With the beautiful Fall colors beginning to appear, most of us are thinking of ways to go out and enjoy the color this time of year. This is a nice time to fly over or drive through the countyside. What better way to see the Fall colors from above than in a powered parachute? Our September speaker, Roy Beisswenger, told us about flying along at 26 mph and around 400 feet in a very stable machine called the powered parachute. Since they operate under the same rules as ultra- lights (FAR part 103), many people in the metro area are keeping him busy supplying them with the machines. For a half day's training (about $250) and the price of your machine ($8,000 and up), you can be on your way. Roy has several of our members interested. Tom Butler, for one, is looking for potential partners (his article is below). Roy also gave us an idea where they operate from and where to look for them when we are flying. We want to thank Roy and his partner, Merle, for an informative presentation!
Fly-outs - Despite the intense heat, Brian Brinker reported that three planes and ten members participated in the fly-out to Mt. Pleasant, IA, for the Old Thrasher's Convention. Was that why his Cardinal had hay all over it? The next fly-out is the Oct. 27 - 29 trip to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB. Call Brian (314-647-1138) for details or to inquire about an empty seat.
Although the Highland Airport's Soaring Open House was not a chapter activity, I did notice many Gateway members over there. The clear blue sky seemed to sprout abundent thermals and the sailplane activity was brisk. The food was great also! Steve Long from the FSDO also presented a Safety Seminar in the morning. I regret that I had to leave before getting a sailplane ride, but I will be back.
Members - Jim Byrnes was signing copies of his new book that was just released the evening before the meeting! Jim Byrnes, Flight Instructor is now available and tells the story of a young boy growing up in New Orleans, later served in WWII and going on to become the National Flight Instructor of the Year and had an airway intersection named after him. His stories will also be of interest to some of the senior aviation buffs since he talks about some local airports that are gone now and some of the well known local aviators that are no longer flying. Call Jim at 636-928-5794 if you would like an autographed copy and, I bet, he will have some at the October meeting. The book costs $20 for the paper back and $25 for the hard back.
We wish Donna Brinker and Don Moonen speedy recoveries. I just heard that Joe and Debbie Malkowski are the pround new owners of a Cherokee 140; congratulations! Linda and Bill McCullough still have their Rans S10 homebuilt for sale.
Although we did not gain any new members last month, we have several whose memberships are expiring. Even though you should receive a renewal notice, please check the renewal dates on your membership cards. If in doubt, call me.
Chapter Activity - The three-day WWI Replica Fly-in will be held October 7, 8 and 9, at Creve Coeur Airport. The last one held here also featured antique cars and a few people in period costumes. If you are looking for a way to enjoy the Fall weather, go on out! The Gateway Chapter will have an information booth there to pass out information about the MPA and Gateway Chapter to the aviation community. A big "thank you" to those that volunteered their time to work in the booth and I could still use someone to cover the 2 - 4 time slot on Sunday (hint, hint).
Our chapter sectretary, Tom Butler has submitted an article with an intriguing offer. "As you know, our last meeting featured powered parachutes. These can be purchased for a modest sum of money. If anyone is interested in forming a group to purchase a powered parachute, please contact Tom Butler, 314-838-8135 or firstname.lastname@example.org If you would like to know more about powered parachutes, check out www.easyflight.com for the web site of our speaker. All the information you need to find their location, arrange a ride in one, information about the events planned for October 7 & 8 at the Greenville, Illinois Airport, prices and descriptions of various models, can be found at this site. Tom is interested in forming a group of 6 to 12 individuals to share in the purchase of a powered parachute at a cost between $1000 and $2000 per share."
Remember, this is your newsletter and all members are invited to submit articles of interest before the last week of the month.
Next meeting - Our October 11 meeting will feature attorney Charles Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a WWII pilot in the Eighth Air Force who was shot down and successfully escaped from a German prison camp. You have to hear the story! He has lived a part of history that many of us have only read about. Please join us at The Columns in St. Charles and bring a few friends! The menu will include: tossed salad, corn chowder, pork medallions, baked cod in tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti side, broccoli spears, rolls and apple pie. The doors open at 6:30 pm, the buffet line opens about 6:45 and the program starts at 8:00.
Reservations - Jean will be out of town again, so please call me (Chuck) at 314-731-0199 with your dinner reservations by Monday evening, Oct. 9.
GATEWAY's FLYING CALENDAR
Be sure to mark your calendar!
Oct. 7-9 - W.W.I Replica Fly-in at Creve Coeur Airport.
Oct. 7 - Open House at Cuba, Mo. Airport.
Oct. 8 - State Board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
Oct. 10 - WINGS Safety Seminar, "Weather Wise", Lindbergh High School, 7 - 9 pm.
Oct. 11 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30. The speaker is Charles Shaw, a former Eighth Air Force Pilot.
Oct. 26 - WINGS Safety Seminar, "Operations At Non-towered Airports and Land Survival - Are You Prepared?", Creve Coeur Airport, 7 - 9 pm.
Oct. 27-29 - Gateway chapter Fly-out to Dayton for the U.S.A.F. Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB (3 days, 2 nights)
Nov. 8 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:30.
Nov. 12 - State Board meeting in Columbia at 1:00. All members welcome.
Nov. 19 - Gateway chapter Fly-out to Mattoon, IL (home of the Elephant Ear)
Dec. 17 - Gateway chapter Fly-out / drive-out breakfast at KILROY'S on Smartt Field.
Call Brian Brinker at 314-647-1138 for information. Dates and destinations subject to change. Bad weather alternate is the noon barbecue at Creve Coeur Airport.
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