December 2000

President's Message - Bill Cheek

Short Days & Busy Times

I like the distinct seasonal pattern we have in the Midwest, but, as with many, winter is not my favorite time of the year. The days are short and the few hours of sunlight makes it very difficult for some of us to get any flying in. The weather often subtracts the weekends. And then there is the hurry of the holidays. I can really start feeling sorry for myself when I add in my work schedule that gets pretty hectic during the first couple of weeks in December. Fall semester ends with the rush of papers to grade, exams to write and give (and, yes, when it comes to exams, it IS better to give than receive), and grades to record. Then there is the Christmas shopping to get done - beginning, of course, after Fall Commencement on the 15th. This is a busy time.

But wait. Maybe it is just as well that winter days are short. I found out on a cold, beautifully clear, and long night just last week that the Christmas lights of Branson and Kimberling City are even prettier from an airplane than from a car. Can't do that in the Summer!

And there are the holiday gatherings. We have, on December 12th, our annual Christmas party at the River-side Inn. This is a great time to visit with fellow pilots and family from the Ozarks Chapter. I'm glad we have main-tained the tradition of the two chapters getting together.

I have vowed to use winter's short days and unfavor-able flying weather to read some of those articles in Flying, AOPA Pilot, and Plane and Pilot that have been put aside over the past few months. I think one of the titles even read something along the lines of "Maintaining Piloting Skills During the Winter."

I may even again to try this winter to master "the complete flight simulator", a gift from my son a couple of years ago. I say "try" because ProPilot 99's virtual 172 flies much harder than any hard copy edition I've been in.

Let me end by wishing to all Merry Christmas and the very best in 2001.

Christmas Party

This year's joint Christmas party will be hosted by the Ozarks Chapter. Mike Ramirez, President of the Ozarks Chapter has reservations at the Riverside Inn for December 12th; Social Hour begins at 6:00p.m. More details below.

December Program

This month's special joint Christmas Party is December 12th, at the Riverside Inn, Ozark, MO. Social Hour 6:00 P.M. Buffet is at 7:00 P.M. Cost including gratuity is approximately $17.00 per person. Gifts for the Chinese Gift Exchange should be limited to $10.00.

Chapter Officers


Bill Cheek 417-881-6787

Vice President

Ann Humphreys 417-833-1330


Earl Holmer 417-862-2393


Lynn Rodgers 417-890-8700

Newsletter Editor

Roger Ferguson 417-882-1727

Calendar of Events

12/10 MPA State Board Meeting. Lunch at 12 Noon, Bledsoe's Restaurant, Columbia Regional Airport,
Columbia, MO. Board Meeting at 1:00 P.M. All MPA Members Welcome!

12/14 EAA Chapter 821 Monthly Meeting, 7:00 P.M. at Fried Green Tamadas. 5101 Fremont Town Centre, Ozark, MO. For info, contact: Larry G. Harmon, President (417) 866-0919. E-mail: EAALHARMON@aol.com

1/18 FAA Aviation Safety Seminar, Cox Hospital N. Fountain Plaza Room, 1423 N Jefferson Ave.
7:00-9:00p.m. Program: NOS Charts.


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