MAY 2005

May Gateway meeting:  Wednesday, May 11 at the Columns in St. Charles.   Attorney Erik Kientzy will speak on aviation law, the function of the Administrative Law Judge, and general aviation.  We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us!  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 $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, May 9.   Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.

The May meeting also features the election of officers.  The nominating committee, Chuck Maggart, Al Lowe, and Doug Geldbach presented the following slate at the April meeting:  President:  Bob Kraemer, Vice President:  Donna Crandell, Secretary:  Jean Murry, Treasurer: Libby Yunger,  Directors (3-year term): Bill McCullough, Bill Darnell, and Tony Petrusso.  Nominations from the floor will be accepted prior to the election.

Thirty members and guests attended the April meeting to hear meteorologist Jim Kramper from the National Weather Service discuss how tornados form.  A tornado is a rotating column of air in contact with the ground that is embedded in a thunderstorm.  Doppler radar does not actually detect the tornado, but rather it sees a mesocyclone, a vertical rotation within the storm cloud that gives a characteristic hook echo.  Jim had wonderful photos of storm clouds and a video proving that sometimes you canít see the tornado for the rain, even when you are going right toward it.  Since tornados move over the ground at 35-40 mph, itís a good idea to be going in the opposite direction or at right angles away from the tornado track. 

News from the April meetingBob Kraemer reported that the ďlanding feeĒ at Spirit Airport (SUS) is actually a $15 parking fee that Jet Corp collected for airplanes parked on its ramp area during the Final Four competition if the owner did not purchase at least $15 worth of avgas. SUS has not instituted a landing fee and no charge is made for parking at other FBOs on the field.  

We missed Doug Geldbach at the April meeting.  Doug was recuperating from a cracked hip socket he suffered when he fell from a ladder.  We hope Doug is on the mend and will be able to join us at the May meeting.  At our April meeting we welcomed new member and student pilot Steve Raich.  We hope to see Steve at many of our future events.

Linda McCullough announced that Clark Burns is the latest recipient of the Jim Byrnes Memorial First Flight  award.  Clark is a line boy at Creve Coeur Airport.

News from State:  Donít forget to get your reservations in for the 2005 State Convention that will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Neosho airport.  The featured speakers will be Dick Rutan, who flew around the world with Jeanna Yeager in 1986 in the Burt Rutan Voyager, and  Dr. Carlene Mendieta who flew an Avro Avian 7083 on a recreation of Amelia Earhartís flight across America.  There will be static displays and Young Eagle flights at the airport.  Reservation forms will be available at the meeting and must be received by May 31, 2005.

Deadline for submission of application letters for the MPA Aerospace Teacher Scholarships is May 17.  This $600 scholarship covers all the expenses for the two-week course (classes, housing, and materials) for a K-12 teacher

Ten members and guests in five airplanes made the April fly-out to Decatur.  Photos are on Steve Pierceís web site:  in the Airplanes section.  The next chapter fly-out is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, to Casey IL (1H8).  The buffet at Richardís Farm Restaurant is a culinary highlight that is not to be missed.  Call Harold Booher (314-550-8887) between 9:30 and 10:30 am on the morning of the fly-out to verify the destination if there are weather issues or to arrange a ride (or just show up at Creve Coeur airport between 10-10:45 am).

The Smartt Open House that was announced at our April meeting has been rescheduled for September.  However, EAA Chapter 32 will host a visit by the EAA sport pilot tour from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, June 11.  Also if you are based at Smartt, donít forget to remove all the flammable solvents, fuel, and empty fuel containers from your hangar and make certain your electrical modifications are up to code per Tracy Smithís recent letter.

Fighter Pilot is still playing daily in the Omni-Max Theater at the St. Louis Science Center until May 29.

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  As Bob Kraemer says, itís OK to fly with the birds, but you really donít want to nest with the birds!  Spring is in the air, and the birds are seeking sheltered places to nest, lay their eggs and raise their chicks.  Often the perfect spot is someplace in your airplane, even if itís stored in a hangar, stuffed with cowl plugs, and flown regularly.  Birds donít just seek out the engine compartment; anyplace with a small hole for entry and egress will do just fine, such as the horizontal stabilizer of Grummans or the tail cones of old Cessnas.  Air intakes are another good place not only for the birds but for wasps and other nesting insects.  If you see straw, feathers, and other evidence of bird activity on or near your airplane, do a thorough inspection, and find and remove all nest material before you fly.

Aircraft/partnerships for saleLinda McCullough announced that their 1961 Piper Colt is for sale.  The asking price is $15,500.  It has 3402 TT and 1326 SMO, new paint, a 720 channel Nav/Com and encoding transponder.  Contact Linda or Bill at 636-281-1031 (home) or 314-503-6528 (cell) for further details.  Jay Underdown announced that he is bringing a sport pilot-qualified 1941 Porterfield from Morgantown, PA, for which he is seeking two additional members.  Contact Jay at 636-946-9980 (work) or 636-723-4200 (home).

Joe Dobronskiís revision of A Sky Full of Challenges, is now available.  The book is not only Joeís autobiography but also a history of McDonnellís Flight test as seen through his eyes.  The new edition is 225 pages long and has over 250 photos. The price is $25 cash and carry, or add $2.50 for shipping and handling.  It can be ordered from J.F. Dobronski, 1008 Cla-Ter-Ri Dr., Ballwin, MO 63011, or

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428


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