The South Central Chapter really deserves a big "Well Done!" for their excellent MPA State Convention in West Plains! Congratulations to our new Officers and Board members and thank you to the out-going Officers and Board. The float trip on the North Fork River was really fun and the dinner at Bill and Mary Marx's ranch and airport was a feast of buffalo, wild turkey, venison and ham plus every side dish imaginable. The bluegrass musicians and the square dancers really filled out the evening. MPA won the MoKan Trophy again this year due to the many of you that participated in the FAA's WINGS Safety Programs. Gateway came in second in convention attendance (based on percentage of members attending) and sixth in WINGS participation.
Andy Graves from the St. Louis Flight Service did a fine job at Gateway's May meeting. Andy told us about the services available through FSS and some of the fine points of using them. He particularly stressed using their automated weather briefing when possible and if you are a student getting practice briefings. When calling for an abbreviated briefing, Andy told us to state what weather info, if any, we had prior to the call and to tell the briefer what specific information you want. We hope this information will be a help to FSS users.
Gateway's annual elections were held at the May meeting. The results are: Pres. - Chuck Maggart, VP - Brian Brinker, Treas. - Tony Petruso, Sec. - Jean Murry, Board Members - Rosemary Petruso, Bob Kraemer and Bill Darnell. A complete list of Officers, Board and volunteers is included with this newsletter. You can hold on to it for quick reference during the year.
I want to thank out-going VP, Walter Gummerschiemer, and Board member, Don Moonen for their help and service last year (and many past years).
This month's Safety Tip comes to us from the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association again and concerns traffic patterns. You should consult an airport directory before flying to another airport for the proper traffic patterns, altitudes and frequencies for the airport(s) of intended use. It is a regulation, not a suggestion. They also recommend consulting the AIM for safe procedures at non towered airports. Considering that most midair collisions occur near airports, this is sound advice.
"The third time's a charm!" That is what fly-out chairman Brian Brinker was thinking on Sunday, May 19, as eight planes and seventeen Gateway members and guests merrily bounced along to Decatur for our fly-out. Making the trip were Brian, his student Ken and his wife Brenda, George Garrett, Buren Smith, Steve and Curt Pierce, Ken and Pat Green, Bill Scheve, Steve Galati, Don Moonen, Chuck and Lana Maggart, Harold Booher, Dr. Bill and Bette Sill. Joining us at the restaurant were Bette's mother, Louise Armentrout and sister, Sue Burkham who live in Decatur. The restaurant was a very popular place that day with two other large parties going on, so we made the most of the one hour wait by catching up with each other's stories and resting in a very nice lounge. We found out that Bill and Bette are the new grandparents of Emma Louise Spraul born a few days before the fly-out. Congratulations!
The next fly-out will be June 16, to Gaston's Resort. Be sure to check with Brian on this one due to the interesting approach and departure required.
Well, the annual floods were exciting once again! Creve Coeur Airport had water over one road leading to it while Smartt Field had water right up to the North perimeter road. The waters are receding now, however everyone is still on guard. Spring flooding should not affect Gateway's June 12, Annual Family Picnic at Smartt Field! Fried and grilled chicken and drinks will be provided with the members bringing covered dishes. Rick and Gen Albrecht are providing live music during the evening. Since the event is at an airport, we hope a few of you will fly in if the weather cooperates. We welcome all MPA members and their guests. This is a rain or shine picnic since we can move indoors if necessary. There will be a $5 per person charge (small children eat free) to help offset expenses. We hope to see a large turnout of members and guests for great music and food, hangar flying and to visit with our friends again. I look forward to seeing everyone at the picnic starting around 6:00 PM ! Remember to BYOCABS (bring your own chairs and bug spray). If you did not sign up for the picnic at the May meeting, please let Jean Murry hear from you at 314-469-3541 by Monday evening, June 10. We need to know how much food, drink. plates, etc. to have on hand.
Lana and I thank the Gateway chapter for their contibution to the MPA Educational Endowment Fund in memory of Lana's mother, Lily Stalnaker (5/10). That was a special way to honor her. Thank you for your kindness.
Chuck Maggart, President
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