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Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Missouri Pilots Association 60th Anniversary Convention Celebrates Past Accomplishments, Looks to the Future

By Carmelo Turdo
Members of the Missouri Pilots Association gathered to celebrate past accomplishments and look to the future at the  60th Anniversary Convention held this weekend at the Isle of Capri Booneville.  This is the second consecutive year that the convention was held at the Booneville location, a choice favored by many members in attendance for its central location and quality of service.  On Saturday, more than 80 members from across the state received updates on government aviation policy, Missouri aviation history, aviation services, air safety and continuing education opportunities.  General member and Board member meetings were also held to encourage participation in current and future initiatives, followed by dinner fellowship and guest speaker.  On Sunday, a breakfast was offered by Booneville Scout Troop 67 at the Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport prior to the departure of the remaining members.

Bob Crandell (L) and Gary Fox
Missouri Pilots Association President Gary Fox emceed the Saturday meeting with help from convention organizer Bob Crandell.  The colors were presented by a color guard from Booneville Correctional Center, and welcoming remarks were given by Mayor of Booneville, Julie Thacher, Aide to Representative Sam Graves, Aaron Baker, and Sherry Broyles from the Booneville Tourism Office. Presentations were made by a variety of aviation service providers, and chapters were recognized for their membership growth and attendance at the convention.  There were also exhibitors form all over the state providing information about their services.  Here are some scenes from the convention: 
Mike Saettele (R) from St. Louis Flight Simulator

President of Missouri Aviation Historical Society Dan O'Hara

Joe Pestka from Jviation

FAA's Fred Harms speaks on NEXTGEN 

Fred Schieszer discusses the Amelia Earhart Mystery

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum

Gateway Chapter was well represented

Women In Aviation Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity

Acclaim Aviation Group features the Mooney M20S

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