Officers: President: Gary Fox; Vice President: Mitch Stafford; 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 : Open; Safety: Chris St. Germain; Membership: Open; Meeting Arrangements: Terrie Jo Fox; Editor: Al St. Germain
PRESIDENTS MESSAGE - Remember, your PAPER PILOTS CERTIFICATE/LICENSE EXPIRES March 31, 2010. You MUST obtain a new plastic one by logging on to: https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/amsrvs/logon.asp. I have paper applications, and will have them available at the March 24th meeting, or call me and I will mail. See details page two below. *** We still need your help on the USE TAX issue as the State MPA Board has retained an attorney to represent a few of our members for an Administration Hearing, and the last one will be on April 29th. Question: Has anyone, who originally paid the tax AND penalty and interest, approached DOR about getting a refund of the penalty and interest using the "selective enforcement rule" - meaning what is done for one must be done for all??? If you have, we need to hear from you - please call me ASAP, 816-985-5406. Obviously, the state was so pleased with the $1.3 million they collected from 860 aircraft owners, they are planning to send out 400 more additional letters soon. *** There is also SB 1000 that was introduced February 25, 2010 in Jeff City that would "transfer certain stated amounts from the 23 funds to the State General Revenue Fund." The State Aviation Trust Fund is included in the 23 funds, and, if passed would require $2,314,363 from the Fund to be transferred by June 30, 2011. The bill is now in the Senate Appropriations Committee. (If any of this is FAA money, is it legal for them to do this? Editor) Now would be a good time to contact your MO Legislators - they are home for a break. *** Mankind has a perfect record in aviation…we have never left one up there! Gary Fox.
FEBRUARY SPEAKER SUMMARY - Our president, Gary Fox, in his introduction of our one speaker, Terry Blake, noted that Ron Albertson was unable to attend as well. He related his multi-engine check ride with Ron, fearing he was going to flunk it. But, in the end, he passed it, and said Ron was very thorough, but real fair. In his talk, Terry related some stories about Ron whom he considered the best. He had been named National Flight Instructor of the Year. Ron is a former Marine, and it showed occasionally. He had a student taxi up to the hot spot for a quick stop. A lineman jumped up on the wing yelling, "I told you to park over there." Ron, furious, opened the door, and the wind caught it, knocking the guy off the wing. Ron knew he was fired, as the young man was the son of the owner of the business, but it was ironed out. Terry also tells of Ron going down an elevator when a repairman dropped a heavy screw driver on a woman's foot. He got off the elevator, decked the guy, and got back on. He decided he had better call his lawyer who returned the call in 15 minutes saying the manager gave him the honeymoon suite for the night. Don't mess with Marines! Ron asked Terry to cover some new PTS changes, one being that if an ILS approach is not available for the check ride, a precision GPS may be substituted. However, in making a non-precision approach, a precision GPS could not be substituted. Too accurate! See also changes in loss of control in flight in the PTS. Single pilot cockpit management was also stressed. (Look out if you have two pilots, especially if they are both instructors! Editor.) Terry also mentioned that Ron is a chiropractor, and has an MS in psychology. He does the unexpected on check rides, and if the ride is going well, certain instruments start to fail. As to himself, Terry related some sloppy flights he observed while he was demonstrating aircraft in his sales job. He did a thorough review of what to watch out for in visual approaches and landings. Terry started flying over 35 years ago, paying $6 per hour for Cessna 150 instruction. He has worked for four charter firms and two corporations. He was technical editor for "Flight Training Magazine." Since Ron was not allowed to train Citation pilots, then give them a check ride, Terry did that training. He demonstrated for various manufacturers. He also flew many proving runs for Air Trans demonstrating his versatility. In closing, in a final tribute to his hero and mentor, Terry said, "Ron made me safe so flying could be fun." We enjoyed it Terry, thanks for sharing those anecdotes! Editor.
DINNER RESERVATION INFORMATION - Our next regular meeting will begin with social time at 6:00, dinner at 6:30 sharp on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 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 Cordon Bleu, Wild Rice, Vegetable, Salad, Rolls/Butter, Coffee/Tea and Dessert. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST, so please contact Terrie Jo by noon on Monday, March 22nd, 2010 by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or 795-7233. The cost is $12, including gratuity, and DAV reservations must be made and kept. Terrie Jo Fox.
URGENT NOTICE!!! Paper Pilot Certificates expire March 31, 2010. Pilots cannot exercise the privileges
of their PAPER pilot certificates after March 31, 2010. Certificates issued under 14 CFR Parts 63 and 65 will expire March 31, 2013. FAR 61.19 (h) reads: "DURATION OF PILOTS CERTICATES. Except for a temporary certificate issued under 61.17 or a student pilot certificate issued under paragraph (b) of this section, the holder of a paper pilot certificate issued under this part may not exercise the privileges of that certificate after March 31, 2010." To obtain your new plastic pilot certificate, log onto web site: https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov.amsrvs/logon.asp. Fill out the form and pay the $2 charge with a credit card. It should arrive in the mail within two weeks. Terrie Jo Fox
DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR
March 24th, Wednesday Membership Meeting, speakers to be announced.
April 6th, Tuesday, Chapter Board Meeting, 7 PM, Executive Beech Hangar, Downtown Airport. All members welcome.
April 24th, Saturday Flyout. See details below.
April 28th, Membership Meeting, Speaker to be announced. Request suggestions
FLYOUT SATURDAY, APRIL 24th - Mitch Stafford is organizing a fly out to Papa Joe's Diner at Lincoln Municipal Airport about eight miles north of Warsaw. Lincoln (OR2) is 59 NM on bearing 120 degrees from Lee's Summit. Departure would be 11 AM. Mitch has landed there, and reports it is a very nice grass strip, 2940 ft. X 125 ft. Papa Joe's Diner is a cozy little local eatery about 200 yards from the airport. Please contact Mitch at 816-739-7011 or MitchellFStafford@yahoo.com if you are able to fly or would like to catch a ride. It would be great to start the fly out program up again. Editor
NEW OFFICERS AND BOARD - As mentioned above, our elections will be held at the March meeting, Installation will be in April. The new board will take over in May. The Nominating Committee has recommended the following members for your consideration: President, Mitch Stafford; Vice-President, Tom Eagle; Secretary, Open; Treasurer, Terrie Jo Fox; Al St. Germain, Publisher of The Flyer. Board Members: Penrod Turk, Ralph Schmude; Jeanné Willerth, Frank Taylor, Al St. Germain and all past presidents. Nominations from the floor will be accepted. The nominations for Secretary and one director are open, so the slot is open for a volunteer or suggested person. Editor
GREAT PILOT TOOLS - We have become aware of two websites that are great tools and fun that every pilot should check out are:www.FltPlan.com and www.Fly2Lunch.com.
(Editor's note: Many thanks to Mitch Stafford for this.)
Flight Plan is a great website with all of the information you would ever need in planning any length of trip (weather, sectional charts, winds aloft, fuel prices, approach plates and many more useful tools.) It is a free site that once you start using you'll use it for everything.
Fly2Lunch is a great website where you can find restaurants at airports around the country. You simply enter the three letter identifier of an airport and set a max distance away from that airport, and it will list all of the airports within that have restaurants. You can even break it down to on field, a short walk from the airport, and a short drive from the airport.
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!
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
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