Wednesday, March 3rd

You won't want to miss our special speaker for the March meeting:

Dick Hrabko

Richard Hrabko, who may be best know to our chapter members as the President of the Saint Louis Fair & Air Show, will be our guest speaker on March 3rd, 2010.

Richard Hrabko started at Spirit Airport at the age of 26 in charge of Air Traffic Control at the airport after serving in the Navy from 1956 to 1963 as an aerial navigator and certified air traffic controller.

He became aviation director for St. Louis County in 1980, leading Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield and developing it into an employment center with 3,000 employees and 130 businesses.

He retired in 2009 as Director of Lambert Saint Louis International Airport after serving in that position for several years. With four and a half decades of an aviation background in airports, Dick is able to provide a wealth of information about his experiences. We hope that he will share his views of the differences between running Spirit of St Louis airport vs. St Louis Lambert International airport.

We will meet at the Sunset Lakes Banquet Center at 13366 W. Watson Road in Sappington, MO 63127. Our private dining room overlooking the beautiful golf course opens at 6 PM with dinner being served at 7 PM and our program at 8 PM. Cost is $18.

Please, please call Candy Stewart before February 26th at 314-651-7097 or send an eMail to RSVP@MoPilots.US so that we can give an accurate count to Sunset Lakes Banquet Center.

AND we are delighted to announce that the bridge on West Watson is OPEN! You can now reach the Banquet Center off of Gravois via West Watson! YEA!

For door-to-door driving directions to Sunset Lakes Banquet Center Click Here.

March Fly Out will be to Jefferson City for:

The Board of Directors of the Missouri Pilots Association has set aside Wednesday, March 24, 2010 as State Aviation Day. For the last 4 years, our membership has met with their legislators on this day. Our agenda remains the same, however this year we will meet for a buffet luncheon in the Capitol. To support this yearly endeavor the St. Louis Chapter will plan our March flyout to Jefferson City.

We plan to spend the morning with visits to our legislators, (invite them for lunch!) Then we will meet at the Capitol Rotunda 3rd floor alcove at 11:30 AM for a lovely lunch catered by the ladies from The Gallery (where we had our Aviation Day celebration last year)

Plan to fly in or drive in! Transportation will be available to and from the Jefferson City Airport. (JEF). Check the website ( for more information.

SEE YOU at State Aviation Day! March 24, 2010, 11:30 AM,
Missouri Capitol Rotunda 3rd Floor Alcove, Jefferson City, MO

New/Different 50-50 Format

Starting in January we launched a different 50-50 drawing to add even more interest to our meetings! Half of the money collected from the purchase of 50-50 tickets will be awarded to the person who draws the joker from a deck of cards. If no one draws the joker at this meeting the money will be held over until the next meeting. The 50-50 pot continues to grow until someone picks the joker! Come to the meeting & learn more! and try your luck!

St. Louis Chapter February Flyout to Hermann, MO.

Taking advantage of a lull between winter storms, 21 aviators and friends made their way to Hermann, Missouri to enjoy lunch and fellowship. The weather was crisp (i.e. cold) and sunny but perfect for enjoying the beautiful, snow-covered landscape as it rolled past below. 5 aircraft and 2 vehicles met at the Hermann airport (63M) and with the help of several very accommodating locals we proceeded by car across the Missouri river to the quaint town of Hermann.

There we lunched at "Wings-A-Blazin" restaurant, famous for hot wings served multiple ways, as well as chicken "lips", wraps, salads, and sandwiches.

The restaurant's owner, Lief (Big) Johnson, a former Air Force Cadet, Fighter & Cargo Pilot, Flight Test Engineer, who retired after 20 years in the Air Force as a Reservist at Scott AFB, entertained us with stories of his adventures past and present. He now flies for Southwest Airlines, and in addition to his restaurant, owns and operates several bed and breakfasts in town. His wife Beth, who runs the resturant, made sure service was exceptional.

The restaurant itself is worth the visit. The walls arecovered with memorabilia from Lief's career. The outside of the restaurant features the front end of a P-51 Mustang seemingly flying out of the second floor of the red brick building. And don't miss the men's restroom, which we won't describe here. You will have to visit and see for yourself.

It was a great day of fellowship with friends both new and old. And isn't that just what flying is all about?

We made the local news! See