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April 2014 NW MO AAA Chapter meeting – and a fly-in in May!

The Northwest Missouri Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association will have their monthly member’s meeting on Sunday, April 13th, at 2pm at the airport. There will be a cookout followed by the meeting. This meeting will be the annual election meeting, and further planning for the May 3rd pancake breakfast will be discussed. All are welcome!!

And speaking of fly-in, the Chapter’s first fly-in of the year is on the schedule! Join us May 3rd for a pancake breakfast to benefit the Chapter’s new aviation scholarship in memory of Barb Kirkpatrick and Don Sharp, two founding NW MO AAA members and longtime supporters of the Excelsior Springs Airport. The Chapter will serve pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice from 7:30 to 10:30 am for donations toward this scholarship fund. Fly-in or drive-in, all are welcome! Look for more details about this new annual scholarship, to be awarded to a deserving college student pursuing a career in aviation.

Click here to download the fly-in poster (and feel free to post at your airport!)

July NW MO AAA meeting

The July meeting of the Northwest Missouri Antique Airplane Association will be held Sunday, July 21st at the Excelsior Springs Airport (3EX) at 2pm. We’ll be cooking burgers and dogs, and fly-ins are welcome! You need not be a member to attend (but we sure hope you’ll consider joining!). The business meeting will begin once everyone has had a chance to eat. We’ll be discussing final plans and details for the upcoming BBQ on the River Fly-In. I’m sure once the meeting is over that we’ll spend some time buzzing around the pattern if the weather is nice as well. We hope to see you at the airport this Sunday!

June Pancake Breakfast a Success!

Despite a forecast for strong winds developing by 9am gusting to almost 30 knots, the Northwest Missouri AAA Chapter still ended up with 15 airplanes and dozens of cars from Excelsior residents for the June 22nd pancake breakfast – the hangar was packed! Preparations now begin for our big annual fly-in, the 13th Annual BBQ on the River Fly-In to be held August 17th. We hope to make this year bigger and better and while we were thrilled to have 70 airplanes in attendance last year, we are going for 100 this year! Look for updates on this blog page, and full information posted on the fly-ins link.

Here are a few photos from the pancake breakfast June 22, courtesy of Ed Holloway and Sarah Dickerson.

Northwest MO AAA Chapter announces June 22nd Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

The Northwest Missouri Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fly-In at the Excelsior Springs Airport (3EX) on Saturday, June 22nd from 7am to 10am. All are welcome to attend! Below is the flyer, or you can download and post at your airport by clicking here. We hope to see you! The Chapter will be holding their monthly meeting at the conclusion of the fly-in, and anyone is welcome to stay and attend.

May Northwest Missouri AAA meeting scheduled for May 19

Come see us May 19th at 2pm for a great cookout and the May meeting of the Northwest Missouri Antique Airplane Association! With 3EX once again cleared to hold fly-ins and events, this meeting will be a good one as we discuss plans for events for the rest of 2013. You need not be a member to attend, but if you are interested in joining the chapter, we’ll have membership forms on hand! We hope to see you there – fly in or drive in! You can download a printable PDF of the below flyer here to hang at your airport.

April Northwest Missouri AAA newsletter

Our Chapter’s first newsletter is done and ready! In the future this will become a members-only “perk”, but for now we want to share what we’re up to and get MORE OF YOU TO JOIN US!

Read it here: April Northwest Missouri AAA newsletter

April meeting of the NW Missouri AAA Chapter – be there!

The April meeting of the Northwest Missouri AAA Chapter will be held on Sunday, April 21st at 2pm at the airport. Come hungry – we’re cooking out! We’ll have the business meeting shortly after food is served. Plan to come with even more ideas for chapter activities and events, and bring a prospective new member along as well! Download the below flyer as a PDF file here – and feel free to pass it on! (PS, what do you think of the logo draft below? Come to the meeting and voice your thoughts!)

February meeting of the Northwest Missouri Chapter of the AAA

attendees at the inaugural Northwest Missouri Antique Aircraft Association chapter meeting pause for a group photo

The newly-formed, 3EX-based Northwest Missouri Chapter of the Antique Airplane Association held their inaugural meeting on Saturday, February 16th with about 30 attendees present. We even had a couple of airplanes from Fulton, Missouri drop in for the lunch and meeting! Thanks go to Marlyn Atkinson for providing much of the food and the grilling expertise, and to AAA Executive Director Brent Taylor for driving down from Blakesburg, Iowa for the meeting. We really appreciated his input in getting the chapter off on the right foot!

It was decided that meetings would be held the 3rd Sunday of every month at 3pm, however it should be noted that next month’s meeting will be held on Saturday, March 16th immediately following the pancake breakfast fly-in due to some conflicts with Sunday being St. Patrick’s Day. Chapter dues were set at $20 per family/year and a membership form is being designed; and will be posted to this site when available. (Please note that AAA membership is required to be a member in the chapter, you can download the AAA membership form here.)

The floor was then opened for nominations for the 2013 slate of officers. Nominations will be taken until March 1st; if you are interested in running for office please email
info@thenew3EX.com. Nominations thus far are:

President: Dan Kirkpatrick

Vice-President: Brett Lovett

Secretary: Sarah Dickerson

Treasurer: Marlyn Atkinson

Directors (2 seats): Jerry Woods, Bruce Bellemore

The election will take place on the March 16th meeting immediately following the pancake breakfast (10am).

We hope to see all of you at the pancake breakfast fly-in as well as the AAA meeting that follows! Below is the flyer for the event, you can also download a pdf to email to friends or post at your airport here!

You spoke, the City listened!

Supporters of the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport have much to be pleased with after last week’s City Council work session and this Monday’s City Council meeting, where the City Council voted 5-0 to approve a resolution to make improvements at the airport, including changes to address discrepancies listed on the most recent FAA inspection report conducted by MoDOT (the Missouri Department of Transportation), as well as seeking grant monies via an application due February 15th for a new runway overlay at the airport.

Two MoDOT employees, including the inspector who conducted the inspection at 3EX late last summer, spent the afternoon prior to Monday’s Council meeting at the airport, looking at trees and obstructions that could be addressed and how best to address them (topping, removal, etc); they also were available to answer Councilmember’s questions regarding the report and the potential upgrades needed at the field.

This is an extremely positive step in the right direction for the future of this airport, and a huge swing in direction in the approach the City is taking toward the field. Airport supporters and board members alike look forward to a bright future at 3EX, and a collaborative approach with the City to make this airport the best it possibly can be, and a true asset to the City and its residents.

We will of course update the blog as improvements are made and the grant process for the runway overlay gets underway.

Do plan to join us at the airport on Saturday, February 16th at 12pm for a planning meeting of the newly-formed Northwest Missouri Chapter of the Antique Aircraft Association. The first slate of officers will be elected, and monthly meeting dates/times will be set. General discussion about 2013 activities will also take place, as this new AAA Chapter will assume fly-in and activity planning at the airport. 2013 dates may be tentative for a while as the Chapter awaits news from the city on a timetable for repairs/work and a possible runway overlay. Stay tuned! (you can check the most current NW MO AAA Chapter news by clicking the Chapter link in the menu above.)

Council Meeting Dates – stay updated!

This is where to look for the most up-to-date City Council meeting dates with regard to the airport.

1/30/13 UPDATE

  1. the Excelsior Springs City Council will hold a WORK SESSION at 7:30AM on Friday, February 1st (THIS Friday) at the Hall of Waters in the Council Chambers. The airport WILL BE discussed and the meeting is open to the public. Please plan to attend this meeting and show your support, Excelsior Springs!
  2. the airport is to be discussed and voted upon at the City Council meeting on February 4th, 2013 at 6pm in the Council Chambers (upstairs) at the Hall of Waters, 201 E. Broadway, Excelsior Springs Missouri. There will be a visitors comment portion where anyone may speak. The airport as of now is on the agenda for this meeting. We will keep you advised.

WE WILL KEEP UPDATING THIS POST AS CITY MEETING AGENDAS ARE MADE KNOWN.

A group of volunteers will be distributing flyers throughout Excelsior Springs with these meeting dates and this website (to check for any date changes) this week, the week of January 28th. Please keep checking this site. The City may change the date of this vote!

We will be circulating the petition to stop the closure of the Excelsior Springs Memorial Airport throughout Excelsior Springs this week as well, and particularly on Friday and Saturday, February 1st and 2nd. You may stop by and sign the petition at Paradise Playhouse Dinner Theatre anytime Friday through Sunday, February 1st through the 3rd, as well. The petition will be available at the box office, just inside the front doors to the right. The box office hours are 10-10 Friday, 10-10 Saturday, and 11-4 Sunday. You may still sign the online version of the petition at:

http://www.change.org/petitions/save-our-hometown-airport

All petition signatures (online and in-person in ES) will be presented to the City Council when the airport is on the agenda for the regular Council meeting (possibly 2/4).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!