November 2000

President's Message - Bill Cheek

The past month has been a time of reflection. Part of that reflection was brought about by the accident that caused the untimely deaths of Governor Mel Carnahan, Randy Carnahan, and Chris Sifford. Our hearts go out to the Carnahan and Sifford families for their tragic loss.

Any time there is an accident involving an airplane, many pilots reflect a little more seriously about their own competencies. Are we current for night flying? Have we practiced recovering from unusual attitudes using only needle, ball and airspeed? Have we kept up regularly with approaches to maintain instrument currency? When was the last time we called up our local friendly CFII to fly a little actual instrument conditions? Have we thought recently about our personal minimums? How many months has it been that we've continued to put off fulfilling this year's Wings requirements?

October brought a scurry by Mike Quint and I to get in our tracking, holding and necessary approaches to keep current for instrument flying. It also brought a reaffirmation that we would maintain currency a little bit at a time instead of all at once at the end of six months.

But this October also brought some of the reasons I took up flying in the first place. In between the showers and clouds can be some of the clearest air we see in the Midwest. Maret and I enjoyed a wonderful little flight to Lake of the Ozarks and Grand Glaze airport last month. Visibility was great that Sunday afternoon and the foliage exceptionally beautiful - in spite of the "'no color this year" predictions of many. The crimson of the maples is always best from on top looking down. The trip with dessert and conversation shared with a cousin living at Lake Ozark was certainly worth much more than the actual cost. Fall really is a wonderful time.

I vote that fall be extended in Missouri!

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 about this annual event in coming issues of KSGF News.

November Program

This month's meeting is November 21th, Springfield/ Branson Regional Airport, Springfield, MO. We meet at the CAFÉ SGF, Social Hour 6:30 P.M. Buffet is at 7:00 P.M. Cost is $10.00 per person. Program: Lynn Rodgers, "Enforcement Action: The Pilot's Perspective."

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

11/09 FAA Safety Seminar, Cox N. Hospital, Fountain Plaza Room, 7:00-9:-30 P.M. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 821.

11/12 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!

11/16 EAA Chapter 821 Monthly Meeting, 7:00 P.M. Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks, 2305 E. Kearney (Lurvey Plaza). Program: Jack Reynolds on Aircraft Safety. For info, contact: Larry G. Harmon, President (417) 866-0919. E-mail EAALHARMON@aol.com

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!


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