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Saturday, January 5th

All friends of Aviation are invited to join us at our Annual Saturday Luncheon. Those of you who have other commitments on our regular Wednesday evening meeting - this is your chance to come to a meeting!

Come to our January meeting and hear the challenges of flying through, in and around hurricanes! Our speaker has done this not once but through 21 hurricanes!

Jim Morris is our speaker and he is going to share with us some of his experiences as a member of the Navy Hurricane Hunter Squadron. Jim was born and raised in St. Louis & went to Southwest High School. After graduating from Northwestern University he went to Navy Flight School and the Hurricane Hunter Squadron. He then was an Airline Captain with Ozark Airlines and TWA and retired to Lake of the Ozarks in 1992. He owns and flies a 1960 Beechcraft Travelair and received the Master Pilot Award in 2006.

Our private room opens up at Noon with Lunch ($15/person) being served at 12:30. Jim will make his presentation at 1:30.

Please, please call Candy Stewart before January 2nd at 314-651-7097 or send an eMail to RSVP@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.

Saturday, January 12th

Join us for the January Flyout to Quincy IL (UIN) for lunch at the Tailwinds Restaurant on Saturday January 12th. 11:30 AM WEATHER PERMITTING. The restaurant is on the field with windows looking out over the tarmac and intercepting runways. This is a great time of year to look for eagles as you fly north and cross the Mississippi River. Please let Sue Smith know if you are planning on attending! Call her at 636-274-3663 or click on the envelope below to send an email.

The weather for the December flyout to JEF was not good, so they are going to try to reschedule it at a later date. The decision will be made on a Thursday night if the weather looks good for the following Saturday. We will be notified on that Thursday night if the restaurant will have a special opening on the following Saturday. If you would like to be informed - you must notify Sue Smith via email. She will email anyone who wants to know about this last minute flyout.

Click this envelope to send an e-mail to Sue

Metropolis Flyout

Our last flyout was on a great day and three fully loaded aircraft were involved. We all had a tailwind going to the Home of Superman. The visit to Superman's museum was interesting and who would have guessed that there was so much Superman paraphernalia? We topped the trip off by visiting the Harrah's Casino and enjoyed a great lunch, but not before a few of us tried our hands at the slot machines. No big winners, but no one lost very much either. This flyout presented us with CAVU and a great day to get out there!

January 18th-20th

MACTS - The Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show (MACTS) will be held at the Busch Student Center of Saint Louis University on January 18, 19 & 20. MACTS will incorporate two local events, the St. Louis Super Safety Seminar, and the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Flight Instructor Renewal Clinic (FIRC). National and regional speakers will be making presentations on wide variety of aviation topics. Vendors of aviation products and services will be present.

The MPA is one of the sponsors. Our chapter will man the MPA booth on either Saturday or Sunday and the Gateway Chapter will man the booth on the other day. If you would like to help out for any part of the day please call Hubert Looney at 314-831-6336. Thank you!

Maps and information about the presentations can be found at

St Louis University
Cook Hall
Anheiser-Bush Auditorium Use Laclede Parking Garage
3674 Lindell Avenue on Laclede Avenue west of Grand Avenue
St Louis, MO 63108

For Door-to-Door Driving Directions click here,
then the "from this location" button and fill in your home address.

Doors will open at 0800, with coffee and donuts being served.

For those of you who may have missed the St. Louis Chapter Christmas party, here are a couple of scenes to show you what you missed!

And, on a sadder note - We never got a chance to formally thank Albert Adams, our DJ for the Christmas Party. Al died of a heart attack on December 11, 2007. Our condolences go out to the family.

Think It's Easy?

Last October while talking with the owner of one of the few C-47's still around, let alone still flying; I got a chance to taxi one. Ozark Retired Airline Captain, Dan Scott owns and flies the C-47 parked on the ramp at Smartt Field (St. Charles County Airport). Captain Scott asked if I would like to taxi the aircraft around the field, and since I had a little tail wheel time, I thought that it would be interesting but not that difficult. Was I ever wrong!

The wind was blowing about 15-18 MPH out of the southwest and since we were not flying, I did not give it all the consideration that I should have, so I eagerly said "Yes".

One of the first things we had to do on the preflight was to pull the props through several times on each engine. (Maybe that's why he asked me in the first place). I was pretty wrung out before we ever got into the airplane. After a cursory preflight, we made it to the cockpit. Captain Scott let me take the left seat and pretty soon we were ready to start the engines. That was a great feeling to see and hear the big rotary engines come alive!

Captain Scott had given me a briefing during the preflight, that it would be a combination of rudder work, throttle work and brake work. Sometimes it would be all three. The best advice I got was when "everything gets screwed up, then stop". Well, I had to use that a lot!

We taxied out of the parking spot which is headed west and turned north on the ramp. That was the beginning of a big surprise - the aircraft wanted to weather vane and I was only moving at about 5 MPH. I got to taxi out to the parallel taxiway to runway 18, down the entire length of the adjacent runway and I thought he would taxi it back. But he said "no, you now have to take it back". When I got the aircraft back into its parking space, Captain Scott said "well done"! And shared with me that the aircraft is easy to fly but the real challenge is to taxi it around on the ground!

I was wringing wet with perspiration and felt like I had run a couple a miles. He said it gets easier with practice, but it's not as easy as it looks! Hubert Looney, President, St Louis Chapter