Greeting old and new friends, eating a good meal and the usual hangar flying preceded our well-attended May meeting. We then settled down to focus on the WINGS Safety Seminar presented by Rick Albrecht. Besides being a Gateway member, Rick is also the new president of the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association. His stories and slides about managing your fuel and time drove home some points I had not considered. In addition to visually verifying how much fuel is on board, one needs to be sure how to manage the fuel system in the specific aircraft. Some planes have seemingly unusual procedures for managing the fuel system, but the procedures do make sense for balance and plumbing reasons. Rick also mentioned a point that I really agree with. Belonging to a type club will provide far more information about your aircraft than the owner's manual ever can. Fuel management is very critical to our safe flying. Thank you, Rick, for helping us remain safe pilots.
Chapter WINGS chairman, Carl Schaffner, announced that Gateway had twenty-three WINGS recipients during the past year and six non-pilot applications towards the MoKan trophy. Although I don't have a count, several non pilots had the opportunity to submit WINGS applications at our meeting. These can count towards the current year's MoKan trophy race. The winning chapter in the WINGS competition and the winner of the MoKan trophy will be announced at the State Convention on June 23 -25.
Speaking of the convention: Gateway chapter has fourteen people attending as of now. Why don't you join us and tour the Pony Express Region? Applications are in the state newsletter and I also have a few left.
Two noteworthy announcements from the meeting. Jim Byrnes announced that the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association has donated $1000 to The Wings of Hope to be used for basic school supplies in South America. After hearing about the teachers writing in the dirt (no chalkboards or paper), they felt something had to be done. Also at the meeting, Tony Petruso told us about his solo in member Harry Pujji's helicopter at Creve Coeur Aviation. Since then, I learned that Tony has also passed his check ride! Congratulations, Tony!
There is also some good news to report at Smartt Field. Beginning on May 26, Kilroy's Restaurant opened. Their hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week! Phone 636-250-3303. They feature home style meals and a Sunday breakfast buffet. To keep these airport restaurants open, we need to show them our support. We have taken several non-flying friends to eat at the airport and they all thought it was a unique treat.
We were saddened to learn that long-time member Del Loveall passed away on May 27. He had been in failing health for many months. Donations can be made to the Harmony Foundation, 6315 3rd Ave., Kenosha, WI 53143. As many of you know, Del was also a member of a barber shop quartet. We will miss him and give our condolences to his family.
If you enjoy the sounds of those old round engines and the looks of classic biplanes, check out the annual WACO Fly-in at Creve Coeur Airport on June 15 through 18.
In spite of a foggy morning and an uncertain forecast for the Reelfoot Lake fly-out, eleven people in five airplanes braved the elements and made the trip. Those that flew were Brian Brinker, Tom and Louise Butler, Fred Femmer, Harold Booher, Don Moonen, "Spanky" Walser, Steve Pierce, Larry Moreland and Steve Galati.
The next chapter fly-out will be on Sunday, June 18, to Kentucky Dam State Park (M34). If you want to participate, please call Brian at 314-647-1138 to get the details. Brian can also tell you if there are any empty seats available for the non pilots. Some of our recent trips have had over twenty people and about ten or eleven planes participating. Come on and join the fun!
By the way Brian, I have been meaning to tell you that you didn't miscount during our Decatur fly-out last fall. Flight leader Brian told Decatur ground that seven of us were taxing out for a group takeoff. The tower came back and said "I count eight planes". Brian hesitantly acknowledged eight airplanes. Well, Brian, the eighth plane was actually a local pilot that slipped into the end of the group to join the fun! I was watching him as we taxied out. Everyone wants to join the fun!
Our June 14, gathering will be the annual family picnic at Smartt Field (SET) on a Wednesday evening. We will be set up on the west side of the field beside the restaurant. This will be a great time to bring your airplane and show it off! Bring your whole family and show them off also! Rick and Gen Albrecht will provide the musical entertainment again this year and we thank them very much. We will be set up by 5:00 p.m. and have the fried and baked chicken and the drinks available around 6:00. Bring a covered dish, lawn chairs and bug spray. The chapter will provide the rest. There is a cover charge of $2.00 per person and children under 12 are free. We want to thank Lyle Bjerkestrand, Dale Lehmann and the fine folks at St. Charles County Smartt Field for allowing us to use their facilities once again.
To join us at the June 14, picnic please make reservations with Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by Thursday, June 8. To assure that we have enough food, drink and supplies on hand, please call by June 8! Come and bring your flying machine, family and friends!
GATEWAY's FLYING CALENDAR
Be sure to mark your calendar!
Jun. 4 - MPA state board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
Jun. 5 - AOPA Safety Seminar at Florissant Valley Junior College. 7:00 - 9:00. GPS for VFR Pilots.
Jun. 14 - Gateway Chapter's annual Family Picnic at Smartt Field.
Arrive at 5:00: eat around 6:00.
Jun 15 - 18 Waco Fly-in at Creve Coeur Airport.
Jun. 18 - FLY-OUT to Kentucky Dam State Park.
Jun. 23 -25 - MPA State Convention in St. Joseph. Pancake breakfast Sunday at the airport open to everyone.
Jul. 12 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns. The speaker will be our own Franc Flotron.
Jul. 16 - FLY-Out to Sikeston, MO (Lamberts Restaurant).
Jul. 22 - Greater St. Louis Chapter Ninety-Nines Cross Country Air Race at Smartt Field.
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 / DRIVEOUT breakfast at???
Call Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138 for information. Dates and destinations subject to change. Bad weather alternate is the noon barbecue at Creve Coeur Airport.
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