Our traveling members, Tom and Louise Butler stopped in to renew old friendships at our September
11, meeting. They brought a very interesting presentation about unusual attitude recovery from a course Tom took
while traveling in Texas. The video showing spins in a Beech T-34 were really exciting to watch. Tom passed along
some useful information also to those who might be caught in an upset. As Tom said however; it really is a good
idea to get dual instruction from a qualified instructor to train the reflexes you will be required to use to recover
from an upset. The Butlers will be in town for a few more weeks and plan to attend our October meeting before
Louise Butler, a retired educator, recently authored a book entitled Beating The Bell Curve. Her book is an excellent educational tool for parents (and grandparents) because it helps you to recognize, judge and influence the decisions that will affect a child's academic success. Louise will have a few copies at the October 9, meeting.
The chapter's September fly-out to Sikeston was weathered out again. Despite the hot and dry summer, all but one fly-out (Decatur) has been rained out. There were a few who also flew to Gastons, but there were weather problems for them also. Fly-out chairman, Brian Brinker, has an unofficial fly-out nearly every weekend so give him a call to fly along. Gateway's next official fly-out is a three day affair at the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB. The trip is October 25 - 27 and will use Morrain airport (I73). Call Brian at 314-647-1138 for details and to see if any empty seats are available.
Since the 2003 MPA State Convention is less than nine months away, we have been deciding on some fund raising activities. Our January meeting will feature a Silent Auction which worked quite well and was much fun when we did it a few years ago. We are grateful to Flo Wyatt for volunteering to chair the Silent Auction. If you have any items you could contribute (may be non-aviation), please contact Flo Wyatt at 314-839-9788 (home), 878-8453 (work) or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are tax deductible. Please don't wait until the last minute because she has to catalog the items, prepare a bid sheet and we need to know how much space to provide at The Columns. Your generosity will help make the 2003 Convention much better for all and showcase the Gateway Chapter.
Some members of the chapter are presently selling TJ's Pizzas and we are looking into having a Trivia Night open to the public. As you can see, Gateway is staying busy preparing for the Convention.
If you are helping by selling TJ's Pizzas, the pizzas will be delivered to The Columns at the October 9, meeting and the money must be turned into Gateway's Treasurer, Tony Petruso by close of business on Wednesday, October 16, 2002. Tony's day phone is 314-423-6644, Tuesday thru Saturday. His address is: Overloards Military Collectables, 3008 Woodson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63114. Checks must be made out to Gateway MPA. If you can not attend the meeting, please have someone pick up the pizzas for you. Flo suggests bringing a cooler to store the pizzas in. Thank you for helping to support the convention!
Gateway's Name The Theme Contest winner is Greg Kuklinski! Congratulations! Greg's winning theme is "Kittyhawk to St. Louis - 100 Years of Flight". He won two free dinners at chapter meetings. Now we can begin planning and decorating around the central theme.
The next convention planning meeting is Thursday, October 3, in Bob Kraemer's hangar at 3SQ at 7 PM. We will start discussing the convention content and agenda. It should be great weather for an open hangar meeting, so please plan to attend if you are an officer, board member or interested party. There will not be any reminder phone calls for the meeting, so please mark it on your calendar and bring chairs.
Recently I had the pleasure to meet the new airport manager at St. Charles County Smartt Field, Tracy R. Smith. Tracy is very friendly and anxious to help the airport improve. He should be at Gateway's October meeting and maybe we can get him to say a few words about the newest plans for development. Mr. Smith is a native of southern Iowa, a retired Navy pilot and he recently operated five airports in Rhode Island so he is not new to the business. He invites everyone to stop in and meet him. Welcome aboard!
Lana and I recently flew our Tri-Pacer to Tulsa on family business and I highly recommend Riverside (Jones) Airport and Christiansen Aviation. We couldn't have received better service and handling if we came in a bizjet. The new airport and restaurant in Bolivar, Mo. (M17) is also a very friendly and nice stop also.
The Short Wing Piper Club members had a recent gathering and BBQ at Rich and Marge Green's Lincoln County airport, Greensfield (M71). Many SWPC members and their president are also Gateway members as well as the Greens. Rich is building a new hangar there and may still have a couple of openings if you are interested in a nice grass strip west of here. The BBQ pork steaks and covered dishes were delicious and the weather was hot, but luckily there is a nice air-conditioned pilots lounge there.
The South Central Chapter is offering MPA patches to sew on your hats or clothing. They cost $5.00 each unless we get an order for 50 or more. Let me know if you want any and I can pick them up in Columbia. Cash in advance would help!
We look forward to our guests for the October 9, meeting at The Columns in St. Charles - Jim and Carolyn Morris from the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter. Jim is a former Naval aviator who flew for Ozark Airlines and later TWA. Jim and Carolyn have owned several aircraft over the years and currently fly a Beechcraft Travel Air. Jim has hundreds of stories about his days with Ozark and will share a few with us.
Please join us at The Columns in St. Charles. The dinner menu will consist of: Caesar salad, corn chowder, pork medallions, baked cod in tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti side, broccoli spears, rolls and apple jack cake. Dinner is still $13 per person. Social time begins at 6:00 PM, the serving line opens at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:30. Dinner reservations are required and can be easily made by calling Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by Monday evening, October 7, or better yet, call now - before you put this newsletter down. Please come and bring your friends for the food, fellowship and hangar flying.
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