December Gateway meeting/Christmas Party: Wednesday, December 10 at the Columns in St. Charles. Everyone is invited to bring a few cookies or a dessert to be shared with everyone after the meal. Following dinner Mrs. Susan Lowe will play the piano and lead us a few of our favorite Christmas carols. After the carols, we will again have a “rob your neighbor” gift exchange. If you would like to join in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $10. Santa’s helper, Bob Kraemer, will host the madness, oops, festivities again this year. The gift exchange is a crowd pleaser especially after a few highly sought after gifts get into circulation. We invite all members and their guests to join us! Dinner will be Waldorf salad, clam chowder, prime rib, baked red snapper, baked potato, green beans almandine, rolls and margarine. Dinner is still just $13 per person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm followed by the gift exchange at 7:30 pm. Please get your dinner reservations in to Jean Murry (314-469-3541) by Monday evening, December 8.
At our November meeting, Gateway member Bob Linenweber’s excellent presentation gave us insight into the job of an FAA operations inspector and where they fit in the DOT hierarchy. If a pilot or mechanic is cited with a potential violation, the inspector is the first person with whom he will likely deal. As the job title implies, the operations inspector will attempt to determine the cause of the problem and will work with others in the FAA to recommend corrective action. The corrective action could be anything from a letter to remedial training, a check ride or possibly a hearing by an administrative law judge. We all hope we never have a brush with the disciplinary arm of the FAA, but Bob’s talk was certainly informative if we ever do.
Four very special guests at our November meeting were Julie, Jack, Tom
and Bob Byrnes, four of the
five members of Jim and Rosemary Byrnes’ family. Jim was one of the
founders of our chapter and a lifetime member of the MPA. The Byrnes family
presented a $2,500 donation to the Jim Byrnes Memorial First Flight Fund.
This fund was established by Gateway Chapter as a way to honor a great flight
instructor and member of the St. Louis aviation community. We feel that the
fund will perpetuate Jim’s memory by introducing young potential pilots to
aviation. We sincerely appreciate the donation and thank the Byrnes family
for presenting it in person. Additional donations are always welcome and
are fully tax deductible. Left to Right in the photo are:
Jan Pocock, Bob Byrnes, Jack Byrnes, Linda McCollough, Tom Byrnes, Julie Byrnes, and Rick Albrecht.
We learned that the St. Louis Science Center at Forest Park currently has an aviation display on which the Ninety-Nines helped. This sounds like a “must do” on your holiday activities list.
Sunny skies shone down on the chapter fly-out to Mattoon IL on November 9, and 11 members and guests made the flight in four airplanes. Click Me for photos of the fly-out. The last fly-out of the season is our annual fly-out/drive-in to Kilroy’s Restaurant at St. Charles County (Smartt) Field. Please note that it has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 21 at noon.
Our condolences go out to Flo Wyatt and her family on the loss of her sister last month following a long illness.
Last chance to purchase 100th Anniversary of Flight T-shirts: We will no longer be selling 100th Anniversary of Flight T-shirts after the December meeting. The shirts feature the Wright flyer and will make excellent Christmas gifts. They come in navy or beige, sizes M, L, XL, and XXL. Price per T-shirt is $15 ($16 for XXL) if you pick them up in person or add $3 s&h per shirt to have them mailed to you. To place an order contact Jean Murry at 314-469-3541.