August 2003

August Gateway meeting: Wednesday, August 13 at the Columns in St. Charles. Aerobatics instructors John Teipen and Jim Hines will discuss unusual attitudes and upset training, or how to prevent a really bad day when that low and slow 757 flips your airplane inverted. We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us! This is your opportunity to learn a strategy for survival while you enjoy the camaraderie of fellow pilots. Dinner will be fresh fruit tray, minestrone, pork loin with red bell pepper sauce, fried catfish, rice pilaf, Italian green beans, rolls and margarine, and short bread cookies for dessert. Dinner is still $13/person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm and the meeting and program get underway at 7:30 pm. Phone your dinner reservations by Monday, evening, 11 August, to Jean Murry at 314-469-3541.

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Our July program was hosted by Tony Petruso who narrated his slides of the trip that he, his wife, Rosemary, and Will and Carl Schaffner took in June, 2002, to the Short Wing Piper Convention in Midland-Odessa, TX. The flight home included stops at Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell NM (home of the UFOs), Big Brutus (an 11-million pound electric mining shovel), several museums, and a lot of good food and fond memories. We thank Tony for sharing his trip with us.

Despite spectacularly lovely weather in St., Louis, the fly-out to Gastons on July 13 was postponed due to marginal weather in Arkansas. On July 20, seven members flew in three aircraft to enjoy a riverside brunch at Gastons. Unfortunately, a gear-up landing caused the temporary closure of Gaston's grass strip, and Steve Palmer, Spanky, Don Kramme and Harold Booher diverted to Baxter and were shuttled back in Gastons' van. Steve Galati, Steve Pierce, Bill Darnell and his camera arrived after the runway was cleared. See Bill's pictures in our chapter scrapbook. Our next chapter fly-out will be to Qunicy IL on August 10. Here's hoping for blue skies and tailwinds, preferably in both directions.

Congratulations to ace flight instructor Ed Meyer, who has been named a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for recreational and private pilot certificates.

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA: If your plane is equipped with an IFR-certified GPS but you're not equipped with the expertise to use it, now's the time to get together with a flight instructor who is familiar with your model GPS and go out and practice GPS approaches.
President's Corner: The Board meeting in Columbia on July 13, was a changing of the guard with ex-president Bob Crandell handing over the gavel to Carolyn Morris. Carolyn has some definite ideas to help MPA, and we will hear more about it during the year. We were fortunate to have Carolyn and Jim as Gateway's guests last October, and we wish her the best of luck. Congratulations to Bob Crandell for an excellent job as our past president.

A fun something to put on your calendar is the state MPA's Poker Run to be held September 27. The route will Start at Jefferson City and go to Mexico, Hannibal, Kirksville, Marshall and home. There will be a poster at the August Gateway meeting with more details. It will be even more convenient for us in the eastern part of the state this year so I hope to see more people from Gateway participate.

Thank you to the State Board in Columbia for their round of applause for the Gateway Chapter's successful 49th convention. It seems that everyone had a good time and there really were no major problems. Many of our members worked hard. The 2004 convention is still in the planning stages, but it will be somewhere at the Lake of the Ozarks and probably on June 11 and 12. Start planning now for a fun event!

We were saddened to learn that the Chairwoman of the State Board, Theda Benningfield, passed away recently. She was a true aviation pioneer in Missouri and our condolences go to her family.

We were saddened by the passing of Neva Schaffner on June 28. Neva graced our welcome table for several years and was a good friend of our chapter. Our condolences go out to Will, Carl, and all of the Schaffner family.

100th Anniversary of Flight T-shirts: Jean Murry is placing another T-shirt order soon. Buy another one for yourself or give one as a gift. To place your order see Jean at the meeting or call her at 314-469-3541. The shirts come in navy or beige, sizes S, M, L, XL, and XXL. Price per T-shirt is $15 if you pick it up in person or $18 to have it mailed to you.

Shadeport for rent: Sydney Hoeltzli and Rod Cadanau wish to sublet their shadeport at SUS for a few months. If interested, call them at 314 647-1803.

Attention Piper Tri-Pacer Owners: The Aviation Consumer is preparing a used aircraft guide on the Piper Tri-Pacer for the October, 2003, issue. They invite comments on "what it's like to own these airplanes, how much they cost to operate, maintain and insure, and what they're like to fly." Send correspondence by August 10th to Aviation Consumer, P.O. Box 575, Laurel, FL 34272 or e-mail your comments to

Chuck Maggart Libby Yunger
Gateway President Newsletter Editor
(314) 731-0199 (314) 725-0428

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