Gateway Chapter was honored to have Lowell Grissom and his wife, Bobbette, visit with us last month. An excellent speaker, Lowell talked about his brother, Virgil "Gus" Grissom and his role in the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. Lowell also showed parts of a video tape he participated in with the Discovery Channel featuring his brother, Gus. It was a poignant reminder of America's role in the space race and it was very memorable to those of us who worked in the space program at McDonnell in the 60's. Thank you, Lowell and Bobbette, and please come back anytime.
With the departure of the Butlers, we have a void to fill in our ranks. We need a vice president to fill Tom's slot until May 2002. Please think about it and let me or one of the board of directors know that you are interested. Gateway Chapter is full of great people to work with and the job requires very little time.
When you read the September MPA NEWS you may have noticed the state membership was 1,474 fine people (down slightly from recent months). Gateway ranked third in total numbers with 190 members (about an all time high). I mention all of this because of situations like we are having now with the restrictions on general aviation where numbers can make a difference. Because of the number of people and the amount of money at stake nationally, the government is paying some attention to general aviation and has relaxed some restrictions on our privileges to fly. Your participation in MPA also strengthens our position with the state government. This year several aviation related bills will be introduced. One you are familiar with from the last two tries is the Airport Protection Act. When your membership renewal form comes in the mail, please fill it out, include your spouse's name (same low price) and return it promptly. Multi year memberships are also accepted. Some people have not joined because they think one must be a pilot to be a member. Not true! Non pilots are associate members and have the same privileges as regular members except they can not be on the state's board of directors or vote for them. Some people say they won't join/renew because they don't have the time to attend the meetings or they work during our meeting time. While we would love to have you at the dinners, meetings and fly-outs, that's still not the whole reason for belonging to MPA. Numbers count when working with the legislature and Congress. Since we have members from all walks of life, this is also a great way to "network", meet people and help each other. Please join today or renew your membership when it is time.
As this is being written, the present restrictions on VFR flying place the chapter's flyout to Meigs Field on September 22 - 23, in jeopardy as well as several other events in the area. We all hope the current ban is lifted soon since 41,000 aircraft are affected by the restriction to VFR flying within the enhanced class B airspace. As AOPA's Phil Boyer said, if the security council would tell us what the perceived threat by general aviation is, we could suggest procedures to address the threats. Hopefully things will improve by the time you read this. The MPA State Air Derby is scheduled to be flown as planned on September 22, since the route is away from class B airspace. Hopefully we will know who the winners are (were) by the next meeting.
Several of Gateway's members are also members of the Short Wing Piper Club including Greg Kuklinski, the current President of the Eastern Missouri Chapter. We had a fly-in at Greensfield, M71, on Sunday, September 16. Due to the ban on VFR flying, it actually was a "drive-in", but there was a good turnout for pork steaks prepared by Bob and Joyce Carrow. Several others brought covered dishes. We met many of the pilots and their families based there and checked out their planes and listened to their stories. It really was a great way to spend the beautiful Fall afternoon. Rich and Marge Green, owners of the 3000 foot grass strip, lent Lana and I their golf cart to explore the twelve acre site which includes a nice tree lined pond. Rich is currently building a 12,500 sq. ft. metal building on the airport next to Meyer Road off Highway U. He is looking for a tenant or tenants. It could be used for a large hangar for about sixteen aircraft. Access would not require moving any other plane to get one out. The building could also be used for non aviation purposes and Rich said he would finish building it to suit the tenant. If anyone is looking for space in Lincoln County, call Rich at 314-946-6279. There are fourteen planes and a group of very friendly people currently based at Greensfield..
The Safety Tip Of The Month from Rick Albrecht of the St. Louis Flight Instructor's Association concerns a real winter threat - carbon monoxide poisoning.. Be sure to have your muffler and heat system checked for cracks. That is a recurring AD for some aircraft. A carbon monoxide detector in the cockpit is good insurance also. Some stick-on detectors are available for as little as four dollars with several electronic versions from sixty to three hundred dollars. With the heating season starting now, play it safe with the silent killer.
Earlier I talked about membership in MPA. One of our members and a past president of Gateway, Harry Schulz, is a good example. Harry, who owns Business Bookkeepers, has donated his copier, paper and his time for the past seven or eight years to print this newsletter. On one occasion when Harry was out of town and his copier was not available, I found out he is saving the chapter over fifty dollars a month by his generosity. I want to thank Harry and his wife, Joeann, for their tremendous support of Gateway Chapter over the years.
Gateway's meeting on October 10, will feature Tony and Rosemary Petruso with a video slide show about their trip to Anchorage Alaska and to the Arctic Circle in their Piper Tri-Pacer. They have selected the best from hundreds of pictures of the flights, scenery, activities and people in their eighty-five hour flight to and from the Short Wing Piper Club convention this past June. Those that know Tony also know that he will have many interesting stories to tell about the people and adventures along the way. By the way, if you are not familiar with a Piper Tri-Pacer, Tony's four place plane was built in the early 1950's, is constructed with steel tubing and synthetic fabric covering, has a 135 HP Lycoming engine and flies around 100 to 115 mph indicated.
Also at the October meeting, we need to discuss the Christmas party, so be thinking about what we would like to do at the December gathering.
Please join us October 10, at The Columns in Saint Charles! The Columns is located beside the south service road for I-70 about a quarter mile west of Fifth Street. The doors open at 6:00 PM, the serving line begins at 6:30 and the program starts at 7:30. The menu for the meeting will be Caesar salad, corn chowder, pork medallions, baked cod in tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti side, broccoli spears, rolls and apple jack cake. Although you do not have to dine with us to enjoy the program, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE MEAL. Call Jean at 314-469-3541 by Monday evening, October 8. Please come and bring your friends!
Gateway Chapter's calendar of events
Sep. 22 - 23 - MPA State Air Derby. Starts in Grand Glaze.
Sep. 22 - 23 - Gateway Flyout to Meigs Field. Arrive at noon. (Revised) - Tentative
Sep. 29 - 30 - WWI Replica Fly in and auto concourse at Creve Coeur. Will be a static display if the restrictions are not lifted.
Oct. 10 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:00 PM. Speakers will be Tony and Rosemary Petruso showing us the trip they made in their Tri-Pacer to Anchorage and the Arctic Circle.
Oct. 14 - State Board meeting at the Columbia Airport at 1:00 PM. All members welcome. Bring your own lunch.
Oct. 25 - 27 Gateway fly-out to Dayton, OH and the Air Force Museum. - Tentative
Nov. 4 - Gateway fly-out to Jefferson City, MO - Tentative
Nov. 11 - State Board meeting at the Columbia Airport at 1:00 PM. All members welcome. Bring your own lunch.
Nov. 14 - Gateway Chapter meets at The Columns at 6:00 PM. Speaker is Hubert Looney of the Mo. Highway Patrol.
Dec. 6 - AOPA Air Safety Found. - Topic is Spatial Disorientation. Flo Valley Community College 7-9PM Note: Date & topic changed
Dec. 9 - State Board meeting at the Columbia Airport at 1:00 PM. All members welcome. Bring your own lunch.
Dec. 12 - Gateway Chapter's Christmas Party at The Columns at 6:00 PM.
Dec. 16 - Gateway fly-out / drive-out to Kilroy's Restaurant at Smartt Field.
Contact Brian Brinker (314-647-1138) at least one day before fly-outs to coordinate or to check on available seats. Times and places subject to change. 3000 feet and 5 miles minimums. Normal arrival time for lunch is 12:00 noon. Bad weather alternate is the noon Sunday barbecue at Creve Coeur Airport.
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