Kansas City Chapter

Missouri Pilots Association

The Flyer

March 99

Penrod Turk, Editor Email: paturk@planetkc.com

Presidentís Corner

Yankee Great Yogi Berra once made the statement, "It aint over till its over". That was a true statement then as it is now. We can use this statement in respect to the Richards Gebaur situation. Believe me, "it aint over yet". However, we need to do some hard work. A couple members of our chapter are going to Washington, D.C. to meet with the FAA who have become interested in our plight. Now the rest of us need to get busy and do what the Missouri Pilots Assn. is supposed to do. We need to save this airport. We have until March 30, 1999 to obtain 10,000 signatures of registered Kansas City voters to enable us to put the closure of the airport to a vote. We have drawn up a legal Referendum Petition form on which to collect those signatures. I would like for each chapter member to get a few of these petitions and get as many signatures as possible. You don't have to be a resident of Kansas City to collect these signatures. Just ask your friends, neighbors and co-workers who ARE registered voters of Kansas City to sign. If enough of us do our part, we can do this. You can get your blank petitions from any Chapter Board member. Please help save R-G. You'll be helping to save general aviation. Herb Roberts

February 24 -
I believe we have had speakers in the 80-year-old range, but Justin Page, at 15, probably is our youngest speaker ever. He described the various summer programs provided by EAA for young adults between 12 and 18 at Oshkosh. Justin's program ran nine days and included sessions on flight science, aircraft systems, preflighting, weather, air navigation and flight training requirements. There was hands-on training in welding, sheet metal, fabrication and woodworking. There were demos of ultralights, parachute jumps, and a flight in EAA's flight simulators as well as a tour of the EAA Aviation Museum. Justin had great praise for the new lodge accommodations and the chow. The only shortcoming was the lack of girl attendees, and pretty ones at that! Al St. Germain

March 24, 1999 -
at DAV, 8787 Old Santa Fe Road. Reservations MUST BE MADE by SATURDAY, March 20, 1999, if not on the permanent reservation list. Our menu will be: Salad, corned beef and cabbage, roll and butter, coffee/tea, and dessert. Special dietary needs can be accommodated at the time of the reservation. Please call René Earle at 891-7416 to make your reservation. Please leave a message on the answering machine.

Remember - Meeting time:Social from 6:00 to 6:30 P.M..

Dinner at 6:30.

Cost is $12.00 per person.



Put This On Your Calendar!

Programs: Program committee chair: Dee Giedinghagen

March 16 - Safety Meeting @ Clay County Regional Airport.

For info call Ed Duckworth 1-800-519-3269 or 816-891-2107

March 24 - John Ohrazda on Leeís Summit Airportís proposed changes.

April 24 - EAA Chapter 91 Pancake breakfast at Leeís Summit Airport.

April 28 - FAA Appreciation night.

May 26 - Brian Busby, KMBC weather. (Pending)

June 4-6 - MPA Annual Convention, Ramada Inn, Springfield. Plan to attend.

Once you attend a Convention, you wonít want to miss any of them.

June 19 - Young Eagles at Leeís Summit.

June 23 - Michelle Stauffer will speak on her trip to Russia.

July 28, August 25, September 22 - (Pending) Chris Fabia, ReMax Balloon, Fred Schieszer, CMSU,Jim Ruse, KC Flyer.

September 19 - Chapter Picnic

Flyouts: Flyout committee chair: Dan Whiteaker

DONíT BE SHY! Seats were available for past flyouts.

If the weather looks marginal, or if anyone needs a ride (Don't forget to share expenses) or has an extra seat, please call Dan at 461-1252. A Go/No Go decision will be made and information on "Ride Central" will be available. Unless otherwise indicated, all flyouts will be at noon. Remember that our minimums are 3000 and 5.

If weather cancels a flyout, our alternate will be International House of Pancakes,

8932 Hillcrest Rd, (Benjamin Plaza) at 10:00 a.m.********* New Location *********

February 28 -
Those of you who missed our last flyout to Stockton Municipal missed a really good turn out of people. This was one of the best turn outs we have had in the past recent months. A total of 21 people showed up at Stockton to have lunch at "Yesterday's". We showed up at the Stockton airport around noon time, I being one of the last to arrive. Stewart who is the airport manager had a vehicle waiting for us to transport all 21 of us to town. Our special thanks go out to Stewart for all his help on this flyout. Of course not all 21 of us could fit into the vehicle at one time so we had to make two trips. Sara McKinley volunteered to taxi us to the restaurant. The problem we had however, no one knew how to get there including Sara. The first bunch piled or should I say "crammed" themselves into the large Suburban. I elected to stay behind for the second ride and boy am I glad I did. The rest of us patiently waited at the airport for our taxi driver to return. As I said we patiently waited and waited and waited until our ride showed up. Sara indicated that she would never let another man give her directions again. Had the men allowed Sara to make a right turn as she suggested instead of the left turn she made on the advice of the men they would have found the place much quicker. Of course the second trip was a breeze knowing exactly where the restaurant was. In spite of the mass confusion we all made it there and had a wonderful lunch. Sara you did a wonderful job. The restaurant however wasn't quite prepared for all 21 of us but did a really good job in serving us and the food was very good. Everyone had a safe return to their starting point and we all had a fantastic time. I encourage everyone to become involved in these flyouts because they are an exciting experience. Until next time BE SAFE and HAPPY FLYING! Danny

March 27 & 28 - Cosmosphere at Hutchinson, KS.

April 25 - Miami County for lunch.

June 4-6 - MPA Convention in Springfield. (May Flyout)

June 26 - Rosecrans Airport (St. Joseph). Tour of facility with Maj. Sloan. (Pending) July 24 & 25 - Pioneer Village at Minden, NE. (Pending)

FYI we are also invited to attend KPA Flyouts.

*** 03-13-99 Bolivar, MO (M17) for breakfast at 9:00 A.M.

*** 05-15-99 Chanute, Ks.(CNU) 10:30 A.M. Safari Museum.






WINGS - Congratulations to anyone completing their WINGS in the last two months. Remember, send a copy of your certificate to the Chapter. Also let the editor know @ 942-8428 or email at paturk@planetkc.com..

The State Wings Contest runs from April 1st thru March 31st each year. Letís make the WINGS year WINGS Safe. All it takes is one hour of air work, one hour of takeoffs and landings, one hour of instrument and a safety meeting. It is the responsibility of each chapter Safety Chairperson to keep track of all their WINGS participants. So -- please -- keep Chapter Safety Chairman, Chris St. Germain, informed upon the completion of any phase. (9102 E. 50th Terrace, K.C., MO 64133) (Phone OR Fax 358-2150)

Wings Safety Meeting - March 16, Clay Co. Reg. Apt. Approach Control, GPS Approaches, & A,B,Cís of National Airspace.

Safety Tip - Traffic patterns help to organize the aircraft at an airport, but also concentrate it. Don't assume that all the traffic will follow the rules, or land and take off into the wind. Expect the traffic everywhere, then you won't be surprised. At fields with a tower, did you know your clearance is simply the right to use the runway? The controllers are actually providing separation on the ground, not in the air. Chris

MPA Board Meetings - This is a reminder that any member can attend our chapter board meetings. They are held on the first Tuesday of the month, excluding holidays, at Executive Beechcraft, Downtown Airport, at 7:00 P.M. We always welcome your advice and assistance, and the hospitality is great.

MPA State Board Meetings - Anyone can attend the State board meeting. Check the M.P.A. News for meeting date and location. Make this your additional flyout.

"May Day"