September Gateway meeting: Wednesday, September 10 at the Columns in St Charles. Former McDonnell-Douglas chief test pilot Joe Dobronski will talk about the ferry flight he made in a Stemme motorized glider from Meadville PA to Bozeman MT.
We invite all members and their guests to join us! Dinner will be tossed salad, beef barley soup, BBQ beef brisket, baked cod, O’Brien potatoes, peas and carrots, rolls, margarine, and chocolate cake 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, September 8.
At the August meeting, aerobatics instructors John Teipen and Jim Hines discussed basic aerobatics maneuvers and strategies for surviving unexpected upsets and unusual attitudes while flying. Since there is no substitute for actually experiencing extreme attitudes and inverted flight in a controlled environment, they highly recommended that pilots receive 3-5 hours of upset training. Jim Hines trains in a Decathlon (constant speed prop) at St. Charles Municipal airport (3SQ), 636-946-6066. John Teipen trains in a Citabria at Spirit airport (SUS). His contact information is 314-863-5941 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Tony Petruso, who was honored at our August meeting for eight years of service to the chapter as Treasurer, and to Harry Schultz who was honored as Co-pilot of the Decade for his many contributions to both the Gateway Chapter and to the state MPA organization. Thank you!
Congratulations to Katie McClure of Springfield MO and Brandyn Doerle of Florissant MO, who are the first Jim Byrnes Memorial First Flight recipients. Katie will take her flight at Pro-Flight Air in Springfield, while Brandyn will fly in a glider at the St. Louis Soaring Association in Highland IL. Blue skies and tail winds, Katie and Brandyn!
Our fly-out to Quincy IL (UIN) on August 10 was cancelled because we had obtained information that the restaurant was closed. However, one member who did not get word of the cancellation, went to Quincy and reported that the restaurant was, in fact, open. Therefore, the fly-out was rescheduled for August 17, and eight members in four vintage Cessnas made the trip. The restaurant has a well-stocked soup and salad bar, a good selection of salads and burgers for lunch, and reasonable prices.
The President’s Corner: The MPA Air Tour and Derby that was announced at our last meeting is scheduled for September 27. The poker run will be from Jeff City to Mexico to Hannibal to Kirksville to Marshall. Included will be flour drop and spot landing contests. From Smartt Field the total distance is 415 nm. We only have two people signed up at this time, but there is still plenty of time. Please give me a call (314-731-0199) if you are interested. There is a $20 fee for each participant with the proceeds going to the MPA Educational Endowment Fund.
The Open House at Mexico was on a beautiful Saturday and I saw two other Gateway members, Bob Boelling and Al Lowe, there. Inside Zenith’s clean and organized facility there were some partially assembled aircraft to view as well as privately owned completed planes and a demonstrator that was busy all day. About eight L-17/Ryan Navions also stopped in on their way to a gathering in Hannibal. The local EAA chapter was selling food and drinks. It was a fun way to spend the day as blistering heat wasn’t nearly as bad and the sky was CAVU until returning the St. Louis dome of haze. Note, Mexico’s identifier has changed from H41 to MYJ due to their new AWOS.
On Monday, August 25, Lana and I attended the Centennial of Flight celebration in Jeff City. Governor Bob Holden presented a state flag to Les Featherston (MPA SW Mo.) to fly to Kitty Hawk as part of EAA’s Fifty Flags to Kitty Hawk celebration. Many MPA and EAA members were in attendance despite the heat. The MoDOT hangar was full of celebrants and dignitaries including Chris Blum of the FAA Central Region and a District Manager of the USPS who unveiled the new First Flight Stamp. State Representative and Boeing test pilot Jack Jackson also gave a demonstration in the AV8 Harrier and many static displays were there including Nick Heinz with a Zenith Zodiac 601XL.
Call a friend reminder: to help bolster attendance at our chapter meetings, please remember to call one friend and invite them to join us at the next gathering!
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht,
president, GSLFIA: Currency is not proficiency.
We do not subscribe to the popularly held belief that a pilot will never again be as proficient as he is
on the day of his check ride. To attain and maintain proficiency,
each year, every pilot should attend at least one safety seminar and do a three-hour Wings program with his favorite
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.
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