August 2004

Please plan to attend the August Gateway Chapter meeting:  Wednesday, August 11, at the Columns in St. Charles.  Susan Foy, Major, USAF, of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base will speak on her experiences as an Air Force pilot and the USAF BASH (Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard) Team.  The dinner buffet will include fresh fruit tray, minestrone, BBQ pork steaks, crusted pecan baked catfish, oven roasted potatoes, honey glazed carrots, rolls and butter, and oreo dream bars for dessert.  Dinner is still just $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 to Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by Monday evening, August 9.   Everyone who brings a guest to the meeting gets a free 50/50 ticket.

Twenty-six members and guests enjoyed the dinner buffet and shared flying stories at our ill-fated July meeting.  Our scheduled speaker, Major Susan Foy, our president-elect Bob Kraemer and treasurer, Libby Yunger, were unable to attend the meeting due to family commitments.  Ever undaunted, we will try again this month!

The July fly-out to Grand Glaize on Sunday, July 18, was a great success.  Nine planes and 24 members and guests made the trip including a young man who received his first flight from Steve Galati and a couple who joined us from the St. Louis Chapter.  The group was met by Jim and Carolyn Morris of the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter, who along with Bob and Donna Crandell, shuttled everyone to lunch at Scorecards.  As Chuck Maggart said, “The food was delicious, prices very reasonable, service great and the camaraderie was fantastic.  I couldn’t even hear myself talk!  What a group!”  The next chapter fly-out will be Saturday, August 28, to Mexico MO (MYJ) for Zenith’s Open House (rain date is August 29).  Make plans to join us.  Call Doug Allen if you need a lift or if you have room for an extra passenger or two (636-441-8112, home, or 636-734-3447, cell). 

One of our new members, Andrew Hesketh, is also a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at Boeing.  Because of the overlapping interests of MPA and AIAA, he has suggested having a joint meeting of the two organizations at the Columns.  President Bob Kraemer would appreciate input from our membership regarding this possibility. 

Safety tip of the Month from Rich Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  Sometimes things just seem to go wrong in the sky.  Maybe you’ve had an instrument failure in IFR, or you’re low on fuel and there’s not an airport in sight, or you’re just plain lost. Don’t hesitate to declare an emergency or to ask for priority handling before things get entirely out of hand.  Swallow hard, admit you have a problem, and use the air traffic system to your advantage.  If necessary, squawk 7700 or contact 121.5. Seeking help from the system may prevent an emergency from turning into a disaster.

On a personal note, I would like to thank the MPA members for their thoughts and prayers on the recent death of my mother.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428


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