November Gateway meeting: Wednesday, November 12 at the Columns in St. Charles. Bob Linenweber will tell us “everything he has learned in three years with the FAA”. We invite all members and their guests to join us! Dinner will be tossed salad, vegetable soup, turkey and dressing, broiled scrod with lemon sauce, sweet potatoes, butter zucchini and winter squash mix, rolls and margarine, and cheesecake pumpkin pie for dessert. Dinner is still just $13 per person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting and program at 7:30 pm. Please get your dinner reservations in to Jean Murry (314-469-3541) by Monday evening, November 10. Bring a friend!
KSDK meteorologist John Fuller was our guest at the October Gateway Chapter meeting. After he demonstrated several weather measuring instruments and showed a video on tornados and other severe weather (lesson of the night: if caught outdoors in a tornado, always take shelter in a ditch, not beneath an overpass), we had a lively question and answer session focusing on the generation and prediction of weather patterns. As a grand finale, Mr. Fuller demonstrated the formation of a tornado in a model system composed of two interconnected 2-liter soda bottles. Anyone interested in becoming a weather spotter can take a training course sponsored by the National Weather Service in Weldon Springs. Contact Jim Kramper for details.
The President’s Corner. If we had to miss a meeting, it couldn’t have been for a prettier excuse. We just returned from viewing New England’s historic towns, beautiful and colorful scenes and fall foliage. Before returning home to Missouri’s beautiful colors, we made a side trip to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome near Rhinebeck, New York. If you enjoy antique airplanes, that is the place to go. Not only do they have many pre WWI and WWI planes on display, they actually fly them! Some more modern planes (1920’s and 1930’s) also help with the airshow. The two hour airshow finale was a novice/drunk pilot routine flown in a PA11. The pilot finished with a dead stick landing down wind and down hill to a precise spot on the field to retrieve his lost hat. I am impressed! After restarting the engine, his plane bowed to the crowd several times. The period costumes and antique vehicles really added to the feeling. It was a beautiful fall day, a grass strip and old airplanes flying constantly. Can you blame me for missing one meeting?
At the October meeting the chapter voted to donate $100 to the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter to help finance the 2004 MPA state convention. We all know how expensive it is to run a convention, and I’m certain the Lake of the Ozark folks will greatly appreciate our help.
There have been several near-miss incidents in the past few months at St. Charles County (Smartt) airport (SET) because pilots appear to be unaware that 122.7 is the new CTAF frequency. Linda McCullough will e-mail Tracey Smith, the airport manager, requesting that the new CTAF frequency be more prominently displayed. This leads logically to the safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA: Complacency is a killer! Remember that it is the responsibility of the pilot-in-command to obtain all information pertinent to the safety of every flight. This includes not only checking notams with Flight Service but also reviewing a current Airport/Facility Directory (A/FD) for runway, communications, and navigation information at planned take-off, landing, and alternate airports.
The next chapter fly-out to Mattoon IL is scheduled for Sunday, November 9. Nobody got back to me about the October fly-out to the Air Force Museum in Dayton, so perhaps we’ll get a report on that at the November meeting.
Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Gateway MPA annual Christmas meeting/PARTY on Wednesday, December 10. We’re planning a Christmas carol sing-along followed by another rousing game of rob thy neighbor - and all you need to do is bring a $10 gift to participate.
100th Anniversary of Flight T-shirts: We are still selling 100th Anniversary of Flight T-shirts. The shirts feature the Wright flyer and are quite unique. They come in navy or beige, sizes M, L, XL, and XXL. Price per T-shirt is $15 ($16 for XXL) if you pick them up in person or add $3 s&h per shirt to have them mailed to you. To place an order contact Jean Murry at 314-469-3541.
Meet Debbie & Joe Malkowski. They were the Silent Auction Winners for a ride in a Stearman: