May Gateway meeting: Wednesday, May 10, at the Columns in St. Charles. We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us! Dan Scott, Captain, Ozark Airlines, will tell us stories of his days with Ozark and perhaps also talk about the Ozark Air Lines Museum C-47 that is based at St. Charles County Airport (SET). 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 $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 (314-469-3541) by 3 pm on Monday, May 8. Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.
Thirty members and guests attended the April meeting at the Columns. Jim Morris from the Lake of the Ozarks Chapter discussed his days as a U.S. Navy hurricane hunter from 1954-1956. He also showed a movie that was made of the activities of his plane and squadron. His squadron (VW4) was based in Jacksonville FL and flew P2V Neptunes for hurricane penetration. They also had a Super Constellation for radar coverage. The aircraft tracked the movement and intensity of each hurricane in order to give early warning and to save human life. This job is now done by satellite, although the data the hurricane hunters collected is still used to interpret the satellite images. The most powerful hurricane they penetrated was Janet, with 210 mph peak wind and 82 ft waves. Unfortunately one plane and crew was lost in that hurricane. It was a fascinating and educational presentation.
Jim also brought a cap with the new MPA logo and a mock-up of the new membership form. The new MPA logo is “Flying the heart of American and beyond”.
Member News: We were happy to welcome Tom and Louise Butler, who were making their spring visit to St. Louis, and new member, Don Mulick. Delia Greer was honored for having been named a Woman of Achievement for her humanitarian work with the Wings of Hope. Bob Linenweber announced that he has a new Beech 1900 single pilot type rating. Bob also told us that Fred Harms’ job as FAA Operations Safety Program Manager had disappeared and was replaced by a regional team. Both Fred and Bob were promoted to positions on the new regional team. Congratulations to Bob, Fred, and Delia! Speaking of members of the St. Louis FSDO, we wish Don Dunn all the best in his retirement. We were happy to see Don and his wife, Liz, at the April meeting. We thank Donna Crandell for donating a basket of goodies (won by Steve Pierce) to the 50/50 raffle.
Election of officers and directors will occur in May. The nominating committee announced the slate of candidates: Bob Kraemer, president; Donna Crandell, vice president, Bob Crandell, secretary and newsletter editor, Libby Yunger, treasurer, and Don Kramme, Steve Pierce, and Florence Wyatt, directors for a 2-year term.
News from State: It’s time to get nominations in for the MPA state awards that are given at the convention in June. If anyone has a nominee for the Aviation Award or for the Media Award, please give the supporting information to Bob Crandell.
Upcoming Events: Our May fly-out is scheduled for Sunday, May 14, to Sergio’s Restaurant in Marion, IL (MWA). Plan to arrive at MWA by 12:30 pm. Don’t forget the Open House at St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) on May 6. Proceeds will benefit the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. There will be an aviation auction, plane wash, and our favorite controller, Diane Earhart, will be in the dunking tank. There will also be a ramp full of interesting aircraft to visit. There is a fly-in at Pinckneyville May 19-21. This is a down-home event with lots of friendly people, good food and well-loved old and new aircraft. There is also a fly-in/drive-in at Festus on May 20-21. One of the best air shows in the area is at Columbia MO (COU) over Memorial Day weekend. Itinerate pilots can fly to Jefferson City and be shuttled to the Columbia Airport. The MPA State Convention is June 9-11 at Lee’s Summit airport (LXT). Registration forms are in the MPA State Newsletter. There is also an EAA Young Eagles Day and open house scheduled for June 10-11 at St. Charles County airport (SET).
Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, director, GSLFIA: Be prepared for emergencies that you never expect to happen. For example, what would you do if you had an engine failure on take-off or you had a complete electrical failure in IFR conditions, or you had an engine fire? Events of this type often start as a simple emergencies and escalate because of complacency or a lack of preparation into major disasters. Be familiar with emergency procedures given in your aircraft’s POH. Having a hand-held COM radio, GPS, and cell phone can allow you to communicate and navigate…and always carry extra batteries for these electronic gadgets and a set of current VFR charts. Above all, don’t be a hero. Confess to ATC that you have a problem and the nature of the problem as soon as it occurs. By planning ahead and getting all the help available to you in a timely manner, your emergency can end in a safe landing.
About 30% of the Gateway Flyers are now going out electronically. If you would like to receive your newsletter by e-mail each month, please send me your e-mail address or give me your e-mail address at the May meeting.