July 2005

July Gateway meeting:  Wednesday, July 13 at the Columns in St. Charles.   Ken Smith, former Navy F-14 Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) will talk on using reverse mortgage to finance your retirement (including aircraft purchases).  Perhaps we can get him to talk a little bit about his Navy days as well.  We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us!  Dinner buffet will include tossed salad, chicken rice soup, mango grazed chicken, barbequed pork steaks, au gratin potatoes, buttered corn, rolls and butter, and strawberry shortcake 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 Jean Murry at 314-469-3541 by 3 pm Monday, July 9.   Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.

Thirty-nine members and guests attended our annual picnic at Smartt Field in June.  Unfortunately a band of strong storms moved through the area in the late afternoon and several people who had planned to attend were unable to negotiate the downed trees and bad road conditions.   However, those folks who could make it came hungry, and we ran out of everything except desserts!  Rick and Gen Albrecht provided musical entertainment and Bob Kraemer had the C-47 open for visits. 

At the picnic, Bob Crandell presented Jean Murry with an award from the state MPA organization
for many years of hard work and dedication in the aviation field.

Despite the bad weather, the state convention at Neosho was a success.  Don Kramme reported that he was grounded at Springfield MO for about two hours to allow the severe weather to pass, while at the Neosho airport the storms blew over a tent.  However, the weather cleared in time for the banquet, which was attended by about 125 people.  Dick Rutan was a particularly informative speaker.

Due to the weather, the fly-out to Gastons was postponed until June 19, a beautiful sunny day.  Three planes and six members and guests attended.  By all accounts the buffet was top notch.  Photos are at http:www.steve.dewright.us/homeplanes.htm.  The Gateway Chapter July fly-out is scheduled for Sunday July 17 to Sparta IL (SAR).  There are a couple of restaurant choices at Sparta, so come along and join the fun. 

Brian Brinker suffered a heart attach on Saturday, June 18, and has since undergone quadruple by-pass surgery at SSM Medical Center.  He is now at home and has begun rehab.  We wish him a speedy recovery.

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  Listen up aircraft owners and renters.  Chec kyour aircraft engine and prop logbooks and make certain that your aircraft complies with all ADs that come due between your aircraft annuals.  For example, some engine ADs require an oil change every 50 hrs, or some brands of magnetos and ignition switches also have time-sensitive ADs.  ELT battery replacement and transponder checks must be done every 24 months, and it is the ownerís and PICís responsibilities to make certain these tasks are completed on scheduled (and logged).  If you are an aircraft renter, be aware of the ADs and other required maintenance on the aircraft you rent and check the logbooks to be certain your rental aircraft is in compliance.

Joe Dobronskiís 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.

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428

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