I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season and is experiencing a grand New Year! Did everyone get those important gadgets to make us better pilots? Maybe next year Santa will bring a bigger plane to carry all that equipment in! For the second time in memory we had to cancel a Gateway meeting due to inclement weather. Unfortunately it was our Christmas Party this time. It was a hard call to make, but I wanted everyone to be notified as early as possible. While discussing the cancellation with the Treasurer, he made a sage comment. It is like the fly / no fly decision before a cross country flight. You make a decision based on the forecast and hope you are right. Unfortunately, I was right! We had 7 1/2 inches of snow and horrible rush hour traffic.
On the positive side, this weather might reduce the bug splatters on our planes next summer. There is some discussion about having the gift exchange at our February meeting on Valentine's day. We can decide at the January meeting so hold onto those wrapped gifts! I wish to thank Shirley Petring for making the nice table centerpieces that we didn't get to use. I think we can still use them at a future meeting. I also want to thank those of you who prepared all those wonderful desserts we didn't get to taste.
Despite the bad weather, eleven of us did assemble at Kilroy's for our Dec. 17 drive-out lunch. Those that made it were Jim Byrnes, Mary Craden, Don Moonen, Don's son, Don, "Spanky" Walser, Fred Femmer, Harold Booher, Larry Mooreland, Steve Palmer, Lana and me. The next chapter fly-out will probably be scheduled for March. Do give Brian (314-647-1138) some ideas on where you want to fly to this year.
Speaking of inclement weather, Tony and Rosemary Petruso have some good cold weather gear at Overlord Military Collectibles for winter flying and for working in the hangar. Even though Uncle Sam nearly froze me to death on occasion, he did provide some good cold weather clothing.
We are back in the name tag business. We have found a local engraver that will make one (or many) at a time using a laser process. The price is even lower: $4.00. The name tags look exactly like the ones we were getting. The hot die that was being used has been transferred to the Kansas City chapter and they also offer to supply them for us ( $5.50 plus shipping). I will have the ones that have been on order for some time at the meeting. See me if you would like a name tag to wear at our functions or around the airport since they really help the memory challenged among us and help advertise the Gateway Chapter.
A reminder as you clean out your basements and hangars, please consider donating unneeded items to the chapter for the next Silent Auction. Although no date has been established for the next one, we have an offer to store the items until then. The Silent Auction was a successful and fun-filled fund raiser for the chapter last year and we hope to repeat it when enough material has been gathered. Donations are tax deductible.
In the January issue of AOPA PILOT, they mention that current Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs), Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARS) and Departure Procedures (DPs) will be available on line soon. These compliment the airport facility information, airport diagrams and weather data already available to members on their website (www.aopa.org).
The St. Louis Flight Instructor's Safety Tip of the Month concerns the basic task of "fly the airplane first!" Don't allow passengers, radio calls or emergencies to draw you away from your task of flying the plane. When everything else goes wrong, FLY THE AIRPLANE. The best known examples of this include the door or window vent popping open in flight and a call from the tower or ATC at a crucial moment while maneuvering. Unfortunately many lives and planes have been lost due to a relatively minor distraction at the wrong time.Thanks to Rick Albrecht for this tip.
The annual Super Safety Seminar is again planned for Saturday, January 20, in Boeing's building 33 at the intersection of J.S. McDonnell and Lindbergh Blvds. The doors open at 7:30 AM and will feature John Turner, FAA Central Region Administrator, Denny Lawson, FAA Central Region, Brian Weiler, MoDot Director of Aviation, Paul Berge, editor of IFR Magazine and Richard Neher, FAA Charting Office. Coffee and doughnuts provided. Contact Rick Albrecht at 636-441-3230 for additional information.
MPA shirt for sale. We have a brand new long sleeve, Large, natural (tan), denim MPA shirt for sale at $35.00. Call Lana or myself at 314-731-0199.
The February meeting is tentatively planned as the Chinese Gift Exchange that we missed at the December meeting. The March meeting will be of interest to history aficionados. The speaker will discuss the mystery surrounding Amelia Earhart and offer a different explanation of her disappearance.
Gateway's January meeting will be of interest to aircraft owners. Steve Long from the STL FSDO will talk to us about aircraft owner's responsibilities regarding maintenance. We often trust the mechanics to keep us legal concerning AD compliance, but who is ultimately responsible? Guess who. Steve will also discuss what owners can legally do to help keep their maintenance costs down. He will discuss many more items of interest to owners and perspective owners. This is also a great opportunity to ask Steve questions regarding your aircraft and its maintenance so write them down and bring them along. This meeting will qualify as a Safety Seminar, so the non-pilots among us can submit a WINGS form and help win the MoKan trophy this year. Let's try to have a good showing on hand January 10! We can't let Kansas embarrass us twice.
For your dining pleasure, the January menu will consist of tossed salad, Italian bean soup, spaghetti with meat sauce, baked chicken, vegetable medley, rolls and spumoni.
Please join us at The Columns in St. Charles for our meeting on January 10, and bring a friend! The doors open and the buffet starts at 6:30 with the program at 7:30. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Jean Murry (314-469-3541) by Monday evening, Jan. 8. Safe flying!
GATEWAY's FLYING CALENDAR
Be sure to mark your calendar!
Jan. 8 - AOPA Air Safety Foundation Collision Avoidance Seminar at Flo Valley Jr. College, 7:00 - 9:00 PM.
Jan. 10 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30. The speaker will be Steve Long from the STL FSDO Program at 7:30.
Jan. 14 - State Board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
Jan. 20 - Super Safety Seminar at Boeing at the intersection of McDonnell and Lindbergh Blvds.
Feb. 11 - State Board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
Feb. 14 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30 for the Chinese Gift Exchange.
March ?? - Fly-out season resumes. Dates and locations to be announced.
Call Fly-out chairman Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138 for information. Dates and destinations subject to change. Bad weather alternate is the Sunday noon barbecue at Creve Coeur Airport.
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