August Gateway meeting: Wednesday, August 10 at the Columns in St. Charles. Don Dunne and a group of former Ozark employees will relate memories of their years with Ozark Air Lines. We invite all MPA members, former Ozark employees, and their guests to join us! Dinner buffet will include fresh fruit tray, minestrone soup, barbequed pork steaks, pecan-crusted baked catfish, oven roasted potatoes, honey glazed carrots, rolls and butter and Oreo dream bars for dessert. Dinner is $14/person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm and the program gets underway at 7:30 pm with a short business meeting to follow. Phone your dinner reservations to Libby Yunger at 314-725-0428 by 3 pm Monday, August 8. Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.
Twenty-nine members and guests attended the July meeting. Ken Smith, a former Navy F-14 radio intercept officer (RIO), entertained us with a summary of his Navy exploits illustrated with some very amusing cartoons and photographs. In the 15 minutes of fame category, his squadron flew in the movie Top Gun, and his name is in the movie credits. Ken was decommissioned from the Navy in 1994, and he is currently an independent financial advisor. During the second half of his talk, Ken discussed the reverse mortgage, a mechanism by which seniors, 62 year and older, can obtain up to $215,000 in cash from equity in their home. A reverse mortgage is a loan secured by home equity that is insured by the FHA and that requires no repayment as long as the recipient lives in his home. Reverse mortgage payments can be received as monthly income, a line of credit, a lump sum, or a combination monthly income and line of credit. The money can be used for any purpose, even buying an airplane or taking a fancy vacation. Since the funds are a loan, they are tax-free and do not affect Social Security benefits. Anyone wishing further information on reverse mortgages can contact Ken at 314-275-9190 or 314-660-1657.
We were happy to welcome guests Gene Berg and Jerry Knopp, who we hope will join us as members. Gene moved here from Destin FL and is currently seeking a 50% partnership in a 1969 Piper Cherokee Six 300 that is hangared at Spirit of St. Louis (SUS) airport. The plane has a new three bladed prop, a Garmin GNS 430 and King KX 155 Nav/Com, both with glideslope, and the engine has a fresh Lycoming factory overhaul. The partnership is $59,900. For more information, call Gene at 636-332-6939.
We are happy to report that Brian Brinker is home following quadruple by-pass surgery and is doing very well. He hopes to be back at work after Labor Day and is looking forward to getting back into flying.
Rick Albrecht announced plans for the Midwest Aviation Conference and Tradeshow to be held at St. Louis University on January 5-6, 2006. This conference will replace the flight instructor revalidation clinic and the super safety seminar. It is sponsored jointly by the GSLFIA and the St. Louis FSDO.
Bob Crandall discussed his role as an Aviation Explorer Post Advisor, perhaps the only one in the state of Missouri. This program provides mentoring for teenagers who may be interested becoming pilots or in pursuing careers in commercial or military aviation. Bob shared some of his success stories with us.
Members on the Move: Don Kramme won an Anywhere Map PVS GPS system at the state convention in Neosho. Don Moonen flew his Cardinal to California – perhaps this is a program for a future meeting! Jean Murry is off to Haiti with Wings of Hope.
Our August fly-out is to Lake Barkley, KY (1M9) on Sunday, August 14. Participants should plan to arrive at Lake Barkley at approximately 12:30 pm. Tailwinds Restaurant is now open at the airport in Columbia, MO. Hours of operation are 8 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 9 pm on Saturday, and 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday.
News from State: The MPA state board meeting scheduled for October 8 will be hosted by Les Featherston at Rebels Bluff airport in Mt. Vernon, MO. The 2006 State convention will be June 9-11 at Lee’s Summit airport. Mark your calendars and plan to attend these events.
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA: All this hot humid weather brings to mind the decay in aircraft performance that occurs in high density altitude conditions. Check your POH for changes in take-off distance and for recommendations regarding aircraft weight and loading as a function of density altitude. It may be necessary to reduce your passenger or fuel load to depart safely from a short runway and to improve aircraft performance. Also remember that performance of an older aircraft can be significantly degraded from the handbook specifications, so add in at least a 25% fudge factor for safety. On very hot days or at high elevation fields, don’t forget to lean your engine to best power prior to take-off. Also remember that a high density altitude take-off resembles a soft-field take-off – keep the aircraft nose parallel to the runway until adequate climb velocity is achieved.
Joe Dobronski’s autobiography, A Sky Full of Challenges, is now available at sever Borders Book Stores in the St. Louis area in the local author section. The book can still be order directly from Joe. The price is $25 cash and carry, or add $2.50 for shipping and handling. Contact J.F. Dobronski,
1008 Cla-Ter-Ri Dr., Ballwin, MO 63011, or www.omnishops.com/TestPilot.