June 2005

The next chapter meeting will be our annual picnic either in or on the lawn by Kilroy’s Restaurant at Smartt Field (SET) on Wednesday, June 8 at about 5:50 pm.  Bring your lawn chairs, toys, and either a covered dish, dessert, or munchies.  Lori will provide chicken (grilled chicken breasts or fried breasts and legs) and unlimited soft drinks.  The cost is $6 per adult, children 12 or under are free.  So bring yourselves, your parents, your kids or grandkids or your neighbors.  Rick and Gen Albrecht will provide musical entertainment.  To assure an ample supply of chicken, please call Libby Yunger (314-725-0428) by Sunday evening, June 5, with the following information:  1) the number of people in your party, and 2) how many prefer fried chicken and how many prefer grilled chicken breast.  The picnic provides a wonderful opportunity for our members and friends to hangar fly and get to know each other better, so plan to attend.

Thirty-one members and guests were present at the May meeting.  Attorney Erik Kientzy discussed pilot liability in a court of law and reviewed several cases alleging pilot negligence that were tried recently in several states.  There are four elements of negligence in common law:  1) the pilot has a duty of care to his passengers, 2) there must be a breach of this duty, 3) something the pilot did or did not do must be the proximate cause of the incident, and 4) some damage must have occurred (personal injury or property).  The cases discussed involved “invitee” passengers, normally friends or associates of the pilot, who did not pay for passage (other than sharing expenses) and who received no other material benefit from the flight.  The bottom line is that there is no rhyme or reason to the jury verdicts.  However, if there is any way the pilot’s lawyer can show that the passenger interfered with the operation of the aircraft, the pilot or his estate is less likely to be held negligent.  Also any joking about the pilot’s competence, the aircraft, or conditions of flight can be construed as evidence of willful and wanton behavior should an accident occur.

At the May meeting the following officers for 2005-2006 were elected by acclamation:  President:  Bob Kraemer, Vice President:  Donna Crandell, Secretary:  Jean Murry, Treasurer:  Libby Yunger, Directors (3-year term):  Bill Darnell, Bill McCullough, and Tony Petrusso.

We were happy to welcome several members whom we had not seen in a while:  Dave Flavan, Steve Palmer, Bob Pratt, and Roger Moore.  We also welcomed guests Jerry Mundy and Bob Schmidt.  Congratulations to the following members who obtained new ratings:  Ken Green, instrument rating, and Joe Malkowsky, commercial rating.  Bob Kraemer invited everyone out to St. Charles Airport (3SQ) to see his newly refurbished Stearman in its authentic U.S. Navy plumage.

Ten members and guests in five aircraft made the trip to Casey IL on Sunday, May 15, where we stuffed ourselves at the buffet at Richard’s Farm Restaurant.  An important caveat regarding photos of that trip:  any photos that may appear on any web site associating this newsletter editor with a very large ice cream sundae have been digitally altered.  The next chapter fly-out is scheduled for Sunday, June 12 to Gastons (3M0).  This will be a really convenient stop on the return flight from the State Convention at Neosho on June 11!  Remember that Gastons has a one-way grass strip – regardless of the winds, land on rwy 24 and depart on rwy 6.

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  Don’t be clueless to your surroundings when you fly, like some C-152 pilots we have all heard about recently. When you receive your weather briefing, check for TFRs.  Know their exact location and the period of time during which they will be active.  Get current sectional charts and study the restricted areas in the vicinity of your flight path.  Another handy device is a hand-held VFR GPS receiver with mapping capability, such as the Garmin 295.  If you keep the database up to date, these receivers will beep to warn you when you are approaching any restricted airspace that has been charted.  Careful navigation using all the information available to us will keep those F-16s off our wing and our pilot’s licenses in our wallets.

Joe Dobronski’s autobiography, A Sky Full of Challenges, is now available at sever Borders Book Stores in the St. Louis area in the local author section.  The book can still be order directly from Joe. The price is $25 cash and carry, or add $2.50 for shipping and handling.  Contact J.F. Dobronski,

1008 Cla-Ter-Ri Dr., Ballwin, MO 63011, or www.omnishops.com/TestPilot.

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428

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