October Gateway meeting: Wednesday, October 12 at the Columns in St. Charles. Greg Maryniak, Director of the JS McDonnell Planetarium at the St. Louis Science Center will speak on the X Prize competition. We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us! Dinner buffet will include Waldorf salad, Wisconsin chowder, braised pork loin with sauerkraut, baked cod in tomato sauce, meatless spaghetti, green beans with bacon, rolls and butter, and apple pie 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, October 10. Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.
At the October meeting we will also be collecting flight training aids for use in the hands-on exhibits at the Science Center. The useful items include old sectional charts, plotters (like the little ones we get from AOPA each year), E6B computers, and anything else that is used in flight training to plan a flight. The folks at the museum really appreciated the big bag of sectional charts we gave them in May Ė mainly thanks to Steve Pierce.
We will also be collecting clothing and small personal items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, etc.) for Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims. This will be put with donations from the other MPA chapters to create one large MPA donation. At the October meeting the Gateway Chapter voted to give $100 to the MPA for Hurricane relief.
Thirty-three members and guests attended our September meeting at the Columns. Member Jay Underdown, encouraged all small airplane drivers (even those without instrument tickets) to take long cross countries by telling us about his trip last February to Marsh Harbor on Abaco Island in the Bahamas. The trip was not without its difficulties Ė on the way there all three landing lights burned out, the landing gear would not descend going into Ft. Pierce FL, and the #2 Nav/Com blew a diode. However, with a little advance planning and good support from the FBOs along the way, they arrived at Abaco Island on the third day as planned. Abaco Island is at the eastern end of the Bahamas group, and it and the surrounding islands are beautiful and relaxing, but with temperatures only in the 60s, itís a little shy of being a true tropical paradise in February. Their round-trip flying time in the Lance was about 15 hrs and at 8,000-9,000 MSL only about 15 minutes of the entire trip was not within gliding distance of land. Tip: if you want to communicate with the mainland from the islands, rent a satellite phone.
Jim Byrnes son, Bob Byrnes, presented a check for $500 from the Byrnes family to the Jim Byrnes Memorial First Flight Fund. Rick Albrecht and Libby Yunger gave updates on the five young people whose first flight lessons were paid by this program. Recipient Katy McClureís first flight inspired her to write Prepare for Take-off for her Senior project in graphic arts at Southern Missouri State University. Her father, Jerry McClure lent us the story boards and a mock-up of the book for display at the meeting. We thank the Byrnes family for their generosity and support.
Our September fly-out to Richardís Farm Restaurant in Casey IL was cancelled due to two straight rainy Sundays. Our October fly-out is scheduled for Jefferson City (JEF) on Sunday, October 16. Participants should plan to arrive at JEF by 12:30 pm. Also members are encouraged to attend the MPA picnic at Rebelís Bluff airport on Saturday, October 8. Plan to arrive between 10:30-11:00 am. Barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Let Les Featherstone (417-466-4663) know if you are planning to attend so he can plan the food accordingly. The Rebelís Bluff airstrip is 2.5 miles west of Mt. Vernon MO.
Do not forget to attend the Public meetings for comments on the proposed revisions to the Saint Louis Class B airspace that will be held on Wednesday, October 19 from 4-6 pm and from 7-9 pm at the Chesterfield City Hall, 690 Chesterfield Parkway West, and on Thursday, October 20 from 7-9 pm at the Holiday Inn-Collinsville, 1000 Eastport Dr. in Collinsville, IL.
There will again be meetings of the St.Charles County Council regarding the proposed 600 ft extension to Runway 18-36 at St Charles County (Smartt) Airport (SET). If you are a resident of St. Charles County and wish to support this proposal, see Tracy Smith, manager of the St. Charles County Airport (636-250-3200) for further details on how you can become involved.
It costs the chapter a minimum of $.50 per newsletter to send them out each month Ė more if we have to use commercial sources, as we did this month, to copy the newsletter. I suspect there are members who would prefer to receive an electronic newsletter in their e-mail each month rather than a paper copy of the newsletter in the mail. The main advantage to you is more timely delivery (I can have it to you within minutes of when I complete it on my computer) and to the chapter is the cost savings. If you would prefer to receive an electronic copy of the newsletter rather than a paper copy, please send me your e-mail address to my e-mail address that is given below, or give me your e-mail address at the October meeting.