May 2002

Seth and Pat Caperton from the Ozarks chapter were our guests at the April meeting. Seth told us about one day in his life as a pilot with the Eighth Air Force and about one of his bombing missions. He brought several pictures, a book about the First Division and other mementos to share with our members. Seth not only flew during WW II, but remained with the Air Force to instruct and fly in some of it's legendary aircraft such as the T-6, B-25, B-47 and B-52 bombers that stood guard during the cold war of the 40's, 50' and 60's. Seth is a person you could listen to all day and not run out of interesting stories. Thank you for coming, Seth and Pat !

Rick Albrecht, representing the nominating committee, also consisting of Harold Booher, Walt Petring and Bill Scheve, presented a slate of proposed officers and three Board members at the April meeting. Nominations were also solicited from the floor and will be again at the May meeting before to the election. A big "thank you" to the nominating Committee and nominees for helping to make this a great chapter to belong to!

We are two for two! Gateway's second fly-out of the season, to Casey, Ill., was also a rain out. We did have several members and a guest show up at our alternate, Kilroys, for lunch and hangar flying. Being a persistent bunch, let's try again. The May 19, fly-out will be to Decatur, IL (DEC). Please contact fly-out chairman Brian Brinker (314-647-1138) for details and coordination. I really would like to see more participation in the fly-outs this year, so please look at our Calendar of Events and see if you can squeeze some of the trips into your plans.

Be sure to mark Wednesday evening, June 12, in your calendar for Gateway's Annual Picnic at Smartt Field! Rick and Gen Albrecht will provide live music and Kilroy's will provide fried and baked chicken and drinks. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite covered dish. We will try to coordinate the covered dishes at the May meeting. Members from all chapters are invited to fly or drive to Smartt Field staring around six o'clock. An admission fee of $5 for grown ups (small children eat for free) will help cover the cost of the chicken and drinks. BYOCABS: bring your own chairs and bug spray. If it dares to rain, we will move inside. This is a rain or shine event!

The May 8, meeting will feature Andy Graves from the St. Louis Flight Service Station. Mr. Graves will discuss what is available and how to use FSS facilities while airborne enroute. He will also be available to answer any questions about FSS services from the members. This presentation is intended to inform pilots of how to contact whom; what information is available on what frequencies and how to get responses in your aircraft while enroute.

Please join us at The Columns in St. Charles. The dinner menu will consist of: fresh fruit tray, vegetable soup, roast beef au jus, baked chicken, baked potato, buttered peas, rolls, and an Oreo dream bar. Dinner is still $13 per person. The doors open at 6:00 PM, the serving line starts at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:30. As usual, dinner reservations are required and can be easily made by calling Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by Monday evening, May 6, or better yet, call now - before you put this newsletter down. Please come and bring your friends for the food, fellowship, hangar flying and to learn about the services available through the Flight Service Stations.

Gateway Chapter's calendar of events now on it's own page.
Click on the above link.

Chuck Maggart
Gateway President
(314) 731-0199

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