The 47th Annual MPA Convention at Lee's Summit is history now and it was an excellent gathering! There was so much to do and so little time to do it in. The Kansas City Chapter really deserves a round of applause for their hard work and for making the convention run so smoothly. They did a first class job. Representative Denny Merideth from the 162nd district (Bootheel) was an impressive speaker. I see why the Airport Protection Plan (HB436) passed the House with his guidance. (Too bad it ran out of time in the Senate.) Besides being a private pilot, he was also an F-15 pilot in the Air Force. He is an excellent spokesman for aviation in Missouri.
Although fourteen members from Gateway attended the convention, we didn't get the attendance award this year. Gateway also placed fifth in the annual MPA WINGS competition. Good news - Missouri won the MoKan trophy this year! Our state's pilot association had the highest percentage of pilots getting their WINGS and non-pilots attending seminars; which was no small feat considering we have many more members than the Kansas Pilots Association.
Gateway's monthly meeting was right on the heels of the convention, and our speaker nearly followed us home from Lee's Summit. Mike Ramirez is the president of the Ozarks Chapter (Branson) and a state MPA director. Before his retirement, Mike was an undercover agent for the FBI. His talk was spellbinding. His work took real courage when you consider the element he was faced with everyday for many years. Due to his background, education and patriotism, he was the perfect individual for undercover work. He dealt with both foreign and domestic criminals. I won't go into detail for his sake, but we and our country owe Mike and his co-workers a great deal of gratitude for their efforts. There was no hazardous duty pay. Thank you Mike for telling us your story and for bringing your lovely wife, Sandy, with you. You have earned your retirement!
May was also the month for Gateway's election of officers and three new directors. The results are as follows: President - Chuck Maggart, Vice President - Tom Butler, Treasurer - Tony Petruso, Secretary - Jean Murry. Three of the ten directors were elected as follows: Doug Geldbach, Larry McClure, Dr. Bill Sill. Congratulations to the new officials and a large "thank you" to the out-going officials that have worked hard to make this a great chapter to be a member of! There is a list of current Gateway officials and volunteers for 2001 - 2002 later in this newsletter.
Carl Schaffner and I flew to the Kingdom Pilots chapter's pancake breakfast at Fulton on May 12. At the time, twenty-eight airplanes had flown in for the meal of pancakes and sausage. There was skydiving, Young Eagles flights and static displays. The fire department had a radio controlled fire truck with Sparky the dog driving. It was a fun and busy place. Ed Duckworth of the KC FSDO and his wife were there also. Fulton has a very nice airport with more hangars under construction. I appreciate Carl flying right seat with me.
From some of our members that volunteered at Spirit of St. Louis Airport for Youth Aviation Day, May 12, I understand it was a busy place! The south runway was dedicated solely to flying Young Eagles and some of their parents. Considering that SUS is the second busiest airport in the state, they were really moving some airplanes on that Saturday. EAA Chapter 32 reports that twenty-one pilots flew 214 Young Eagles in bumpy but nice weather.
Fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker had two planes and eight members for the Mother's Day fly-out to Reelfoot Lake on May 13. They had excellent weather and by using different altitudes had tailwinds both ways. It doesn't get better than that. The next chapter fly-out will be on Father's Day, June 17, to Kentucky Dam State Park. Be sure to call Brian (314-647-1138) to coordinate
The Saint Louis Flight Instructor's tip of the month relates to weight and balance. When is the last time you calculated a weight and balance for your own plane? If you rent, it is even more important to check things out before you "kick the tires and light the fires". Have you considered the weight for the airport conditions? How long will your take off run be if you are flying from sod or if it is a hot day? What will your climb performance be like? Remember that most four-place airplanes really are not four place when loaded with fuel, passengers or baggage. For aircraft with fuselage fuel tanks, what will your CG be when you reach your destination? A few minutes with the weight and balance form can save you much grief.
Gateway's annual Co-Pilot Of The Year Award was presented at the meeting to Louise Butler for her work at the reception table for the past several years. It is her responsibility to get the meal count correct and to insure the proper amount is turned into the treasury each month. Our sincere appreciation, Louise, for a job well done!
Help wanted! A very important job is helping our membership grow. If you would consider being our membership chairperson, please contact me. The job consists of contacting new members and helping them become familiar with our group and occasionally assisting and introducing guests and speakers to members at our meetings. Another duty would be reminding members who have let their memberships lapse.
More help wanted - The St. Louis Aviation Museum is asking for volunteers to man their food both at the St. Louis County Fair and Air Show in September. Call Jean Murry at 314 469- 3541 or Bob Boelling at 314-832-0349.
One of the fun events is coming! June 13, is Gateway's ANNUAL PICNIC to be held at Smartt Field, St. Charles County Airport (SET) - rain or shine. Fly-in or drive in! If there is rain (shudder!), we will have some hangars available at the northwest corner of the field. A pleasant drive on Highway 94, North, will take you to Grafton Ferry Road five miles beyond Hwy. B, and about one-quarter mile beyond the Orchard Farm High School (turn left on the first public road after passing the school). Grafton Ferry Road takes you to Smartt Field and to Kilroy's Restaurant (about 3/4 mile). We will set up behind the restaurant and open by 5:00 PM. Food will be available around or before 6:00 PM.
We really appreciate Rick and Gen Albrecht donating their musical talents again this year! If you like E-Z listening and favorites, they are your choice! (You can also carry on a conversation!) We thank them for their time because they are booked solid. The Gateway Chapter will provide the chicken (fried and roasted), drinks, plates, cups, etc. Please bring a covered dish if you can. Also bring your lawn chairs and mosquito repellent! Lori of Kilroy's Restaurant will provide the chicken and drinks so there should be no delay waiting for the food to be delivered! Lori's plan is to cook slightly ahead of demand so it should stay fresh and warm. We ask a two dollar ($2) donation from each person (13 and older) to help offset the cost to the chapter. A donation box will be at the entrance.
Phone your reservations to Jean (314-469-3541) one week before or by June 5th!! We have to know how much food to order. If you must reserve late, call me at (314-731-0199). Please join us for the music, fun, fellowship and food at Smartt Field on June 13!
GATEWAY CHAPTER of the MISSOURI PILOTS ASSOCIATION
OFFICERS (2001- 2002)
|Vice President||Tom Butler||314-838-8135|
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Harry Schulz||314-838-3536||Past President|
|Don Moonen||314-275-7826||Expires in May 2002|
|Jean Murry||314-469-3541||Expires in May 2002|
|Rosemary Petruso||314-423-6644||Expires in May 2002|
|Kevin Cullinan||636-926-0039||Expires in May 2003|
|Don Krammer||636-537-2815||Expires in May 2003|
|Steven Pierce||314-423-6853||Expires in May 2003|
|Doug Geldbach||314-291-7657||Expires in May 2004|
|Larry McClure||314-869-4260||Expires in May 2004|
|Dr. Bill Sill||636-947-0081||Expires in May 2004|
Greeter & Meal Money Coord:
|Tom & Louise Butler||314-838-8135|
Chapter Wings Program:
Gateway Chapter's calendar of events
June 05 Reservations required for June 13 picnic. Call Jean at 314-469-3541.
June 10 State Board Meeting in Columbia. Dutch treat lunch at noon and meet at 1:00. All MPA members are invited.
June 13 Gateway Chapter's annual picnic at Smartt Field (SET). Reservations needed by June 5.
June 17 Gateway fly-out to Kentucky Dam State Park. - Father's Day
July 08 State Board Meeting in Columbia. Dutch treat lunch at noon and meet at 1:00. All MPA members are invited.
July 11 Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30 PM.
July 15 Gateway fly-out to Sikeston - Lamberts Cafe.
Aug. 8 Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30 PM.
Aug. 19 Gateway fly-out to Decatur, IL.
Aug. 25 Zenith Aircraft's Open House in Mexico, Mo.
Sep. 1 - 3 St. Louis County Fair and Airshow.
Contact Brian Brinker (314-647-1138) at least one day before trip to coordinate or to check on available seats. Times and places subject to change. 3000 feet and 5 miles minimums. Normal arrival time for lunch is 12:30 PM. Bad weather alternate is the noon Sunday barbecue at Creve Coeur Airport.
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