The Flyer

President: Paul Broome

Vice-President: Vacant

Secretary: Pam Ratliff

Treasurer: Marty Young

Directors: Jim Root, Penrod Turk, Patrick Hubbard, Earlene McClure,

Jeff Page, June Williams and Past Presidents.

Editor: June Williams March 2002



Walt Gunn

Our February speaker came with no shortage of credentials, TWA pilot for 39 years logging 28,000 hours in DC-3s, DC-4s, Connies, Convair 880s, 707s and 747s making over 1,000 ocean crossings! Not satisfied with his achievements at mandatory retirement, Walt Gunn obtained a doctorate in psychology and serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at KU Med Center and Adjunct Professor of Aviation at CMSU. Dr. Gunn's mixed careers have blended well to provide him with a prospective of human factors in aviation that is indeed rare. He emphasized the value of periodic physical exams and their relationship with safety. He was involved in substance abuse studies that now also include illegal drugs. Dr. Gunn pointed out that psychosocial factors often come into play in accidents, citing a number of cases where family problems, lack of training, different operational procedures and poor maintenance were contributing factors. In his estimation, deregulation may not have been such a good idea. Having flown recently on three airlines, he was impressed with the security measures in use, he himself having to remove his shoes twice, despite his esteemed position in aviation! Al St. Germain

Put This On Your Calendar!

Flyout Committee Chair: Sarah McKinley

NOTE: When you see RSVP, Sarah MUST know to arrange transportation to the restaurant. Anybody desiring to be on Sarah's e-mail list, please let her know.

March 16, Saturday - Miami County Airport, Breakfast, landing at 8:30 A.M. 

March 24, Sunday - Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, 2400 ft. turf runway, southwest of town. Emma Chase Restaurant, RSVP to Sarah or walk one mile into town. Restaurant on the main street. Landing 9:00 A.M. Will check runway conditions.

April 7, Sunday - Clay County Airport Hamburger lunch Fly-In 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.

April 13, Saturday - Gaston, Ark. (turf runway), restaurant on field (this is for everyone who keeps saying lets go to Gaston). A very nice place to eat. Landing 11:00 A.M. Will check runway conditions the day before. Also Gaston, Arkansas does have a motel-hotel with very nice accommodations, except if you cancel your reservations at the last minute they will charge you for the first night. You will have to cancel two weeks before, that doesn't help us and the weather.

April 14, Sunday - Missouri Pilots State Board Meeting, Columbia, MO.

April 21, Sunday - Stockton, Mo. Airport, Orleans Trail Restaurant, sits on a high hill above the lake, (an old fashion breakfast buffet and a beautiful view). Landing at 9:00 A.M. RSVP to Sarah for transportation

May 3, 4 & 5, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Missouri Pilots Association 48th Annual Convention: Hosted by South Central Chapter, Wast Plains, MO. I wouldn't miss that float trip, Old Mill Lunch, the Road Kill Dinner with blue grass music for anything. Mac and I have been down to Bill's Ranch and what a wonderful host he is. That was my first ride in a Model A.

May 18, - Excelsior Springs Airport will have their annual fly-in breakfast and/or lunch.

June 22 & 23, Saturday & Sunday - Minden, Neb.  Pioneer Village Museum and motel.  A overnight or fly back. (This museum is a fantastic place to see and will take a full day.) The old town square is about three blocks away and has an old opera house). I have blocked 10 non-smoking rooms, $35.00 (single), or $40.00 (double) plus tax. You need to make your own reservations before June 1th by calling 1-800-445-4447. You can cancel the morning of the fourth without penalty.

Please RSVP to Sarah McKinley Phone: 816-320-3462 or E-Mail: Also the morning of fly-out you can call: 816-781-7194 Roosterville Airport. Airborne Communications is 122.75. Remember that our minimums are 3000 and 5.

Programs: Program Committee Chair: Herb Roberts

March 27, 2002 Steve Baker, FAA appreciation night.

April 9, 2002 Safety Seminar at the DAV, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road. This Safety Seminar is co-sponsored by: The Kansas City Marine Aero Club and Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Pilot Association. This will take the place of the May 15th Seminar at the EAA Hanger, Lee's Summit, Airport.


March 27, 2002 - at DAV, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road. Reservations MUST BE MADE by SATURDAY, March 23, 2002, if not on the permanent reservation list. Special dietary needs can be accommodated at the time of the reservation.

Please call: June Williams After Noon at 816-224-3241 or E-Mail to make your reservations.

Our menu will be: Cod Fish, Wild Rice with vegetable, Salad and dessert.

Remember - Meeting time: Social from 6:00 to 6:30 P.M. Dinner at 6:30. Cost is $12.00 per person.

Elections for the board of directors will be at the March 27, 2002 dinner meeting.

Interested in a position contact Gary Fox at (816) 795-7233 or e-mail at


President: Pam Ratliff Vice President: Pat Hubbard Secretary: Open Treasurer: Open

Board of Director: Need Six Director's

1. June Williams 2. Arlene McClure 3. Jeff Page

4. Marvin Moore 5. Sarah McKinley 6. Open

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 inter-state rivalry with the Kansas Pilots Association (KPA). The KPA is very serious about this contest and won the trophy (furnished by Ed Duckworth) last year. 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)

Missouri State Senate Web Site:
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FYI- Missouri State Senate Web Site: Missouri House Web Site:

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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