October Gateway meeting: Wednesday, October 13 at the Columns in St. Charles. Lt. Col. Gilbert Hostler, USAF Ret., will speak on his flying exploits during WW II and his participation in the atomic bomb testing at Eniwetok and Bikini atolls. We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us! Dinner will be Waldorf salad, Wisconsin chowder, braised prok loin with sauerkraut, baked cod in tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti, green beans with bacon, rolls and butter, and apple pie for dessert. Dinner is still just $13/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 Monday evening, October 11. Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.
Twenty-eight members and guests heard Steve Long, Safety Program Manager, Maintenance, at the St. Louis FSDO, discuss the requirements to become an A&P mechanic and the sign-off requirements for AD compliance and for return of an aircraft to service. The general airframe and powerplant construction and maintenance regulations are in pts 43, 65, and 91. To become a certified mechanic, the applicant must be at least 18 years old, read, write, speak, and understand English, and pass written, oral, and practical exams. In addition the applicant must have 30 months of practical experience in performing the duties of airframe and powerplant maintenance (or 18 months of either powerplant or airframe maintenance experience), where one month equals 160 hr work. Homebuilders can document their time in a journal and log book and have it signed off by the certified mechanic who is overseeing their work. Alternatively the Repairman certificate allows the holder to maintain and do inspection on a specific aircraft. The program ended with a lively discussion of the relative liability of the pilot in command and the aircraft for maintenance failures and paperwork errors. To find FAA safety information and event schedules, go to www.FAAsafety.gov. If you need to call the STL tracon for special requests, you can talk to a real person at 314-890-1018.
Eight members and guests in three aircraft attended the September fly-out to Mattoon, IL. It seems a couple of planes had to stay home due to mechanical problems, and Steve Pierce, Bob Kraemer, and Libby Yunger were at the Reno Air races that weekend. The next fly-out is on Sunday, October 17 to Kentucky Dam State Park (M34). The next State Board meeting will be the picnic on Sunday, October 10, at Les Featherston's in Mt. Vernon, Mo. ALL MPA members are invited.