Springfield Chapter Missouri Pilots Association

KSGF News
April 2002

Presidentís Message

Back in February, Larry warned me that he may be in South Dakota for about 90 days. That meant that I would oversee the meetings. Then he told me that the trip was delayed, to which I gave a sigh of relief. Not that I feared being in front of the chapter members. Actually I kind of enjoy it. Now I find that Larry is on the trip and forgot to tell me. No big deal. The part he failed to tell me was that I would also have to write a MESSAGE for the people.

I always thought I would like to write articles like my cousin, Earl. I appreciate his words and his thoughts. I find that putting my thoughts on paper can be a challenge. We all do things and never give a thought of how we do them or if we had to - explain to others, logically and coherently how or why.

Now, having this responsibility of writing a short letter, I sympathize with all the writers who seem to effortlessly express their ideas. I know that the more you write, the easier it should be.

Sort of like making that perfect landing. I know that each time I am on short final, I thinking about my airspeed, descent, sight picture, winds and power settings. I remember the last few landings and how they were good, bad or ugly. Then as the ground approaches ever closer, I concentrate on the task at hand - putting this beast on the tarmac smoothly and softly so the passengers will remember this flight as a good one. Of course, I come close to the perfect squeaker but not exactly. There is a slight thud and then the nose touches and we slow to make the turnoff. As we taxi to the hangar, I say to myself - NEXT TIME I will make another perfect landing.

So I will keep practicing to do better the next time.

Tom Holmer, Vice President



April Meeting

This month's MPA Chapter meeting is Tuesday April 16TH at Café SGF, Springfield/Branson Regional Airport. Social hour begins 6:30P.M. Buffet dinner is at 7:00 P.M. Cost is $10.00 per person. (Please RSVP to Larry G. Harmon at (417) 863-6939 by Friday April 12th.) Program: There will be an interesting Program! Come and enjoy!


Chapter Officers

President

Larry Kennedy 417-788-2764

Vice President

Tom Holmer 417-869-4449

Secretary

Nancy McClure 417-863-1828

Treasurer

Lynn Rodgers 417-890-8700

Newsletter Editor

Roger Ferguson 417-882-1727


Calendar of Events

4/18 EAA Chapter 821 Monthly Meeting. Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks, 2305 E. Kearney (Lurvey Plaza) 7:00 P.M. For more information contact President Larry G. Harmon (417) 863-6939 or E-mail EAALHARMON@aol.com

5/3-5 MPA Convention, Ramada Inn, West Plains, MO. Hosted by the South Central Chapter. Plan on attending this years Convention! See our MPA Web Site, http://www.mopilots.org for info.

5/12 MPA Board Meeting, Columbia Regional Airport, Columbia, MO. Board Meets at 1:00 P.M. in old FSS Bldg. All MPA Members Welcome!


Farewell!

It's been a great ten plus years as Editor!
Click on the small picture to see a Hellcat that I flew in 1946 while in the Navy.

Roger