The Flyer

April 2008

OfficersPresident:   Gary Fox; Vice President:  vacant;   Secretary: Jan Handley; Treasurer:   Terrie  Jo  Fox;   Directors: Ralph  Schmude,  Al St. Germain, Frank Taylor,  Penrod Turk,   Jeanné Willerth and  Past Presidents.  Chairpersons: Wings  Program :  Penrod Turk;  Safety:  Chris  St. Germain;  Membership: Open; Meeting Arrangements: Terrie Jo Fox; Temporary Editor: Penrod Turk

PRESIDENTS MESSAGE - If you haven't been to Branson lately now is the time to make plans to attend our Annual MPA State Convention May 15th through 18th at the Lodge of the Ozarks. The Saturday awards luncheon will feature Mickey Gilley as the speaker and you can even plan attend his Branson show Saturday evening right next door to the convention hotel. Please check your MPA web sight for more information and registration forms. **** I've told this story many times but the KC Chapter and MPA has always had, from what we understand, a unique relationship with the FAA. As Bob Dickens relayed his story . . . . "I just finished up some training in OK this afternoon and was asked if I was spending the night and going out to dinner with the group - my reply was - no, as I have to get back to KC for the MPA Chapter FAA Appreciation Night". He said that immediately after the startled look on their faces disappeared they broke out in laughter and then asked "what's the punch line?". Rich Carlson will be attending our April meeting along with 4 or 5 other KC FSDO representatives. Please make every effort to attend and show our appreciation and support. **** Elections aren't till November so be reminded to check for any TFR's - and remember "Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment". **** Gary Fox

CONGRATULATIONS!- to Terrie Jo and Gary Fox who celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at our meeting. Also congratulations to Doug Picklick who celebrated his birthday at our meeting.

PROGRAM FOR MARCH 26th -
Many thanks to Jody Barker, Senior V.P. and Branch Manager of First Community Bank for his entertaining and informative insights regarding airplane financing. As a private pilot and Commander 114 owner he understands our needs beyond just the purchase of an airplane like refinancing and engine overhauling, avionics, avionic upgrades and paint jobs. They can only finance Certified Aircraft - no Experimental, and has financed Partnerships and Flying Clubs. He is fully aware of all expenses involved in owning an airplane and through First Community Bank he can offer a simple application and quick approval to meet our needs. Even though Jody works out of the Clinton Branch, First Community has two locations in Lee's Summit and two in Kansas City North. He can be contacted any time and welcomes any and all questions as the banks airplane loan specialist. Phone: Bank, 888-747-0200 - Cell: 660-525-6293
or email: jabarker@fcbankonline.com

DINNER RESERVATION INFORMATION -Our next regular meeting will begin with social time at 6:00, dinner at 6:30 sharp on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at the Disabled American Veterans, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road, KCMO. Take I-435 to 87th Street exit, (Missouri !!) go east on 87th Street 1.1 miles, turn right on Old Santa Fe Road, 0.2 miles to DAV on your left. OR, west from Blue Ridge Boulevard onto 87th Street, immediate left on Old Santa Fe Road, 0.2 miles to DAV on your left. Our menu will be: Swiss Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Vegetable, Salad, Bread/Butter, Coffee/Tea, Dessert.
RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST so please contact Terrie Jo by noon on Monday, Apr 21, 2008 by e-mail: terrie@foxware.com or 795-7233. The cost is $11, including gratuity, and DAV reservations must be made and kept. Terrie Jo Fox.

MEETING DATES FOR 2008:  Please mark your calendars now so you won't forget any meetings.
April 23 -- FAA Appreciation night. Election of Officers and Board
May 28 --
June 21 -- Chapter picnic at Higginsville.

MPA CHAPTER BOARD MEETINGS - All chapter members are invited to attend board meetings.  They are normally held on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding holidays, at Executive Beechcraft, Downtown Airport, at 7 PM.  We always welcome your advice and assistance, and the coffee pot is on!

NEXT KC CHAPTER BOARD MEETING - April 1st

MPA STATE BOARD MEETINGS - Any MPA members may, and are invited and encouraged to, attend the state board meetings.  Check the MPA News for meeting dates, times and locations.  Gary Fox   

JOINT PROJECT - We are tentatively planning a joint project with the 99s on May 17th. We will paint a compass rose at LXT. MPA is funding the materials and the 99s are supplying the woman power. All will be invited to help. That is on the day of a Young Eagles program and pancake breakfast. Jeanné

WINGS --
There's been a change to the WINGS program. Participants can go on-line, go to the Wings Pilot Proficiency Program, and select Airman Profile. There is a new block at the bottom that allows entry of Superseded Wings Phase. This is a one-time opportunity to add the Phase of Wings that an airman held in the old Wings program. The options are phase 1 thru 20. Some people were issued certificates for Phases above 20, but 20 was the official highest Phase that could be held so don't enter anything higher than 20.

Once an entry is made, it can't be changed. The Phase entered will appear on the My Wings page in the Superseded Wings Program box. This is just a way of acknowledging the accomplishments of airmen who qualified for Wings in the old program. If the airman allows external review for a 3rd party, the information will be available. Likewise, it provides a record that demonstrates an airman's "positive attitude about safety" which can be helpful in some situations. ** Fred P. Harms, Central Region FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) **

THE NEW WINGS PROGRAM
is now in effect! 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) Questions? PATurk@att.net.

CHAPTER FLYOUT INFORMATION - We will be flying to only 3 or 4 close airports in 2008 due to gas prices, and to increase our flying and members' participation.  (Non-flyers welcome!)  With a new chairperson, we hope to provide  e-mail notification the week before.  Please volunteer.  Info on flyouts can be obtained at www.MidwesternPilot.com, or the State News Letter at http://www.mopilots.org/flyouts.htm . Tell us where you want to go..

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR:

SAFETY SEMINAR  - No current schedules

EAA Chapter 91 hosts a pancake breakfast @ LXT on the 3rd Saturday of April & May.

USEFUL WEB SITES -

Missouri Pilots Association Web Site for all chapters: www.mopilots.org

Kansas City FSDO: http://www.faa.gov/about/office%5Forg/field%5Foffices/fsdo/mci/

NASA Callback    http://asrs.arc.nasa.gov/

Missouri 2005-2006 Airport Directory & Travel Guide. This has views of the latest airports & information updates. http://www.modot.state.mo.us/othertransportation/airportdirectory.htm

Missouri State Senate Web Site:  http://www.senate.state.mo.us

This website is a pilot to pilot information exchange: www.flykc.com

Super Cub website is very popular www.supercub.org

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