February 2007

The February Gateway Meeting is Wednesday February 14th Valentine's Day at the Columns in St. Charles. We invite All MPA members, their SWEETHEARTS and guests to Please come and join us!

Our guest speaker will be Mike Gaffney from Skyline Aeronautics located at Spirit Airport. Mike is a FAAST Team Lead Representative for the Central Region. He is also an A&P mechanic, ATP pilot with a CFI, CFII and CFMEI with over 3500 hours to his credit. Mike is a Cessna, Diamond and Symphony Aircraft FITS Accepted Instructor and is accomplished in a Mooney and Beech TAA aircraft. He is the author of "G1000 Complete" the FITS accepted tutorial software. He was designated a Master Ground Instructor by the National Association of Flight Instructors. He was also named the 2006 Greater ST. Louis Flight Instructor of the year. Mike was just named the 2007 FAA Regional CFI of the year. Mike will talk to us about "Emergency Preparedness: Contingency Planning for Pilots". Great information for all pilots.


Although we will be staying at the Columns in St. Charles, our dinner meeting night may change from time to time. For example: February's meeting will be on the 14th, the second Wednesday of the month as usual.
But, the March meeting will be on March the 7th, the First Wednesday of March. Please watch your calendar of events schedule, the changes will be posted there.


For Dinner on the buffet we will have: Tossed Salad, Cream of Tomato Soup, Sliced London Broil, Baked Tilapia w/Lemon Sauce, Cauliflower Au Gratin, Lyonnaise Potatoes, Rolls & Butter and Lemon Roulade Cake for dessert.
Dinner is $14.00 per person. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Serving begins at 6:30.
The program starts at 7:30, with a short business meeting to follow. Please phone your dinner reservations to Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by 3:00 on Monday, February 12th. Please join us and bring your Sweetheart.


Now that we have settled into winter flying, things like preheating that cold engine and a little heat for the cabin, so those instruments won't have to spin up against the cold. Depending on the airport of intended landing, a call ahead to check on runway conditions , would be a good idea as well as other services for your aircraft and passengers. Last but not least, remember that the beautiful winter wonderland below can become deadly in a forced landing. Be prepared with things like a wool blanket, some extra clothing, a couple of large plastic bags, and a container with dry matches and some power bars would be good.
It is Called Risk Management.
Fly Safe, Rick

The deadline for the New Member Contest has been extended until the June Gateway Chapter Meeting. So, you have more time to recruit new members and win a flight with Captain Bob Kraemer in the C-47 as your prize.
Sure hope You are a Winner.


Jan 19-21 Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (MATCS) Busch Student Center, St. Louis University
Jan 10 Gateway Chapter meeting. Guest speaker John Murphy will talk on his career in aviation
Jan 13 MPA State meeting at the Columbia Regional Airport. All members are welcome.
Feb 10 MPA State meeting at the Columbia Regional Airport. All members are welcome.
Feb 14 Gateway Chapter meeting at the Columns in St. Charles. Mike Gaffney from Skyline will be our speaker.
Mar 10 MPA State meeting at the Columbia Regional Airport. All members are welcome.
Mar 14 Gateway Chapter meeting at the Columns in St. Charles.
Sean Goding from the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum will be the speaker.
Apr 11 Gateway Chapter meeting at the Columns in St. Charles.
Apr 14 MPA State meeting at the Columbia Regional airport. All members are welcome.
May 5-6 Great Midwest Regional Fly IN-Drive In at the St. Louis Downtown airport.

Gateway Chapter meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. The MPA State meetings are the second Sunday of each month.
As of today, I do not have any fly-out information. Please get any information to me so I can place them in the newsletter. Phone: 636-696-0994 (home) or email (see link below).

Fly-Outs: Arrive at destination at 12:30 P.M. Minimums for fly-outs are 3000 ft, 5 miles and 15 kts at each airport. Call Harold Booher at 314-550-8887 between 9:30 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. on the morning of the fly-out to verify destination and if there are any weather issues or to arrange a ride. You can always just show up at Creve Coeur Airport that morning.
If minimums are not met the chapter fly-out is postponed but individuals may proceed on their own.

If you have any other events, please send me an email.

Bob Crandell

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