Christmastime is here – time for the annual Gateway Chapter Christmas party on Wednesday, December 14, at the Columns in St. Charles. Jim Hostler and friends will provide musical entertainment and sing-along. Santa Claus will again be in attendance to referee our annual rob-thy-neighbor gift exchange. If you would like to participate in the mayhem – I mean festivities – bring a wrapped gift worth approximately $10. The dinner buffet will include Tossed salad, New England clam chowder, carved prime rib, baked salmon with mustard dill sauce, baked potato, vegetable blend medley, and rolls and butter. We invite everyone to bring a plate of cookies, pastries, or other goodies to share for dessert. Dinner is $14/person. Doors open at 6 pm, serving begins at 6:30 pm. There will be a very brief meeting at 7:30 followed by caroling and the party. Phone your dinner reservations to Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by 3 pm Monday, December 12. Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.
At the December meeting, we will continue to collect clothing, cleaning supplies and small personal items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, etc.) for Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims. This will be put with donations from the other MPA chapters to create one large MPA donation. We will also be collecting canned goods and food staples for the Charitas Center.
Twenty-nine members and guests attended our November meeting at the Columns. Steve Long from the St. Louis FSDO gave a safety seminar on maintenance requirements for Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA) which are built by an aircraft manufacturer and Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA) which are built by the owner. In addition to the new Sport Aircraft rating for pilots, the FAA has created a Repairman certification which allows a person with 120 hrs of FAA-accepted training to repair and inspect his own light sport aircraft or any like aircraft for compensation. A repairman can also perform major repairs if he has had FAA-acceptable training on that repair. Since SLSA are built to an industry consensus standard, there is no type certification. Manufacturer’s Safety Directives (MSD) will replace ADs, and compliance with the MSD is mandatory. However, the owner has the option to recertify his SLSA as an experimental aircraft if he chooses not to comply with an MSD. The law also allows “heavy” ultralights and kit aircraft that don’t meet the 50% rule to be recertified as ELSA prior to January, 2008. ADs on propellers, engines, and other components installed on an SLSA or ELSA must be complied with and logged. For more information see the FAA website: http://www.faa.gov/library/manuals/examiners_inspectors/8300/volume2/media/2_008_00.pdf
We were pleased to welcome new members Art and Candy Zemon at our November meeting. We hope to see them at many future meetings.
The overcast cleared, and six members and guests in two airplanes made it to The Landing Place at Cape Girardeau MO (CGI) on Sunday, November 13. Our December fly-out is to Quincy, IL (UIN) on Sunday, December 18. Participants should plan to arrive at UIN by 12:30 pm. Everyone is also invited to the Christmas pot-luck lunch at the MPA state board meeting at noon on December 11 at Columbia Regional (COU) airport.
The Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) that combines the Super Safety Seminar and the GSLFIA Flight Instructors Revalidation Clinic is scheduled for January 7-8, 2006 at the Busch Student Center at St. Louis University. We hope many of our members will plan to attend. Featured speakers include Scott Crossfield, Cathé Fish, and Bud Anderson. The Gateway Chapter MPA will have a booth at the MACTS to educate the attendees about our group and solicit new members. If you are planning to attend the conference and could spend a couple of hours in the booth, please contact Bob Kraemer (email link below). For more information on the conference, visit the MACTS web site at www.macts.org/index.html
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA: More of us are flying aircraft with sophisticated technologies such as glass cockpits and three-dimensional autopilots. Reliance on these electronic helpers can cause our stick and rudder skills to grow rusty. It is important to occasionally turn off all the electronic equipment and get back to basics. Keep your elementary flying skills sharp. You’ll be glad you did if someday it becomes necessary to hand-fly an approach in IFR conditions.
We currently have 29 members signed up to receive the Gateway Flyer electronically. If you would prefer to receive an electronic newsletter in your e-mail each month rather than a paper copy in your mailbox, please send me your e-mail address or give me your e-mail address at the December meeting.