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Wednesday, May 4th

Our guest speaker on Wednesday, May 4th will be Colonel Christopher J. Knapp. Colonel Knapp is a senior Aviation Medical Examiner, has over 100 hours in fighters (such as the F-15, as well as a few months with the Thunderbirds and three years at the Air Force Weapons School and Red Flag at Nellis AFB), but with total time over 900 hours in over 30 aircraft types.

Colonel Christopher J. Knapp is commander, 126th Medical Group, Scott Air Force Base, IL. As commander, he serves as the chief advisor for medical issues.

Upon commissioning in 1981, Colonel Knapp attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He then entered the Family Practice Residency at Scott AFB, IL He received his commission to captain in 1985 and was assigned to Aviano AB, Italy in 1988. Subsequent assignments included Chief of Family Practice Clinic and Exercise Evaluation Team, and finally Chief of Aeromedical Services. He served as commander of the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Nellis AFB, NV. He served as an interim flight surgeon for the Air Force Thunderbirds, then as a flight surgeon at the Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, NV. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1999.

The Colonel joined the Illinois Air National Guard and assumed command of the 126th Medical Group in 2002. He has logged 100 combat support hours in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. He is dual board certified by the American Board of Medical of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine, as well as board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.

Colonel Knapp will be discussing 'Fighter Physiology', including topics relating to high-g performance, hypoxia, hypobarics, and spatial disorientation.

Colonel Knapp's presentation is one you certainly will not want to miss. Social hour (cash bar) begins at 1800; dinner ($18.00) is at 1900 with the big event at 2000. Seating is limited so reservations are required. Please contact Mark Weber by email RSVP at MoPilots.US or phone 636-458-2529 no later than Monday May 2nd if you plan to attend.

{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.}

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Saturday May 7th


"New Technology and Technically Advanced Aircraft"
The FAA defines any aircraft with an integrated autopilot and a moving map GPS as a "TAA" aircraft. Despite the huge advances, many cockpit distractions abound and common sense training considerations must be adhered to in order to take advantage of the cockpit technology without compromising safety of flight. Speakers: Gregg Maryniak, Mike Gaffney, Fred Harms. At 0845 attendees are invited to watch Fighter Pilot, in the Saint Louis Science Center Omnimax Theater, at a reduced rate. The seminar will be in the Science Center Planetarium Theatre at 1000.

St Louis Chapter of the Missouri Pilots Association is a co-sponsor.

0845: Omnimax Tickets go on sale ($2 off normal $7 admission)
0900: Special showing of "Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag!" In the SLSC Omnimax Theatre
0950: Walk to Planetarium for Safety Seminar via Mission Control Center
1000: FAA Safety Seminar in Planetarium Theatre
1120: Conclusion, questions and answers
1130: Adjourn

Saturday May 14th

Join your friends to see Fighter Pilot at 1600 on Saturday May 14th. After the movie the group will have dinner at a location to be determined. Checks, at $6/person payable to Sue Smith, need to be mailed by Wednesday April 27th to: Sue Smith, 4121 Sleepy Hollow Lane, House Springs MO 63051. Call her at 636-274-3663 if you have any questions.


Saturday May 20th
Rain Date: Sunday May 21st

Excelsior Springs Memorial (3EX), home of the Missouri Biplane & Antique Aircraft Museum. 17th Annual Antique & Classic Fly-In. Free Breakfast from 0630-1100 for pilots who fly-in. Lunch from 1100-1600.
Please notify Sue Smith at Sue@MoPilots.US or call 636-274-3663 if you intend to join us. Fly outs are VFR (5000 ft and 5 miles).


Our chapter's Aviation Explorers can use your aviation related items that you no longer use. Just about anything aviation related would be appreciated: old sectional charts, your old altimeters, heading indicators, etc. etc. Items will be used in their monthly classrooms.

Please bring your items to our monthly meeting. Members of other chapters can bring them to the state's monthly meeting at COU and give them to Bob Crandell