President: Earlene McClure, Vice-President: Penrod Turk,
Directors: Sarah McKinley, Ed Baucom, Alan Monshausen,
December 10, 2003 --- Our December meeting celebrated
the Hanukkah/Christmas Season with a special dinner at Hannah's in
Lee's Summit, ably arranged by Pam Ratliff (speaker) and Marty Young
(dinner). We had a special treat in that Bill Nicks, Director of Parks
and Recreation, Lenexa, impersonated Wilbur Wright, telling the story
of the "Flyer" making its historic first flight on December
Convinced that this was it, they had an engine built by Charles E. Taylor, who worked in their shop, and experimented with props turned by bicycle chains. What else? On December 17, 1903, they made four successful flights, the first piloted by Orville, 120 feet lasting 12 seconds, the fourth by Wilbur, the longest, 852 feet. Unfortunately, the winds picked up and destroyed the Flyer, and it never flew again. Elated by their success, and recorded on film for posterity, Orville telegrammed Dayton, "Success, four flights Thursday morning, all against 21 mile wind, started from level with engine power alone, average speed through air 31 miles, longest 57 seconds, inform press, home Christmas, Orevelle Wright."
Of course we know that the flight was actually 59 seconds long, and that the telegraph operator spelled Orville wrong. But then, with one of man's greatest achievements, who cares about a spelling error! Great story teller, Bill! On a personal note, my father was 10 years old that historic day, and lived to watch man's first flight to the moon as well.
DINNER RESERVATION INFORMATION
January 28, 2004 — at Airline History Museum for a catered dinner and tour. Flame Throwers will cater the meal at Airline History. It will be B-B Ribs,Beef, Ham and Turkey with B-B Beans, Potato Salad Cold Slaw etc. Social hour at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30pm. Please call: Earlene McClure at 816-452-2083 to make your reservations. Cost is $14.00 per person, including tour.
February 25, 2004 -- Our meeting on 2/25/04 will be
held at the Doubletree Hotel (DWT) at 1301 Wyandotte at 6:30 PM. This
is the former Holiday Inn. Wyandotte is a one way street going south.
The gate to the parking lot will be either open or with an attendant.
If attended tell him you are with the MPA, and you will be allowed to
park without charge.
Meeting Locations for March, April, May and June are:
March -- DAV
Flyouts: No Flyouts scheduled for this month.
Useful Web Site's:
Missouri Pilots Association Web Site for all chapters: www.mopilots.org
MISSOURI 2002-2003 Airport Directory & Travel Guide. This has view 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
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
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.