The Flyer

April 2004

President: Earlene McClure, Vice-President: Penrod Turk,
Secretary: Pam Ratliff, Treasurer: Marty Young

Directors: Sarah McKinley, Ed Baucom, Alan Monshausen,
Joe Boyles, John Halpin and Past Presidents
Editor: Penrod Turk

March 24, 2004 --- When I walked into the DAV for our March meeting, I thought I was going back into a time warp on a Monday wash day! There was a clothesline full of T-shirts, but I saw no briefs. As I got closer, I noticed they all had some writing on them, something about Margueritaville and other places, but all having to do with seaplanes. When my eyes left the line, I saw a table of various items such as photo albums, aviation magazines, etc. It was then I realized that our speaker was to be one of our own, Jay Lautzenheiser, speaking of his favorite subject, landing and flying off water. Jay got his private license in 1966 in Indiana from an instructor now 81, and still teaching. He followed with his instrument and commercial tickets. He got his sea rating in 1977 and his CFI in 2002. Jay got right into his talk, stressing the wearing of a life preserver, but cautioning us against popping it open in the aircraft. He discussed the importance of recurrency training and mentioned the tasks to be performed as a part of that training. In answer to a question, he described several techniques of landing, stating that 18" waves can be real bumpy - hard on the aircraft and the people on board. Better to have no more than one to six inch ripples or waves. One wave sticking above others should be avoided with a little power to hold it off. A seaplane pilot also needs to be very aware of obstacles and boat wakes, they can cause a surprise. Jay supplemented his talk with videos on "Flying Water Ways," "Seaplane Safety" and "Lake Amphibian Taking Off On Snow." There was time to look at the collection of "odds and ends," as well as pick up a copy of a number of magazines. Thanks, Jay, real interesting evening!

Al St. Germain

Jay Lautzenheiser


April 28, 2004 - FAA Appreciation Night. We expect a nice turnout from our friends in the FAA. Kent Jackson, Aviation Attorney, will be speaking. We will also have Election of Officers, which was postponed from the last meeting.

Meeting Locations for April through September are:

April 28, 2004 --
will be at the Holiday Inn at Parvin Rd and I-435 (near Worlds of fun). The price is $12 including tip. We pay no taxes. We will have a barbecue buffet consisting of ham, smoked brisket, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, buttered corn and corn bread.
Social at 6:00 pm. Meeting begins at 6:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:45. Please call Earlene at 816-452-2083 or Alan at 816-452-6019 by 9PM on Sunday 4/25 for reservations. Pls provide your name and the number of reservations you are making.

Future meeting locations will be:

May ---Holiday Inn (Parvin Rd. and I-435)
June ---
Hometown Buffet, formerly the Old Country Buffet (Hwy 40 & Noland Rd in Independence)
July ---
August ---
Sept ---
Chapter Picnic at Lees Summit Airport

Flyouts: No Flyouts scheduled for this month.

Useful Web Site's:

Missouri Pilots Association Web Site for all chapters:

MISSOURI 2002-2003 Airport Directory & Travel Guide. This has view of the latest airports & information updates.

Missouri State Senate Web Site:

This website is a pilot to pilot information exchange:

Super Cub website is very popular

MO-KAN Wings Contest - Remember - Get ready for next year. All non-pilot members should attend a safety meeting and have a WINGS card signed. These are needed for our interstate rivalry with the Kansas Pilots Association (KPA). The KPA is very serious about this contest and won the trophy (furnished by Ed Duckworth) year before last. All non-pilot members should send their signed wings card to Penrod Turk.

The State Wings Contest runs from April 1st thru March 31st each year
. Let's make the WINGS year WINGS Safe. All it takes is one hour of air work, one hour of takeoffs and landings, one hour of instrument and a safety meeting. It is the responsibility of each chapter WINGS Chair to keep track of all their WINGS participants. So please keep Chapter Wings Officer, Penrod Turk, informed upon the completion of any phase. (4 West 112th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114-5304)

MPA Board Meetings - This is a reminder that any member can attend our chapter board meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding holidays, at Executive Beechcraft, Downtown Airport, at 7:00 P.M. We always welcome your advice and assistance, and the hospitality is great.

MPA State Board Meetings - Anyone can attend the State board meeting. Check the M.P.A. NEWS for meeting date and location. Make this your additional flyout.


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