May 2004

May Gateway meeting:  Wednesday, May 12 at the Columns in St. Charles.  Bill Hopper will speak on helicopter operations and good neighbor policies at general aviation airports.  The dinner buffet will include fresh fruit tray, garden vegetable medley, sliced roast beef au jus, chicken cacciatore, garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and carrots, rolls and butter, and lemon bar with raspberry sauce 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, May 10.  Please join us and remember to bring a friend.  Everyone who brings a guest to the meeting gets a free 50/50 ticket.

The May meeting is also the election of officers.  The nominees are:

            President:  Bob Kraemer

            Vice President  Doug Allen

            Secretary:  Jean Murry

            Treasurer:  Libby Yunger

Board of Directors:  Doug Geldbach, Joe Malkowsky, Don Moonen, and Dr. Bill Sill,

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Only 32 members and guests were present at our April meeting to hear Bob Kraemer discuss the history of closed course air racing in the United States and his sponsorship of Rare Bear, a highly modified F8F-2 Bearcat that holds the closed-course speed record for propeller-driven aircraft.  Rare Bear set speed records winning the unlimited gold race at the Reno Air Races in the early 1990s, but engine problems and a lack of money side-lined her in 1999.  Thanks to many small donations by air racing fans, the Bear is back in the air and is again a leading competitor at Reno.  Visit the Rare Bear web site,, to learn how you, too, can sponsor the Bear; itís tax deductible!  Those of you who stayed home missed a really good presentation.

Carolyn and Jim Morris were guests at the April meeting.  Carolyn is president of the State MPA organization.  She encouraged us to write to our state senators expressing our opposition to the portion of Senate Bill 830 that would end the jet fuel tax in 2005 (currently the end date is 2008).  Since the jet fuel tax provides much of the funding for general aviation airports, moving the end date forward by three years could have a negative effect on planned airport improvements.  Jim  Morris discussed the program and activities planned for the State Convention at Lake of the Ozarks from June 11-13, 2004 (see the attached calendar of events).

Jim Hostlerís guest at the April meeting was his uncle, Lt. Col. Gilbert Hostler USAF Ret.  We are happy to see that he is recovering from his recent surgery and look forward to hearing him speak on his participation in the atomic bomb testing at Eniwetok and Bikini atolls at our October meeting.

The winds of April prevented our scheduled fly-out.
However, several members did attend the fly-in at Festus Memorial Airport.

The next chapter fly-out will be to Richardís Farm Restaurant in Casey, IL  (1H8) on Sunday, May 16.  The buffet at Richardís is wonderful so make plans to join us.  Call Doug Allen if you need a lift or if you have room for an extra passenger or two (636-441-8112, home, or 636-734-3447, cell).

The Presidentís Corner.  Thanks to our nominating committee, consisting of Rick Albrecht, Walt Gummersheimer and Steve Pierce, we have a slate of officers and directors for your consideration at the May elections.  I really appreciate their efforts in support of our chapter.  I think Libby will include the slate in her newsletter so I wonít repeat it here.  We will still accept nominations from the floor prior to the election.

Gateway received our quarterly rebate from the state organization recently.  This time it amounted to ninety-three dollars.  I wanted to mention that because it is one benefit of being affiliated with the MPA.  As you know, Gateway and the other chapters do not charge dues as such and we partially rely on the state rebate from new members and renewals to offset our expenses.  Although we are the largest state pilots association, we always need new members to help protect our privileges to fly.  Bring along a friend and encourage them to join us!

Please consider attending the State Convention hosted by the Lake of the Ozarks chapter on June 11-13 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort.  Application forms are in the MPA NEWS and on the MPA web site.  This is a good opportunity to talk with pilots from all over the state, hear interesting speakers and relax a little.

I noticed that the new hangars at Smartt Field are finally open and partially occupied.  If you are interested in a hangar, call Tracy Smith at 636-250-3200 during business hours.  The newly resurfaced runway at Greensfield (M71) is now open.  Rich and Marge Green are constantly making improvements at their  Lincoln County  airport.  Actually I heard that Greensfield is the official reliever airport for Smartt Field.

See you at the May 12, meeting!

Chuck Maggart
Gateway President
(314) 731-0199

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  If your airplane has new and complicated avionics on board, plan to do some avionics training on the ground to prevent distractions in flight.  While GPS and moving map displays are excellent navigational aids, programming them in the air can become so distracting that see-and-avoid or, even worse, instrument scan in IFR conditions is overlooked.  The results can really ruin your day.  Make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the operation of your new avionics before you use them in flight.

For SaleOne membership is open (10 members total) in a Piper PA32R-300 (Lance) hangared at SUS.  Aircraft is fully equipped for IFR. It has a Garmin 530 and many speed mods.  Membership requires: Private, Instrument, 250 hours, 25 hr retractable gear, 15 hrs high performance time. CFIs in club. Propaire Inc. is a 36-year-old 501C3 Flying Club.  Membership: $4750. Monthly dues: $120/mo.  Hourly cost: $45/hr dry. For more information contact: Jay Underdown 636-946-9980 or catch him at the Gateway MPA meeting.

The Wings of Hope 9th Annual Golf Outing and Dinner will be held at the Whitmoor Country Club on July 12. They are raffling off a total of $15,000 in prize money (1st prize $10,000, 2nd prize $3,000, and 3rd prize $2000). Only 400 raffle tickets are available at $100 each. For more information contact the Wings of Hope at 636-537-3139 or .

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428

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