March 2013

PRESIDENT - Rich Hopkins VICE PRESIDENT - Carl Sparks
TREASURER - Jeanne Cooper SECRETARY - Lea Trimble


The Ozarks Chapter of the Missouri Pilots Association met at McFarlain's Restaurant at the
IMAX on March 28, 2013. President Rich Hopkins called the meeting to order. After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Rich introduced Michael Coghlin who will present the program tonight.

Rich read a letter from Bob Crandell, MPA's VP, inviting our members to the 60th
Anniversary celebration of the Missouri Pilots Association. It will be held June 1 at the Isle of
Capri Convention Center in Boonville.

The secretary's report was approved as distributed.

Treasurer Jeanne Cooper reported the bank balance as $3,623.37 with $2,203.00 in the 50/50,
leaving $1,420.37 available for use.


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Jan Hoynacki reported that Joe Robbins was presenting a safety seminar at Branson West this
evening. He had asked that she remind pilots that March 31 is the last day for WINGS credit. Get your info to him ASAP. Joe has volunteered to fly with you at no extra cost.

The Table Rock Lake Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, MO-147
took the van to Whiteman AFB - home of the B2 Stealth Bomber.

Jan reminded the group that as members of Ozarks Chapter we are affiliate members of USPA
and for $40 you can be a voting member. USPA has 3 meetings per year.

She attended the meeting in Wichita Falls, TX. Although the group did not get to tour
Shepard AFB due to the sequestration, there were other activities and it was a good meeting. The next meeting will be here in Branson with a safety seminar on Thursday evening, May 16 at Clark Downtown Airport. Ozarks Chapter will host the meeting. Other activities include a visit to the Centennial Museum, Dicks Downtown Old Fashioned Dive Store, a complete day at Shepherd of the Hills including the Pageant, a tour of Table Rock Dam, and an afternoon and evening at Silver Dollar City. Registration form is online at Jan strongly encouraged members to take advantage of this opportunity.

Jeanne Cooper reported on the "Christmas for Children" activity in which Ozarks Chapter participated. Clothing and a toy were purchased for a family of four children. Remaining money was used for three nursing home residents and cookies for the home's Christmas party. President Hopkins thanked Lea Trimble and Jeanne Cooper for their work with the project.

Rich stated that Jeff Bourke had reported that the party at BBG on March 9 was a big success.

The May meeting will fall about the same time as the USPA convention in Branson. Paul
Bluto moved that we combine our May meeting with the MPA Safety Seminar on May 16. Motion carried.

Rich introduced Michael Coghlan, our speaker for the evening.

Michael Coghlan's talk was the second installment of last May's program that covered the life of a Sunderland Mk. V., one of two remainingof 749 that were built.

He focused this presentation on details of the restoration of the aircraft and people's lives that were touched, as well as the incredible adventure to bring it home to Ireland.

Mr. Coghlin has been involved in aviation for about 43 years and has expressed his love of
aviation in the many aviation activities in which he has been involved. He repaired and restored many vintage aircraft including Auster, de Havilland, Piper, DH Tiger Moths, and others. He arranged for the flying boat Southern Cross to visit England and give pleasure flights at Poole and Southampton. He then purchased the aircraft, along with Ron Gillies and took it back to the UK, after reassembling her.

A ticket purchased by Rich Hopkins was drawn in the 50/50.
He did not win so the pot is now quite large!
(See you at the next meeting?)

Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held April 25 at McFarlain's at the IMAX. Speaker will
be Brent Cline, FAA Chief Control Tower operator who will provide Ozarks Chapter
with the latest information about towers.

After thanking Kelly Trimble for his help with the technology part of the program, Rich
called for adjournment of the meeting.

Meeting adjourned,
Lea Trimble

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures."

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