Wednesday, April 2nd

Our speaker for this month will be Terry Wilund who was not able to make it last month. He is a Commercial Pilot with a helicopter rating and an instrument rating. Terry will be sharing with us some of the highlights of his helicopter flying career from 1966 to his anticipated retirement in June of this year.

Terry was born in St. Louis and joined the Army in 1966, and completed Warrant Officer Flight Training in March 1967. He served in Viet Nam flying the UH-1 "Huey" helicopter from October 1967 to October 1968. He then served as an instructor pilot at the Army' Helicopter Training Center at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. He flew with the Army National Guard until 1988. He has also flown Bell-47 and MD-500 Helicopters for the St. Louis County Police Department's Bureau of Flight Operations until May 1989. Since May 1989, he has been flying for Arch Air Medical Services in St. Louis. To date he has flown 5,000 emergency medical flights and has a total of 18,500 accident-free helicopter hours.

ARCH Air Medical Service is a critical care air ambulance service providing coverage for Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding regions. As one of the first air medical operations in the United States, ARCH has been providing quality patient care since March of 1979.

ARCH Air Medical Service has completed more than 36,000 missions since being formed 24 years ago. Headquartered in St. Louis, ARCH’s state-of-the-art system includes a fully computerized dispatch center, the country’s largest single fleet of BK-117 medical helicopters and a federally certified maintenance facility. Each air medical flight is staffed with qualified registered nurses, paramedics or specialists responding from one of ARCH’s six bases located in Warrenton, Sullivan, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Sparta, Ill., and Litchfield, Ill.

Our private room opens up at 1800 with Dinner ($18/person) being served at 1900. Terry's presentation will be at 2000.

Please, please call Candy Stewart before March 29th at 314-314-651-7097 or send an eMail to Apr@MoPilots.US so that we can give an accurate count to Sunset Lakes Banquet Center.

Don't forget, we are now meeting at Sunset Lakes Banquet Center, 13366 W Watson Road, Sappington, MO 63127. For door-to-door driving directions Click Here.

Sunday, April 27th

Join us for our March Fly-Out to Cape Girardeau (CGI). We will be checking out the new restaurant that has opened at CGI: The Drop Zone.

Please plan on your arrival by 11:30

Please let Sue Smith know if you will be joining us. Don't have wings? Sue will arrange for you to fly with one of our members. Either send her an eMail or call her at 636 274-3663.

Click this envelope to send an e-mail to Sue

We are planning the May flyout early so you can mark your calendar now! The May Fly Out will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2008 to Fulton, MO (FTT). We'll have lunch at a really good restaurant named Beks. Since we will be leaving from the airport and need transportation, it is definitely necessary to know how many people we will have join us.
Please plan your arrival by 11:30 AM and let Sue Smith know if you will be joining us. 636.274.3663 or her cell is 314. 570.6641.

Mattoon Fly Out
Here's a photo of most of the participants at the Mattoon, IL Fly out held on March 1, 2008. We had 5 airplanes and 12 participants. Thanks to Mark Weber who took this picture.

May 15-18, 2008

You won't want to miss the MPA Annual meeting! Fun things are planned including a Lunch Cruise on the Lake Queen and the Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon with special guest speaker Country & Western Star (and Pilot) Mickey Gilley!

For more information & registration forms see the website:
www.mopilots.org or the USPA website www.uspilots.org - Or look in the state newsletter.

A big thanks to the volunteers from our chapter who helped make the St Louis County Fair & AirShow a very successful event for more than a decade. This was the last season and it ended on a high note with $2,000,000 having been donated to the Children's Miracle Network over the years. The Missouri Pilots Association was always listed under Donated Goods and Services just below Missouri Air National Guard in the Fair & AirShow brochures, which is the way our chapter wanted it listed even though our chapter provided all of the volunteers for the Hot Ramp, Hospitality Suite, Hotel & Car Reservations and Shuttle Van Services.

Old timers will remember the early 90's when the AirShow was in October, the Hot Ramp was at Executive Beech and the Static Ramp was on the North Ramp. The change over to Labor Day Weekend and JetCorp as the host FBO was welcomed by all of us since JetCorp provided excellent facilities for us. A side note: JetCorp initially only committed to a single year but we made a great impression so that they had no problem continuing to the end. We were the main contact for the performers on the Hot Ramp when they needed fuel, smoke oil or whatever. In addition the main desk at the terminal would count on us to resolve a number of problems, such as parents of military coming to the terminal, phone calls, etc. We earned our pay!

Speaking of parents as well as other family members, they provided some of the nicest memories of the Fair & AirShow. They were extremely grateful of how the Missouri Pilots treated them and their military relatives. Our military guests were also appreciative of how we treated their relatives and friends. "This is the best AirShow we have ever been to" was something we heard over and over again. You made it happen. You made the Fair & AirShow a huge success. Thank you!

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