It has been another one of those times when too many things interfered with flying. Other than a flight to Lee C. Fine including a chance to once again view Lake Ozark, I have been pretty earth bound the past few weeks. One of the things interfering with flying was work.
Each summer for the past 20 years I have helped teach an off campus conservation education class for teachers. I say "helped" because I have two colleagues in instructing the course who are with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. I add my part to the course and credit may be earned through SMSU. For most of those years, we have held it on the Current River; one of the state's most popular - and spectacular - streams. Though not always the case over the years, the weather this year couldn't have been better.
Sectionals show that the air above the Ozark National Scenic Riverway is included in the various parts of the Lindbergh MOA; Lindbergh C where we were. This MOA can be heavily used and I may be one of the few each year that looks up from time to time during the one day of the class that we are on the Current. Three or four A10s a few hundred feet above ridge top will get your attention but most of the time it is the sounds of fighters at high altitudes that diverts my eyes skyward. Last year they were high but still low enough to see the several maneuvering fighter's wing positions swing as they practiced whatever they were practicing. This year only dots when I saw them at all. Most of the time the MOA can be ignored. I just enjoyed being on the river. If you haven't visited the Current with its many springs, caves and excellent water, you have missed a beautiful part of the state.
We talk about various flying activities the chapter might participate in. A recent note in AOPA's electronic newsletter (June 29) about two Oregon pilots puts a new meaning to "fly-in". It seems that the two pilots visited all 96 public-use airports in Oregon in a single trip. Parker Johnstone and Jim Murphy piloted a Bonanza for nearly 33 hours over a two-day, 2,822-nm journey that covered the state. The two pilots raised more than $10,000 for their chosen charities -- the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Diabetes Association -- from pledges made by individuals based at airports visited.
This sounds like a good fund-raising activity. Anyone interested in trying something like this for Missouri? Let's see: How many airports are there in Missouri? How many days would it take in a 172?
Last month's program was brought to us by SGF Chapter member and Air Traffic Controller, Steve Enders. We appreciate Steve for not only taking the time from his busy schedule to bring us the presentation, but also the excellent information that helps all of us pilots more safely and efficiently fly. Thanks, Steve, but I do have one question. Was it only coincidence that in every example in the presentation, the tail number of the plane I fly was used?
Be ready to vote on a slate of officers for 2001-02 at the July 17 meeting. See you there!
This month's meeting is on Tuesday, July 17th, at Café SGF at the Springfield/Branson Regional Airport.
Buffet is at 7:00 P.M. Cost is $10.00 per person. Social Hour is at 6:30 P.M. Program: Earl Holmer presents, "Images
of the Air Force Museum" in a slide show of his year-2000 visit.
Calendar of Events
7/19 EAA Chapter 821 Meeting. Air & Military Museum of The Ozarks, 2305 E. Kearney (Lurvey Plaza) Time
7:00 P.M. For more information contact President Larry G. Harmon (417) 866-0919 or e- mail EAALHARMON@aol.com
8/12 MPA State Board Meeting. Lunch 12 Noon at, Bledsoe's Restaurant, Columbia Regional Airport Columbia, MO. Board Meets at 1:00 P.M. All MPA Members Welcome!
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