October 2012

PRESIDENT - Rich Hopkins VICE PRESIDENT - Carl Sparks
TREASURER - Jeanne Cooper SECRETARY - Lea Trimble

Aviation is not so much a profession as it is a disease. Author Unknown

The Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Pilots Association met October 25, 2012 at McFarlain's Restaurant at the IMAX for the monthly dinner and meeting.


Vice president, Carl Sparks, called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Mr. Sparks encouraged members to seek out others to join us as members.

The secretary's report was approved.

Treasurer Jeanne Cooper reported the September balance as $3,392.14 with $1,860.00 leaving $1,532.14 available for use.
The Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Pilots Association met Sept 27, 2012 at McFarlain's Restaurant at the IMA for the monthly dinner and meeting.


USPA will meet in Branson in May.

A new magazine is ready. Email the MPA president if you would like to receive the electronic magazine.

The last safety meeting was held at Branson West. Joe Robbins did a nice presentation last Thursday at FWB.

Andy Anderson was absent but his email list has gone out. Mark Trimble stated that there will be a fly-in at Fairview, OK next weekend. It will be their last of the year and is usually very good.

The MO Wings Conference was held Saturday, Oct. 20. The local unit received several awards: Public Affairs Officer of the Year - Lt. Mike Cooper; Senior Officer of the Year - Capt. Tom Martin; Best Cadet Squadron of the Year - MO 147, and Winner of Aerial Photo Contest. The squadron will be receiving a Cessna 172 with the glass G-1000 (Garmin).

Carl thanked Lea Trimble and Jeanne Cooper for their work with the annual Christmas for Children project. A motion by Richard Cooper that the chapter contribute $300 toward providing assistance for children of families needing financial assistance and that we "pass the hat" to add to the fund carried unanimously. (An additional $132 was collected. Participants will have an opportunity to add to the fund at the next meeting.)

Our newsletters are now accessible on our new website. Carl thanked Lea Trimble.

Mike Compton, seaplane aviator, will provide us with a future program.

The Haygoods will be doing a benefit this Saturday for Jacobs House at Thunder Ranch. Jacob's House at Thunder Ranch is a Private Placement children's home, committed to providing a safe haven for abused and neglected or temporarily displaced children.

Wayne Miller, one of our members, provided a very interesting program: "Project Apollo."

The Apollo program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth. Six of the missions (Apollos 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17) achieved this goal. Apollos 7 and 9 were Earth orbiting missions to test the Command and Lunar Modules, and did not return lunar data. Apollos 8 and 10 tested various components while orbiting the Moon, and returned photography of the lunar surface. Apollo 13 did not land on the Moon due to a malfunction, but also returned photographs. The six missions that landed on the Moon returned a wealth of scientific data and almost 400 kilograms of lunar samples. Experiments included soil mechanics, meteoroids, seismic, heat flow, lunar ranging, magnetic fields, and solar wind experiments.

As an engineer, Wayne Miller served as a sub-contractor for NASA. NASA's leaders made an early decision to rely upon outside researchers and technicians to complete the Apollo project. More than 500 contractors worked on both large and small aspects of Apollo. Between 80 and 90 percent of NASA's overall budget in the 1960s went for contracts to purchase goods and services from private industry, research institutions, and universities.

John Griffeth's ticket was draw but he did not win. The pot now stands at over $1,800.00!

Meeting adjourned,
Lea Trimble

Al Haley is doing well and plans on attending in November.

Next Month's Meeting will be held at Ozarks Auto Show in Hollister. Col. David Burke, USAF (Ret.) will discuss his work with the JR ROTC at Branson High School and will bring his Color Guard to present the Colors. Also, CAP members from the CAP Branson West will present a special award to our MPA Ozarks Chapter. Gary J. Fox, President of MPA and his wife plan to attend. The news media will also be invited.

The November 15 meeting will begin at 6:00 PM with a potluck. Bring your spouse and guests. (Don't forget the 50/50 is now over $1,800.00.)


Lea Trimble

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