Wednesday July 11th
(Meeting not on the first Wednesday because of 4th of July)
Our speaker for this month is someone well known to most of us, Mr. Jack Jackson, former Marine pilot, retired test pilot, former State Legislator, and currently a pilot with JetDirect (formally JetCorp) flying a Learjet out of Spirit Airport. He will speak to us about his experiences of transitioning from single pilot fighters to a two pilot commercial aircraft.
Our private room opens up at 1800 with Dinner ($18/person) being served at 1900. Jack will make his presentation at 2000.
Please, please call Candy Stewart before July 9th at 314-842-1720 or send an eMail to Meeting@MoPilots.US so that we can give an accurate count to:
Sunset Lakes Banquet Center, 13366 W Watson Road, Sappington, MO 63127
For door-to-door driving directions Click Here.
Sunday July 29th
Our July fly out will be held on Sunday, July 29th to Kentucky Dam State Park (Gilbertsville) M34 where we will enjoy lunch at Kentucky Dam Village which is a very popular restaurant with a nice view of the lake. Reservations are absolutely required so an accurate head count is necessary. Please contact Sue Smith by Friday, July 27th at 636-274-3663 or email Sue and plan to arrive at 1130.
You must 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.
Click this envelope to send an e-mail to Sue
Saturday August 4th
Mark you calendars for our Annual Saturday BBQ in August at Washington Airport. It's always a great time so join us there, and bring along a guest. Details and directions will be provided next month. Put it on you calendar now. Thank you.
In response to an inquiry from one of our members about Senator McCaskill's position on users fees, she had this to say:
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 12:49
Subject: From the Desk of Senator Claire McCaskill
Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed introduction of user fees to fund the modernization of the U.S. aviation system. I understand that this is a contentious issue in the aviation community, and I have given it my full consideration. After careful reflection, however, I have decided to support the proposal.
As you know, our air traffic control system is in desperate need of modernization. Upgraded facilities, including on-board automation, data-link communications, and precision plotting through Global Positioning Systems, would make flying safer and more efficient. They would reduce accidents, delays, and the amount of fuel wasted in holding patterns, to name just a few advantages. S. 1300, the Aviation Investment and Modernization Act, would ensure that the FAA has the authorization and funding to implement these sorts of improvements through the Next Generation Air Transport System, which would replace our current, outmoded air traffic control infrastructure. The Senate Commerce Committee has approved the bill, and it should be considered by the full Senate later this year.
I think we can agree that this legislation seeks to achieve worthy goals. The question, of course, is how to pay for them. S. 1300 would introduce a $25 per flight fee on all commercial and high-end general aviation jet flights that use controlled airspace. Piston engine general aviation planes would be exempt from the charge. The money would be explicitly reserved for modernization and could not be diverted to other projects.
Some have expressed concern that the $25 fee would unduly benefit commercial airlines at the expense of general aviation. I can understand that people involved in general aviation might worry, and I certainly do not want to do anything that would ground the thousands of small planes operated in Missouri. However, I think that a $25 fee is affordable, especially next to the skyrocketing costs of fuel and maintenance, and after looking at the alternatives, I feel that the $25 charge is the most sustainable way to fund much needed improvements to our aviation infrastructure, especially since it only affects jet aircraft.
For this reason I voted against the Nelson/Sununu amendment, which would have eliminated all user fees from the bill. User fees are not an ideal option, but they are the best tool available to fund such an important project.
Thank you again for contacting me. I hope I will continue to reach out in the future with your thoughts and advice.
Senator Claire McCaskill
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