February Gateway meeting:† Wednesday, February 11 at the Columns in St. Charles.† Lt. Col. Gilbert Hostler, USAF Ret., will speak on his flying exploits during WW II and his participation in the atomic bomb testing at Eniwetok and Bikini atolls.† We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us!† Dinner will be tossed salad, cream of tomato soup, sliced London broil, baked tilapia with lemon sauce, cauliflower au gratin, Lyonaise potatoes, rolls and butter, and lemon roulade cake 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,† February 9.† †Please join us and remember to bring a friend
Forty-four members and guests heard Bill Switzer, Federal Security Director for† the south-central region, which includes Lambert International Airport, Mid-America airport and 38 general aviation airports.† Prior to this assignment, Bill was a career naval aviator and a member of the Blue Angels in the early 1970s.† Bill discussed his TSA (Transportation Security Administration) duties and those of the federal screeners.† The take home message is that if you see something suspicious, be very attuned to the details of what you are witnessing then call the police or FBI as soon as possible.† Also, donít put anything valuable in your checked luggage.† While all Federal searches are videotaped and a note is placed in your bag if it is searched, there are no similar safeguards in other baggage handling areas.
We would like to extend a special welcome to Tim Baker and Ron Roberson, potential new members who attended our January meeting:† We hope to see you both at future meetings and fly-outs.
The Presidentís Corner.† With the approach of a new fly-out season, we have been working to improve our fly-outs and increase participation this coming year.† For the past several years Brian Brinker has been our fly-out chairman and has done a wonderful job.† He knows where the good food is!† Due to Brianís heavy student workload, he has decided not to serve in the capacity of chairman this year.† We will miss his services, but it is good to know that the student pilot population is increasing. †Hopefully Brian is teaching them about Gateway chapter also.† Since it is difficult for one person to attend all the fly-outs, due to work and family obligations, I am trying to get two or even three people to share the job of fly-out chairman this year. †The first to volunteer is Doug Allen.† Doug certainly has the experience and is well known to our members.† Thank you, Doug!† We need one or two more pilots to help Doug soon.† One problem possibly unique to our chapter is that we fly from so many different airports.† Coordination on fly-out morning is hard at best.† We will work on that problem and also decide on an alternate plan when the weather is bad.† This all needs to be done for our season opener in March.
I want to thank Jan Pocock for volunteering to take over the 50/50 job for our chapter!† It really helps when folks volunteer their time and services and the 50/50 proceeds nearly pay for our speakersí dinners.
Since the contract with The Columns was up for renewal, it was the perfect time to discuss the fall picnic idea since we would have to amend our contract.† Well, the vote came in at two yeas and about 36 nays.† We will stay with the June picnic.† Good news:† the dinner prices stay the same again this year.† There will be some minor changes in the menus; however there will continue to be healthy choices.
Well, that covers the two issues important to pilots - flying and food.†
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:† When planning a winter cross-country flight, remember to dress for the cold conditions and carry survival gear in your airplane in case a forced landing becomes necessary.† Also remember that visual references over snow covered terrain are much different from those under normal conditions.