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  • 18 Mar 2021 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By now most of you have heard that we lost our friend, mentor and First Shift Supervisor - Darryl Johnson. Darryl, in his almost 25 years at TACAir, came to work every day striving to do his best, leading by example, and motivating you whether you felt like you needed it or not. He lived his life to selflessly help others which he passionately did until his passing. His loss is a profound one, and the void he leaves will never be filled.

    Be glad you got to know so such a great soul. You will continue to experience the gift of his positivity each day if you choose to listen. You will not meet another like him.

    Godspeed, D-Man.

    Darryl Johnson
    Visitation (pass Through)
    Friday, March 19, 2021
    Mount Beulah Church
    7823 Racine Dr.
    St. Louis, MO 63133

    Due to COVID restrictions the private funeral service will be live streamed. We will provide details when we receive them.

    Darryl, Jeanette and family thank all for the outpouring of love and support.

  • 11 Sep 2020 9:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NBAA, AOPA Express Concerns Over FAA’s Pilot Records Database NPRM

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

    Washington, DC, Aug. 6, 2020 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) today sent a letter to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson expressing their “serious concerns” with the agency’s proposed rulemaking regarding the Pilots Records Database (PRD).

    NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen and AOPA President Mark Baker emphasized their support for the PRD’s high-level intent to improve aviation safety by allowing commercial air carriers to access a pilot’s records and other pertinent FAA information prior to making a hiring decision.

    However, the agency’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) would also place “burdensome and costly requirements on general aviation, with little to no safety benefit,” the leaders wrote. “Our industry continuously demonstrates its commitment to proactive and performance-based safety innovations, but in our opinion, the proposed PRD requirements for general aviation will not improve safety.”

    Read the full letter to the FAA.

    A recent survey of NBAA members meeting the NPRM’s definition of a “corporate flight department” found those operators received less than one Pilot Record Improvement Act (PRIA) request every two and a half years. However, to comply with the proposal’s mandates would require many Part 91 non-commercial operators to invest in new systems and hire more staff to record their pilots’ flight information in the PRD after every flight.

    For example, NBAA calculated a small business aviation flight department would spend approximately $9,100 annually per aircraft in administrative costs to populate the database under the current NPRM, when that money could be better invested in technologies like performance-based safety innovations.

    “All of this would impose significant additional costs for many small general aviation businesses without providing useful insights for air carrier hiring decisions, as carriers already review a pilot’s logbook to verify currency prior to employment,” the letter read. 

    Bolen and Baker further noted the proposed rulemaking incorporates few of the many recommendations provided by GA stakeholders who participated in the PRD Aviation Rulemaking Committee to inform the agency’s rulemaking process. Their letter also pointed to the hundreds of AOPA and NBAA members who have detailed their concerns about the NPRM.

    “In reviewing the legislative intent behind the PRD and the feedback provided by the general aviation community, we believe our recommendations can improve the NPRM without compromising safety,” they wrote. “[W]e look forward to staying in communication with you and your team as we receive additional information on potential impacts to our members.”

    During an Aug. 4 NBAA Virtual Business Aviation Town Hall discussion, Dickson expressed his willingness to work with industry stakeholders to address concerns about the NPRM and its seeming overreach.

    “I certainly understand that it’s not a one size fits all here,” he said. “We have to take a look at the burden on different operators … I will certainly commit to you that we will take all [comments] into consideration as we work toward having a final rule out there.”

    # # #

    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

    Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.

  • 10 Sep 2020 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sabre One Rescue

    The Missouri Aviation Historical Society has established a project to rescue the very first Sabreliner ever built, which is currently sitting at the Perryville MO airport. This jet was truly the first successful business jet, as it predated the Learjet into service by one year. The Sabreliner also has huge ties to Missouri as North American Aviation who had originally developed the airplane to a USAF request for a utility/trainer jet designated the T-39 had no experience in marketing civilian aircraft and went to Remmert-Werner at Lambert and gave them full distribution rights. So they were built in LA and then flown to St. Louis for customer completion. In later years operations moved to Perryville, MO. Our goal is to bring Sabre One to SUS and place on static display behind the F-101 along the boulevard. I figured some of your members might like to assist with our fund raising goal of $25,000.00 which we are about 2/3 of the way complete. The attached photo shows 282-001 along with serial # 2 in front of the hangar at LAX in 1963. Sabre One is nearest the hangar, 002 was Pet Milk's airplane. Please see attached flyer and if you have any questions please contact me.

    Very Respectfully,

    Dan O'Hara
    President, Missouri Aviation Historical Society

  • 19 Jun 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NBAA Challenges FAA’s Dismissal of Additional Comment Time for New Pilot-Reporting Proposal, Sounds Call to Action

    Contact: Dan Hubbard, 202-783-9360,

    Washington, DC, June 19, 2020 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today called upon the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rethink its questionable decision to deny requests from NBAA and others in the industry for additional time to comment on new, onerous pilot-reporting requirements.

    The FAA’s new data-gathering criteria, outlined in a 200-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), introduce sweeping new mandates for certain Part 91 operators and others to submit a raft of additional pilot data to the agency, through the use of an electronic Pilot Records Database (PRD). Although the FAA’s new rule was issued March 30, the agency has elected to disallow additional time for pilots and other affected parties to offer first-hand perspectives on the proposal’s most-troubling elements.   

    “Make no mistake: this plan raises serious privacy, administrative and other concerns in an era of big-data gathering, sharing and use,” said Brian Koester, NBAA’s director of flight operations and regulations. “Certainly, the proposal has the potential to create efficiencies for air carriers under current data-reporting laws. That said, the rules would not enhance safety for everyone, they propose substantial new regulatory burdens for a large segment of the Part 91 community, and for many NBAA members, the plan could create more problems than it solves.”

    Koester noted that the new FAA rules would expand the data-collection requirement provisions outlined in the Pilot Records Improvement Act (PRIA). That legislation, enacted in 1997, was intended simply to establish requirements for airlines to conduct pilot-background checks – including aviation experience and history, drug and alcohol testing results and driver-registration records – as part of the hiring process.

    As a result of congressional updates to PRIA in 2010, the FAA’s newly proposed rule would widely broaden this mandate, in the process layering on a new administrative burden for Part 91 operators, which often count only a handful of employees in their ranks.

    The flaws in the FAA’s new mandates are all the more troubling, given the nearly decade-long effort on pilot-reporting requirements, in which NBAA has been a supportive partner to government. In 2011, the FAA chartered a government-industry Aviation Rulemaking Committee to explore reporting criteria, partly in response to the fatal 2009 Colgan Air accident in Buffalo, NY.

    Over the ensuing nine years, a concerted effort was undertaken to examine options for increasing the efficacy of the information in the database, while mitigating concerns raised by NBAA and others. Nevertheless, the resulting rule from the FAA looked past many of those concerns, and only 90 days have been provided for stakeholders to comment on the plan, including its exhaustive list of more than 20 additional technical questions for affected stakeholders.

    “It is exasperating that the FAA has given industry just 90 days to unpack a complicated plan amassed over nine years, and released as the aviation community fights for its survival during COVID-19,” said Koester. “It would not seem unreasonable to allow another 30 days for discussion, so we are pursuing other means to encourage the FAA to provide for this minimal, reasonable accommodation.

    “Further, given the FAA’s request for industry input on over 20 technical questions, it seems this rulemaking process would have benefitted from an Advanced NPRM to allow the FAA to receive preliminary industry feedback, and include those perspectives in a more thorough and polished proposal.”

    With that in mind, Koester pointed to a new NBAA resource association members can use to digest the massive proposal and develop their individual responses for the FAA to help ensure industry’s voice is heard.

    The NBAA Regulatory Alert provides operating members with an overview of the proposed rule, highlights concerning provisions, and includes instructions for submitting comments to the FAA. Link to NBAA’s Regulatory Alert and make your voice heard.

    “The public comment period for the NPRM ends June 29, 2020, so we need everyone to make their voices heard today,” Koester concluded. 

    # # #

    Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The association represents more than 11,000 company and professional members and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), the world’s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at

    Members of the media may receive NBAA Press Releases immediately via email. To subscribe to the NBAA Press Release email list, submit the online form.

  • 04 May 2020 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory relief to persons who have been unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) outbreak. This relief allows operators to continue to use pilots and other crew members in support of essential operations during this period. Additionally, this SFAR provides regulatory relief to certain persons and pilot schools unable to meet duration and renewal requirements due to the outbreak. This rule also allows certain air carriers and operators to fly temporary overflow aircraft, a need resulting from the outbreak, to a point of storage pursuant to a special flight permit with a continuing authorization.

    You can find more information at this NBAA website:

  • 13 Apr 2020 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Happy Spring.  As I sit here on my porch overlooking the beautiful green grass and flowers starting to bloom, we should be busily planning our 44th Annual Business Aviation Association Memorial Open golf tournament.  This is the longest running aviation tournament and a major source of funds for the two charities that benefit from the funds we raise.  

      I was looking forward to this year's event.  I don't know if everyone is aware, but BAAMO is what led me to my current job at Wings of Hope.  My older brother John Henke was a past chair of BAAMO and used to make our mom, an avid golfer play in the tournament.  That is how our family heard of Wings of Hope, and subsequently led to us selecting Wings to be the recipient of the memorials when our dad, August Henke, passed away.    My chairing of the event this year, really felt like I had come full circle and I am proud to following in John's footsteps. 

      However, at this time we have no choice but to postpone this tournament.  Even if things are starting to get back to some amount of normalcy by the original date of May 18, the committee feels that travel may still be somewhat limited and we will all be very busy playing catch up.

      We have secured Wednesday, September 23 as our new date at the same location, Old Hickory golf course.  The BAAMO committee will restart the planning later this summer as things start to reopen and recover.  

      Stay safe, well and 6 feet over there.  We will see everyone when this is over.

    Thank you,

    Beth Henke-Campbell
    BAAMO Chair 2020

  • 03 Apr 2020 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Arthur C. "Butch" Giessman
    August 30, 1949 - March 29, 2020

    It is with a heavy heart that we wish to inform you that A.C. “Butch” Giessman passed away March 29, 2020.  The St. Louis Aviation community and industry as a whole, lost a true pioneer, visionary and friend. 

    A graduate of Parks College – St. Louis University, he held a degree in Aeronautical Maintenance Engineering and held several positions within his lengthy aviation career. Most notably as the founder of AVMATS, where he was currently the Chairman of the Board.  He worked hard to develop the company as a world-wide resource, first for the Sabreliner aircraft and other airframes later.  He was active in GSLBAA, having served on the Board as well as in other capacities.  He was also an early member and past president of PAMA. 

    Most recently, Butch was a strong advocate and an active Board Member for Wings of Hope. His knowledge of aviation and his love of humanity made him a particularly good fit for this position. His personality was larger than life and always found a way to put others first. 

    He was a friend to all who knew him and will be sorely missed. 

    – Blue skies and tailwinds, Butch. 


  • 05 Nov 2019 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obituary of Barry Steven Oxenhandler

    Barry Oxenhandler passed on November 1, 2019. Barry started Enterprise’s flight department in 1976 and retired in 2004. He was the Chief Pilot. 

    Graveside service at:

    Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery
    7500 Olive Boulevard
    November 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

    Obituary, Memories and Service Info

GSLBAA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation.

541 Bell Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005

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