It may have been an early Spring evening at The Columns in St. Charles, but for awhile it seemed like we could smell the warm breezes and salt air as Dave Harvey showed us slides of The Great Southern Air Race. The pictures of the islands, the beaches and the participants really made you want to be there. On the other hand, the pictures from the cockpit of nothing but water in all directions really made you glad you were not there! It was interesting to learn of all the downed aircraft sprinkled throughout the Caribbean area. While Dave and his partner did have emergency survival equipment aboard, he was pleased to know that the engine ran as well over water as it does over land. He also mentioned that the "automatic rough" phenomena does kick in over the ocean, but would smooth out over land. Strange! He also showed a picture of the one that didn't get away. Dave and his partner managed to catch a 200+ pound marlin on a deep sea fishing trip during a layover. Since their Cherokee 180 was flying near gross weight they decided to cut him loose, but not until they took a picture of the magnificent fish along side the boat. Dave apparently accomplished his goals of staying dry , having fun, and finishing the race. Thank you Dave for a very interesting and informative evening!
Another interesting meeting to report on was the recent MPA state board meeting in Columbia on April 9. Since the restaurant was closed, we started by grilling buffalo burgers donated by South Central member and state director Bill Marx. You can read the minutes in the MPA NEWS, but that was the way to start a meeting! COU's manager, Bill Boston, told us that their restaurant will re-open seven days a week starting on May 1.
Speaking of restaurants, we were all saddened to learn about the closing of JB's Diner at Smartt Field. Jerry and Judy really made the diner a friendly place to meet and the food was definitely the best. We wish them well. The new bad weather alternate, for chapter fly-outs, will be the noon barbecue at Creve Coeur airport. We were also informed of the closing of the restaurant at Alton's Regional airport. I hope choosing them for alternates didn't cause that!
Spring "showers" won out over our April 16, fly-out to Marion, IL. Those things will happen; however we will try again on May 21 when we plan to fly to Reelfoot Lake (0M2). Be sure to consult the airport directory on this one since they have noise abatement and wilderness conditions east of the airport. For those without wings, call Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138 to see if there are any empty seats to fill. For those with wings, call him to coordinate and let him know you are joining us. Some of us will also be going to Columbia on May 7, for the monthly board meeting at 1:00 p.m. The meeting is open to all members and we will gather around noon to check out the new restaurant on the field.
If you are looking for a place to go on Saturday, May 6, the new Kingdom City MPA chapter is having a pancake breakfast at Fulton's Hensely Memorial airport (HTT) (east of Columbia) from 7:00 untill 11:00. That would be a neighborly thing to do.
The planning is starting for our annual picnic at the June 14, meeting. We still need a few more volunteers to help with the chapter-supplied food and drinks. Members Rick and Gen Albrecht have generously donated their time and rich talent to provide the music. Tom Butler and Kevin Culllinan have volunteered to help Harry with the tents and tables. Please contact me (314-731-0199) if you can help out and call Jean Murry (314-469-3541) to make reservations. We will need reservations earlier than usual so that we know how much food to buy, so call now!
Planes for sale. Joe Dobronski announced at the meeting that Wings Of Hope has a Meyers Little Toot and a Kitfox for sale at their hangar at SUS. You can call 636-537-1302 to get more information about the homebuilts. Linda and Bill McCullough have their Rans S10 for sale at Creve Coeur. You can call them at 636-240-3804.
The Gateway chapter held its annual election for officers and three board members at the April meeting. Along with the list of officials for 2000 - 2001, I am also listing the others who make our meetings and activities run so smoothly:
Directors with terms expiring in May 2003:
Steve Pierce, Kevin Cullinan and Don Kramme
Directors with terms expiring in May 2002:
Jean Murry, Don Moonen and Rosemary Petruso
Directors with terms expiring in May 2001:
Carl Schaffner, Doug Geldbach and Bob Moore
Greeter & Meal Money Coord. -
Tom & Louise Butler
Fly-out Chairman -
Chapter Wings Program -
Newsletter printing -
MPA nametags -
50-50 Drawing & Photographer -
It does take a lot of time and work to conduct the activities of the chapter, but thanks to the great help
from these and other members, it is fun and normally runs smoothly!
Long-time member Doug Allen sent an e-mail recently and mentioned he was going to begin flying charter operations for Thunder Aviation, at SUS, after receiving training on Cessna Caravans in Wichita. Hopefully that will allow him and Dawn time to join us for some of our future meetings. Congratulations, Doug! Secretary, Tom Butler, had a short article published in the May issue of FLYING magazine. Look on page 55 for his suggestion for making the best out of a bad situation. Mr. Jim Byrnes is back in the air again after recovering from his leg injury. I have witnessed him wearing out several students lately and his students seem to be calling out "Byrns Intersection" on the CTAF a lot. It is good to have him flying again. It looks like Treasurer Tony Petruso is pondering helicopter lessons after receiving a ride in one as a present from his wife, Rosemary. "To fly is heavenly: to hover is devine."
Please come and join us at The Columns in St. Charles for our next gathering. For those working on their WINGS for the new year, Rick Albrecht will present a Safety Seminar directed at an item that is responsible for a large percentage of aircraft accidents these days: Fuel Management. Ricks' presentation qualifies as one of the requirements towards the Pilot Proficiency Award Program (WINGS). Your spouse can also attend and qualify to help us win the MoKan trophy, so be sure to bring them and to get the FAA form for him or her after the presentation.
You may have noticed that the procedure at The Columns has changed somewhat. After checking in at the reception table, you are free to go to the soup and salad table to serve yourself. The buffet line will open at 7:00, as usual, after our opening ceremony. There was some confusion over that last month.
To join us at The Columns on May 10, please call Jean Murry by Monday evening, May 8, at 314-469-3541 for reservations. The doors open at 6:30, dinner at 7:00 and program at 8:00. The menu will consist of: fresh fruit tray, vegetable soup, sliced roast beef au jus, baked chicken, baked potato, buttered peas, buttered rolls and lemon sheet cake. Come and bring a friend!
GATEWAY CALENDAR OF EVENTS
and FLY-OUT schedule
May 7 - MPA state board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
May 10 - Gateway Chapter meets. The program will be a safety seminar given by Rick Albrecht. The new officers and board members will also be installed.
May 21 - FLY-OUT to Reelfoot Lake.
Jun. 14 - Gateway Chapter's annual family PICNIC. Details forthcoming.
Jun. 18 - FLY-OUT to Kentucky Dam State Park.
Jun. 23 -25 - MPA State Convention in St. Joseph.
Jul. 12 - Gateway Chapter meets. The speaker will be our own Franc Flotron.
Jul. 16 - FLY-Out to Sikeston, MO (Lamberts Restaurant).
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)
Remember: If the weather is bad, we meet at Al's barbecue at Creve Coeur. Dates and destinations are subject to change, so coordinate with our fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138.
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