The Flyer

October 2009

OfficersPresident:   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 - The acting Director of the MO Dept of Rev has assigned a point person who will be our contact person in resolving issues with "use tax". That person is: Diane Luebbering, 573-751-4981, email: Also, www.moconsumersuetaxprotest. Plead your case stating that 1) you were unaware of the law and no fraud was intended, 2) prior to purchasing your aircraft you contacted DOR (at either the state or local level) and was not advised of the law and 3) you are aware that a member of the MPA has had both penalty and interest removed by contacting his representative - and you really don't want to go that route. Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions or comments and please keep me informed of any outcomes. **** With Fall approaching and lower temperatures flying is at it's very best - plus I'm using less fuel. There are a lot of changes and work going on at various area airports, so please remember to check for NOTAMS. **** Remember - the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots is - - if a pilot screws up, the pilots dies - - if the ATC screws up, the pilot dies. *** One great piece of news, Mitch Stafford has accepted the office of Vice-President! He will follow a great tradition set by Grandma and Grandpa Stafford, (and his Dad.) Gary Fox

SEPTEMBER SPEAKER SUMMARY - Jeanné Willerth introduced our speaker this evening as a future member of the chapter. Get out the application! Shawn Nault is our newest pilot to get his private license. Congrats, Shawn. He is a graduate of Center High School, Southwest Missouri State University, a third generation pilot, an Air Force Reserve A-10 "Warthog" maintainer, a member of Mitchell Flying Club, and married to Debra with two children. Twenty years ago at 11 years old, he flew to Oshkosh with his Dad. What a thrill, but in August he flew there again in the back seat of a replica of a Japanese Zero, an AT-6 trainer modified by Fox Studios for "Tora, Tora, Tora." Doug Jackson, "Tora 101" owner and air show pilot with 20 years pulling G's in his Gunfighter Routine with a P-51 bought the aircraft years back. It is actually a "Harvard" built in Canada. Shawn sat in the back seat which has a stick and rudders, no instruments, except for a Garmin. While it was an uncomfortable ride, with a parachute and harness, he did enjoy the trip. They flew up Sunday, and back on Wednesday splitting the cost of the fuel. His share, $400. Ouch! The ancient birds get great treatment going in, but Doug had to taxi on grass around an aircraft in takeoff position to get off. Shawn had a chance to fly the bird and log the time. After those words, he had a presentation of great pictures he took of every category on the airport, some in flight. His favorites are the Cessna 195 and the P-51. Editor's note: My only regret is not seeing those great pictures for another second so. Also, I missed flying the T-6 by one class, and was in the first class of T-34s and T-28s. Great program, Shawn! Al St. Germain

DINNER RESERVATION INFO - Our next regular meeting will begin with social time at 6:00, dinner at 6:30 sharp on Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 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: Fried Shrimp, Au Gratin Potatoes, Vegetable, Salad, Bread/Butter, Coffee/Tea, Dessert. Terrie Jo Fox

RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST so please contact Terrie Jo by noon on Monday, October 26th, 2009 by
e-mail: or 795-7233. The cost is $12, including gratuity, and DAV reservations must be made and kept. Terrie Jo Fox

October 6th, Chapter Board Meeting
October 10th, MPA State Fly-in.
October 28th, Membership Meeting, Speaker, Surprise Guest.
November 18th, Membership Meeting, (ONE WEEK EARLY DUE TO THANKSGIVING) Speaker to be announced. Will advise by e-mail or phone.
December 6th. Wright Day Dinner - See detailed information.
December 16th, Christmas/Hanukkah Party

- Everyone is welcome to the 4th Annual all MPA picnic and Board Meeting at Rebel's Bluff Airstrip on Saturday, Oct 10th. Rebel's Bluff is every pilot's dream and a little slice of heaven for MPA member and our host, Les Featherston and the Springfield Chapter. It's a picturesque grass airstrip located 2 miles NNE of Mt. Vernon International Airport (2MO). A barbecue lunch, with all the trimmings is provided for a $7 contribution. We will gather at 11:00 am. - check your State Newsletter for more information.

ANNUAL 99s DINNER - The Wright Day Dinner this year will be Sunday, December 6, at the Marriott
Muehlbach Tower, same room as last year. This is a fundraiser for the 99s (women pilots) to give flight
scholarships. The reception (cash bar) is at 6:00 PM and dinner at 7:00 PM. The cost is $40 per person.
The speaker will be one of the few surviving WASPs (women pilots who flew in WWII) and should be an
interesting program. Raffle tickets will be sold for many exciting prizes. This is a fun and entertaining
evening. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Jeanné Willerth, 816-537-8820.

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

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

CHAPTER FLYOUT INFORMATION - We will be flying to only 3 or 4 close airports in 2009 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, or the State News Letter at . Tell us where you want to go..


Missouri Pilots Association Web Site for all chapters:

Kansas City FSDO:

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Missouri 2005-2006 Airport Directory & Travel Guide. This has views of the latest airports & information updates.

Missouri State Senate Web Site:

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