September 2005

September Gateway meeting:  Wednesday, September 14 at the Columns in St. Charles.   Jay Underdown will speak on his Bahamas adventures.  We invite all MPA members and their guests to join us!  Dinner buffet will include Caesar salad, beef barley soup, pork medallions, baked herb chicken, herb whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, rolls and butter, and chocolate cake 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, September 12.   Please join us and remember to bring a friend and get a free 50/50 ticket.

Fifty-five members, former Ozark Airlines employees, and other guests attended the August meeting.  Former Ozark and TWA pilot Don Dunn hosted the program.  Bill Bourne, former Director of Ground Training at Ozark gave an overview of the history of the airline from its beginning in 1955 until it was sold to TWA in 1991.  With Bill was his wife Peggy Bourne, who was the Director of Flight Attendants.  Reminiscences of their years with Ozark were given by Salvadore Christifulli, Director of Food Service, Chief Pilot Ray Traub, and Carrie Cafazza, former flight attendant and current Mayor of St. Ann.  Former Ozark and TWA pilot Jim Morris discussed efforts to promote aviation at the Lake of the Ozarks by hosting national fly-ins at Lee C. Fine and Grand Glaize airports.  John Bales, son of Ozark pilot O.D. Bales, and current Deputy Director of Operations at Spirit of St. Louis airport introduced Nancy King and Phil and Laura Bissonnett who are making the air show at the St. Louis County Fair and Air Show happen over Labor Day.  Donít forget to visit the Silver Swallows Museum in the credit union building east of the American Airlines Hangar.  Itís open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

We were all pleased to see Brian Brinker at the meeting looking energetic and healthy following his quadruple by-pass surgery.  Brian is looking forward to restoring his medical certificate and getting back into the air. 

It rained on Sunday August 14, so the August fly-out to Lake Barkley, KY (1M9) was postponed to Sunday, August 21.  Eleven members and guests in five airplanes enjoyed the brunch and scenery at the Lodge which is a place ďas close to heaven on earth as one can get ď.  See pictures from the fly-out at  The September fly-out is scheduled for September 18 to Richardís Farm Restaurant in Casey IL (1H8).  This is another great buffet that is not to be missed so we hope a lot of members and guests will attend.

Bob Byrnes and members of the Byrnes family are planning to attend the September chapter meeting to present a check for $500 to the Jim Byrnes Memorial First Flight FundLinda McCullough and Rich Albrecht are planning to make a short presentation on the success of this program. 

News from State:  The Second Annual fly-in picnic is scheduled for October 8 starting at 11 am and will be hosted by Les Featherston at Rebelís Bluff airstrip, 2.5 miles west of Mt. Vernon, MO.

Public meetings for comments on the proposed revisions to the Saint Louis Class B airspace 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. 

We received this note from Doug Allen:  Just to update you on my situation. I rarely get to meetings anymore due to my aggressive flight schedule. I fly for Surdex Corp. I fly a Cessna 335 and have a photographer in the back, flying at flight level 220! We photograph America at high altitude. I fly 15 days on and 5 off. Dawn, my bride, has those 5 days off well- planned for me on my return. My flight schedule should soften up a bit and have more time off this fall.  Will keep you advised as to when I can attend meetings and see all the gang.

Safety tip of the month from Rick Albrecht, president, GSLFIA:  All you need is one near-miss in the pattern at a non-towered airport to realize that people arenít talking in the pattern as they should. Itís time for each of us to review the AIM for safe operations at non-towered airports.  At a non-towered airport, radio calls announcing your position in the pattern are mandatory not optional.  It is also good practice to announce your intentions to the airport traffic when you are 5-7 miles out and again as you approach the airport.  Enter the downwind leg at a 45º angle at approximately mid-field.  This allows you to assess activity in the pattern and on the field.  If you must check for winds, do so from a position at least 500 feet above the traffic pattern and announce where you are, your altitude and direction of flight.  Avoid straight-in approaches unless you are on an IFR approach.  If you are on an IFR approach, state your position often and in VFR terms.  Note that approach intersections are not on sectional charts and are not known by VFR pilots.  Therefore state your position in miles and compass position relative to the airport.  If you are doing a missed approach, tell the people in the pattern what you actually plan to do.  People on a left downwind leg to a runway really need to know that you are planning to do a climbing left turn from about the position of the runway threshold! 

Libby Yunger
Newsletter Editor
(314) 725-0428

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