March 6th

Bob McDaniel, Director of Aviation at St Louis Downtown Airport (CPS) will be our guest speaker. He made his first solo flight at St Louis Downtown Airport on his 16th birthday and began working at the airport as a "lineboy" that same day. For the next six years he gassed planes, cut grass by the runways, repaired runway lights and worked in the airport administration office to earn money to continue his flying lessons. After earning his commercial pilot's license and receiving his degree in Aeronautical Administration from Parks College of St. Louis University, he continued his flying career in the Air Force.

After 4 years as a T-38 Talon Instructor Pilot, he was assigned to the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter flying worldwide airlift missions. During his tenure as a C-141 Instructor and Examiner Pilot, Bob served as Bob Hope's personal pilot for his 1990 USO Tour and flew Presidential support missions and numerous combat missions in Panama and the Persian Gulf War. The last several years of Bob's military career focused on establishing airport operations around the globe. He led the first US troops into Bosnia, directed humanitarian relief operations into the former Soviet Union, transformed the derelict Mogadishu, Somalia airport into the busiest airport in Africa, and directed other vital airlift operations at major international airports around the globe.

After a 25 year military career, Bob retired as a colonel to return to civilian airport management as the Director of Texarkana Regional Airport, the fourth busiest commercial service airport in the State of Arkansas and recently accepted the position he now holds at CPS. Bob remains an active Mooney pilot and is frequently seen in the skies over St Louis sharing the thrill of aviation with today's youth.

Members and friends of aviation are invited to attend. Location: Greenbriar Country Club on Big Bend just west of I-270. Social at 1800, Dinner ($16) at 1900, Speaker at 2000. Reservations are required for Dinner; please call Gary Johnson at 314-965-1789 before Monday, March 4. If you can't join us for dinner, feel free to drop in at 2000 to hear what Bob has to say.

Click for Location of the Greenbriar Country Club.

(Have a present you don't know what to do with it? Bring it to the Meeting
and donate it to our 50/50. You'll get 3 free tickets for each item donated.)

March 16th

March 16th Fly-Out to Bolivar (M17)
Rain Date March 17th.
Breakfast Buffet at M17 Bolivar MO.
Gather 0815 at Jetcorp and depart 0830.
We will get there around 1000.
Buffet is from 0800-1100.

Please call Jaime Dant at 314 352-3983 if you plan to join us.

If you didn't join us last month you missed a great fly-out to Decatur. The Weather was perfect for the 25+ MPA members and friends. Jaime arrived early and said the airport was quiet. A half-hour later the tower thought the airport was being invaded by all the aircraft flying in from the southwest.

March 17th

How about treating yourself to a nice book or video on St Patrick's Day? You are on line so you must shop on line, right? Well, how would you like to order something right now and help out your chapter? How? Click on the Amazon Link below. If you decide to order something after clicking on their logo your chapter will receive part of the proceeds. How much? Five to fifteen percent of what you spend. But in order for us to receive a fee from Amazon you must go to their website through our website. If you like what they have to offer do not bookmark their web page! You must use your chapter's link to Amazon for us to receive any funds. If this program is successful we will put a link on our Newsletter pages. Thank you.

March 21st

AOPA President Phil Boyer will present a Pilot Town Meeting for pilots in the St Louis area. During this free, interactive multimedia presentation, hear the latest news that affects your flying and meet AOPA's president.

St. Louis, MO - Pilot Town Meeting
Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 7:30 pm
Read the invitation from Phil Boyer online!
(PDF format, requires Adobe Acrobat)

Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
16625 Swingley Ridge Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017-1798

March 31st Cutoff Date for Wings

Wings Program - what we're about. The end of March is the cutoff date for participation in the Wings Program for the MPA state contest. If you have received a new Wings phase, please send a copy of your log book endorsement or a copy of your wings certificate to: Barbara Lane, 820 Burgundy Lane, Ballwin, MO 63011. The Wings Program counts as your BFR. The weather has been great so there is no excuse for not participating in the Wings program. If you have any questions, please call Barbara at 636-391-2668.

April 20th

Second Annual Youth Aviation Day at Spirit Airport.
The MPA will again be assisting EAA with their Young Eagles Program. Last year over 200 kids got their first ride in an airplane, flying from SUS to Six Flags and back.

All enjoyed the free Hot Dogs & Soda, checking out the aircraft on display, etc. Volunteers are
needed. Call Richard at 636-458-4576 or Click the Button below to Volunteer even if you can only spare even part of the day. Click any of the logos to see what is was like last year as well as information about Erik Lindbergh recreating his grandfather's flight to Paris. You didn't get to see Charles Lindbergh fly from St Louis to New York in the Spirit of St Louis but you will get to see Erik Lindbergh depart SUS for New York for this historic trip. The Saint Louis Science Center will be Mission Control and Spirit Airport will be Operations HQ.

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