August 1: To Build or Not to Build?
is the question Dick Wilbers will answer at our August Meeting. Dick is a past president of our chapter. He has
been flying since 1988. He is currently building a Zodiac CH601 with a 100hp Stratus Subaru engine. The project
is almost complete. Dick has some 43 years experience in tooling and measuring equipment in spite of being only
39 years old! He has worked on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs as well as the F-4 Phantom and F-101
Voodoo while at McDonnell Douglas. He retired 1998 as president of Helco Precision Cutting Tool and Gages. Dick
attended Washington University studying Manufacturing Engineering. We are delighted that Dick has agreed to share
his experiences with our members. Please join us at our August 1st meeting.
Location: Greenbriar on Big Bend just west of I-270. Social at 6PM, Dinner at 7PM. Reservations are required. Please call Gary Johnson at 314-965-1789 by noon July 30th.
July Meeting: Click on the picture to see it and MoKan Trophy full size.
August 11: The James S. McDonnell Prologue Room…offers visitors a tour of aviation firsts. The exhibit tells a panoramic story of more than 75 years of aviation progress, from the company's earliest biplanes to its latest jets. Scale models, dioramas, paintings and photographs depict such important events in aviation history as the first flight around the world in 1924, the first takeoff of a jet fighter from a U.S. Navy carrier in 1946, and the first aircraft to land at the South Pole in 1956. We plan on visiting at 1300 but this may change since we are trying to incorporate a tour of Lambert Tower either before or after our visit to the Prologue Room. Call Jaime Dant at 314-352-3983 if you wish to join the group. We must make reservations if there are more than 20 of us.
August 11-12: The Mt. Vernon Airport (MVN) presents "2001...an Air Odyssey".... an air show on the grounds at the Mt. Vernon Airport Saturday and Sunday. Gates open a 0900; Airport closed 1630Z -2030Z (1130-1530CDT) for the airshow.
On Saturday, Jackie Smith, the former football Cardinal will open the festivities with the singing of the National Anthem, performed on Sunday by the Cedarhurst Choral Project followed each day by parachute jumpers, precision aerobatics displays, wing walkers, and the world's fastest Peterbilt truck. Performers include: Carmi Parachute Club, Jim "Bulldog" LeRoy, the Dacy Family, the Swift Magic Team, E. Tison Englehardt and the "SHOCKWAVE" Jet Truck.
August 25: Fly-Out to Mexico (H41) for Zenith Aircraft's
10 Annual Open Hangar Day.
The 20,000 sq.ft. Zenith Aircraft kit production facilities will be open to the public for factory tours and Zenith's factory demonstrator kit aircraft will be on display. The aircraft that Dick Wilbers is building is from Zenith Aircraft. The Zodiac is just one of the aircraft kits that they offer. You will be able to see all of their aircraft built and flying. If you click the picture on the right you will be taken to their website for more information.Call Jaime Dant at 314-352-3983 if you would like to join the group. Let him know if you have an extra seat in your aircraft or if you need a ride. You missed a great Fly-Out in July if you did not take advantage of flying out to Cape Girardeau for their Annual AirShow. Don't miss this Fly-Out!
Labor Day Weekend: The Fair & AirShow is not too far away. The theme of this year's AirShow is "Salute to Veterans". There will be a lot of Warbirds from WWII up to the present day. Volunteers are needed to work on the Hot and Static Ramps. Last year's van drivers will get first priority to drive on the taxiways again. Call Richard at 636-458-4576.
September 15: Gateway Eagles Eighth Annual Fly-In at Parks (CPS).
Last year a number of our members had a great time at the Gateway Eagles Fly-In. William Duke, President of the Gateway Eagles, appreciated the support we gave his group and personally invites us to come back again. Families & Friends are most welcome to fly-in or drive-in anytime after 0900. There will be food and drinks with the "highlight" of providing 100 airplane rides for pre-registered youth between the ages of 11 and 17 before 1500. It will also an opportunity to recruit some solid new members for our chapter.