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Sunday, August 30, 2020

WHAT’S UP By LeRoy Cook

Despite the occasional bouts of inclement flying weather, or perhaps because of it, the Butler airport saw considerable traffic this past week. You see, when the weather turns bad, we sometimes get unplanned visitors dropping in, seeking refuge. The mix of visiting aircraft types was certainly eclectic. 

 A Eurocopter EC130 medical helicopter sat down on the ramp Saturday night, an AirTractor 602 sprayplane was parked between aerial application jobs, a nicely-restored 1978 Cessna Cardinal RG came in, and a 1960 Piper Comanche shot a few landings. On Sunday, a Cessna Pressurized Centurion took on fuel, accompanied by a 1964 Cessna 210H and a Piper Cherokee 140. 

 Locally-based pilots taking to the sky included Jim Ferguson in his Cessna Skylane, Roy Conley in his experimental autogyro, Brandt Hall flying his experimental Slipstream and KIS Cruiser, and Curtis Grimes with his 1947 Cessna 140. The SkyDive KC King Air was grounded by bad weather over the entire wasted weekend, and the Fliars Club breakfast flight was thwarted by thunderstorms as well.

 On the training scene, a new student pilot became active on Friday, when Jeffery Adams of Adrian made his first solo flight, circling the field three times in a Cessna 150 completely unaided. Jeffery has worked diligently on his training, progressing rapidly to the solo stage. He now continues polishing his skills, toward the private pilot certificate.

 The tower controllers are talking faster than ever in these short-staffed Covid days, mostly because they are being forced to cover more than one working position. Doing local tower, ground control and clearance issuance is really a multi-tasking nightmare. So, you can now expect the chatterbox in the glass cage to make requests even as you bore down final, intent on the task of landing. They used to let you roll off the runway and contact ground control to see where you wanted to park. Then the tower started asking you “where you parking” during the rollout. Now they query you on the downwind or base leg. Soon they’ll want to know before you take off.

 If you want to participate in our brain-teaser quiz of the week, be the first to tell us who goes first when two pilots have to eject from a crippled military jet. You can send the answer to


Appleton City man escapes injury in rollover accident

On 8/30/20 around 1:23am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Missouri 52 East of CR SE 15305 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1978 Ford F-250 drive by 23 year old Eli B. Engeman of Appleton City, Missouri was traveling west when he traveled off the roadway, returned to the roadway crossed the center line before traveling off the right side of the roadway, striking a fence and overturning on its top.

Mr. Engeman sustained minor injuries in this accident but refused medical treatment at the scene. The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Bulldog Tow of Appleton City, Missouri.

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Cooler days ahead

Online handgun class offered

St. LOUIS, Mo.—When pistols and handguns come to mind, many people think of self-defense and home protection. But did you know that handguns are also a valid hunting method for several species, such as rabbits, squirrels, bullfrogs, deer and coyotes?

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is holding an Introduction to Handguns class online Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. The course is free and open to all ages.

Handguns offer a viable alternative to hunters who prefer to travel light or might have physical limitations or other restrictions regarding handling or carrying rifles. They can also be used for recreational target shooting.

This program will introduce shooters to handguns who may have just purchased one or who might be looking into purchasing one. The class will also help those who might feel uncomfortable or unsure about handguns feel more at ease with using them.

This virtual online program will cover what to do to get started shooting handguns. It will be presented by the staff at MDC’s August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center in Defiance. It will go over handgun fundamentals, including handgun actions, operation, safety measures, maintenance, and safe storage. An interactive Q&A opportunity with MDC staff will be offered after the course.

Introduction to Handguns is a free virtual program open to all ages, but advanced online registration is required at Attendees will receive an invitation by email from the MDC Event Management System with a WebEx program link the day before the program.

MDC offers many free educational programs in the St. Louis region to help people discover nature, fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. Stay informed by going to the MDC St. Louis reginal events page at