War experience, but that is material for another visit from him. Bob's early years in New York and an association with the late Cole Palen left him with an interest in airplanes from the "war to end all wars". Do to the lack of affordable powerplants for that type of aircraft, a movement began in the late 1970's to build and fly scaled down versions of the famous old planes using modern and more economical engines. Incidentally, Bob has completed five homebuilts as well as rebuilds of several "factory" airplanes. A natural result was that someone suggested a fly-in of the replica warbirds. While some of the past W.W.I Replica fly-ins have been hosted in other locations, St. Louis is centrally located and Bob felt that Creve Couer airport is a good choice for their flying needs.

Once again they are planning another W.W.I Replica Fly-in on the second weekend of October. By moving the event to the Fall they will gain the advantage of better, cooler weather and avoid competition with other summer activities in the area. Bob mentioned that their group is seeking sponsorship for the fly-in since transportation and lodging is a large expense for the owners who come from all parts of the country. As more information about this year's fly-in is made available, it will be passed along in this newsletter. Thank you, Bob, for a very interesting presentation and the video clips. We hope you will consider returning to tell us more of your experiences in the future and we look forward to seeing the Replica Fly-in this October.

Thanks to Larry and Betty McClure, we had another busy and fun evening! The Silent Auction went very smoothly and sure helped boost the treasury. The Gateway chapter owes a debt of gratitude to the contributors listed in last month's newsletter, to the wonderful supporters that bid on the items and to Larry and Betty for their hard work. Our secretary, Tom Butler, will be sending thank you letters to the contributors for their tax-deductible gifts to the chapter. Although too long to publish, a list of winning bidders will be available at the next meeting or you can contact Larry or me.

MPA shirt, windbreaker and hat sales have slowed; however orders can still be placed. We have hats on hand and shirts and jackets can be ordered when a minimum number of requests are received. For an order form look in your March or April MPA NEWS, pick one up at the meeting or contact me.

Our apologies to those of you waiting on your new MPA name tags. It seems that the previous vendor is no longer filling our orders and the Kansas City chapter, which owns the die, is looking for a new vendor. Walt Petring is monitoring the situation and will keep us informed.

This year's fly-out season is here! Our March 19th trip to Mt. Vernon, IL was canceled due to weather, so twenty-three of us assembled at the alternate - JB's Diner at Smartt Field. (Note: JB's is always the official alternate.) The food was great as usual and we had such a good time that we decided to reschedule the MVN trip for the following weekend. On March 26, twenty-four of us in nine or ten planes flew to MVN and received special treatment at the door. The owner personally greeted us and ushered us into a private room thus avoiding the long lines at the popular establishment. The buffet was excellent and only $6.00 apiece (including drink)! Member Harold Booher knows the owner personally, so that explained the special handling. Thanks Harold! Those that made the trip were: Brian Brinker, Bill & Linda McCullough, Tony & Rosemary Petruso, George & Lynn Garret, Bob and Sandy Moore and Sandy's sister, Barbara, Chuck & Lana Maggart, Bill Sill, Fred and Steve Femmer, "Spanky" Walser, Larry Moreland, Steve Pierce, Don Moonen, Harold Booher, Ron Diller, Patsy Raymond, and two non-members, Dennis and a friend whose names we didn't get (in the red, American Yankee). A side note: 100LL was $2.40 a gal. at MVN. We had such a good time that we only got back home about thirty minutes before the thunderstorms moved in. As our Tri-Pacer approached SET, the rain shafts were moving in from the west. Pictures of both gatherings will be available at the next meeting.

Why don't you join us for the April 16, trip to Marion, IL (MWA)? Call the fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker, at 314-647-1138 to fill a seat or to get the details and let him know you are joining us.

I am still soliciting information for the Media and Aviation awards for the MPA state convention in June. We are looking for MPA members who have contributed to the advancement of general aviation from July 1999 through the present. Documentation is needed, but anecdotes would be helpful also. Please include the person's name, address and phone number if known so that we can contact him or her.

We are also looking for input on radio, television, newspapers or magazine stories that have helped general aviation, within Missouri, from June 1999 through the present. Please provide all the information you can as to the identity of the media including who to contact, if possible. A copy of the article(s) or a summary of the radio or t.v. reports, and date, would be very helpful.

The information is needed as soon as possible, but no later than May 21, 2000. Please write or contact me; Chuck Maggart, 827 Lamplight Ln., Hazelwood, MO 63042, phone 314-731-0199 or e-mail <cmaggart@sprintmail.com>. Thank you.

The proposed slate of Gateway officers and board members was read by Walt Petring in behalf of the nominating committee. So far the ballot in April will feature the current officers with board candidates Steve Pierce, Kevin Cullinan and Don Kramme. No nominations were made from the floor; however there is still time at the April meeting prior to the election. Walt mentioned that there were more volunteers than positions to fill. That is a enviable situation to have and, to me, indicates interest and the willingness of our great group of people to participate. Thank you very much! It makes the job more fun for everyone.

We are looking for volunteers for our June picnic so please call me (314-731-0199) if you are interested in helping. We need two folks to help Harry Schulz load, unload and set up the tents and tables; two to coordinate the food the chapter provides; two people to coordinate the drinks provided by the chapter and one or two people to arrange for games and entertainment. We will require early reservations so we know how much food to buy, so please mark June 14, on your calendar now and give Jean Murry (314-469-3541) a call! It's never too early to make reservations. Gen and Rick Albrecht have generously agreed to provide the musical entertainment for the evening. Thank you!

If you like adventures in the air as well as sun, sand and surf, come to our April meeting and listen to Dave Harvey who will tell us about and show slides of "The Great Southern Air Race". Please join us at The Columns in April when the menu will be vegetable relish tray w/ranch dip, cream of mushroom soup, pork medallions w/ gravy, baked chicken, buttered noodles, green beans almondine, rolls and lemon or orange sherbet.

Please phone your reservations to Jean Murry, 314-469-3541, by Monday evening, April 10. Come and bring a guest!

Chuck Maggart, president Gateway chapter

314-731-0199 or cmaggart@sprintmail.com

GATEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS

and FLY-OUT schedule

Apr. 9 - MPA state board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.

Apr. 12 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30. The speaker, Dave Harvey, ; will show slides of the Great Southern Air Race. We will also elect the new ; officers and three board members.

Apr. 16 - FLY-OUT to Marion, IL (MWA). Call Brian Brinker (314-647-1138) to fill a seat or ; for details.

May 7 - MPA state board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.

May 10 - Gateway Chapter meets. The program will be a safety seminar given by Rick ; Albrecht. The new officers and board members will also be installed.

May 21 - FLY-OUT to Reelfoot Lake.

Jun. 14 - Gateway Chapter's annual PICNIC. Details forthcoming.

Jun. 18 - FLY-OUT to Kentucky Dam State Park.

Jun. 23 -25 - MPA State Convention in St. Joseph.

Jul. 12 - Gateway Chapter meets. The speaker will be our own Franc Flotron.

Jul. 16 - FLY-Out to Sikeston, MO (Lamberts Restaurant).

Aug. 20 - FLY-OUT to either Bloomington or Decatur, IL.

Sep. 4 - Labor Day FLY-OUT to Mt. Pleasant, IA for the Old Thrashers Convention.

Oct. 27 - 29 - FLY-OUT to USAF Museum in Dayton, OH. (3 days, 2 nights)

Nov. 19 - FLY-OUT to Mattoon, IL.

Dec. 17 - FLY-OUT / DRIVE-OUT breakfast to JB's Diner at Smartt Field.

Remember: if the enroute weather is bad, we go to Alton. If the local weather is bad, we meet at JB's Diner at Smartt Field. Dates and destinations are subject to change, so coordinate with our fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138.

 Chuck Maggart
Gateway President
(314) 731-0199

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