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  • 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

  • 21 Oct 2019 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Rev. Paul D. Haglin, 90, of Chesterfield, passed away on October 17, 2019 at Delmar Gardens-Chesterfield. He was born on March 23, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Preston and Mildred (Daunt) Haglin and brother of Preston Haglin II. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an aeronautical  engineering degree, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served his country and was honorably discharged. Paul and Gretel (Staver) were united in marriage  in 1953. They had four children together, Christopher, Alexis, Edward and Philip. Paul was an aerospace engineer for McDonnell-Douglas and an avid private pilot. After tiring of long wait times for private take-offs at Lambert Airport, he dreamed of opening up a general aviation airport. He used his inheritance to buy the land and develop the airport in the area of Chesterfield known as Gumbo. The Spirit of St. Louis Airport opened in 1965, and quickly became the largest privately owned airport in the country. Then  St. Louis County purchased the airport in 1980. In honor of his achievements,  St. Louis County declared May 4th as Paul Haglin day.  There is a street named Paul Haglin drive in Chesterfield Valley. In 2017, he received a lifetime achievement award from Progress 64 West. After founding the airport, Paul served as a Pastor for 44 years, authoring three Christian books. Paul had a radio show called "Letters of Faith" that ran for fifteen minutes everyday for fifteen years in the 70's-80's. He was an All American rifle shooter and an accomplished sailboat racer.

    He is survived by his loving family; Alexis and husband Mark Richert of Chesterfield, Edward (Ted) Haglin of Colorado, Philip (Keeler) Haglin of St. Louis and three grandchildren; Tali and husband Jared Shaw of Trabuco Canyon, CA, Paul Haglin of Denver, Co and Paige Haglin of Florida.

    Paul was preceded in death by his parents, his son: Christopher, his wife and brother.

    He will be sadly missed and long remembered by all those who knew and loved him. 

    A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 1p.m- 4 p.m. at The Crossing at Chesterfield  114 N  Eatherton Road Chesterfield, MO 63005  1-636-532-1212

    Memorial Service will also be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2 p.m. at The Crossing at Chesterfield 114 N Eatherton Road Chesterfield, MO 63005 1-636-532-1212

    Memorial Gifts- Gateway 61 Church 17550 Wild Horse Creek Rd. Chesterfield, MO 63005 

    Obituary and Guest Book

  • 28 Jul 2019 10:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Steve Hadley will be the new NBAA Regional Representative for the Southwest Central Region since Bob Quinn announced his retirement last month. Steve is well known to us through his support of the regional groups and we look forward to working with him in his new role.

    Please see Steve’s introduction:

    I have been a NBAA regional representative for more than 13 years representing the Southwestern states and we are now adding the states of Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri to my area. I also serve as the Senior Director of the Regional Program and the NBAA staff liaison to the NBAA Local and Regional Group Committee.

    As just a brief review of my operational background prior to NBAA, I have been flying since 1981 and have served as a chief pilot and director of operations for both part 91 and part 135 operators as well as having been vice president of a FBO in Texas where I now live with my family.  

    Having been raised in Missouri with my undergraduate work at Drury College and graduate work at Southwest Missouri State College, both in Springfield. So I am not a new comer to Missouri and am very familiar with the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association.

    As you know, having worked with Bob Quinn, the NBAA regional representatives all work with pretty much anyone and everyone that has an impact on business aviation, its partners and our communities while striving to make our NBAA members' businesses more effective.

    In any event, I look forward to meeting you all in St. Louis at the earliest chance, but in the meantime, please feel free to call on me for any of your industry questions or operational issues and I will be happy to help in any way possible. 

    Thank you so much and have a great week!

    Best regards!


  • 17 Jun 2019 8:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bob Quinn, GSLBAA Board Member

    Washington, DC, June 30, 2019 – The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today announced that Bob Quinn, the association’s Central regional representative, will retire on June 30, after 13 years of service on behalf of NBAA members in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    Since joining NBAA in 2006, Quinn has been a tireless advocate for the interests of business aviation in the Midwest. His significant communication talents and extensive knowledge of the business aviation industry have made him a highly credible and knowledgeable advocate for aviation at state legislatures, regulatory agencies, airport organizations and more.

    “Bob’s unmatched networking skills have been highly effective in bringing a variety of interests together and in facilitating successful programs and partnerships,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “His strong operational background and understanding of airspace and airport issues have greatly benefited business aviation operators in the Central region.”

    Bolen noted that Quinn’s input for airspace redesign efforts--including RNAV arrivals and departures--in the St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas was instrumental to their successful implementation.

     “Bob has ably represented a large region of the country, and his knowledge and advocacy for business aviation will be missed,” said Steve Hadley, NBAA regional programs senior director and Southwest regional representative. “We wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life.”

    Quinn is a past president and 30-year member of the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association (GSLBAA), considered to be the second oldest regional business aviation group in the nation.

    After graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial administration, Quinn started his aviation career as a design engineer with McDonnell Douglas, later working for the Trane Company and Emerson Electric in engineering and marketing positions.  Over his more than 50-year aviation career, he has accumulated almost 17,000 hours with eight type ratings on his ATP plus an A&P and Inspection Authorization, and has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate charter pilot.

    Prior to joining NBAA, Quinn was a Gulfstream captain with TAG Aviation, and has flown an array of Gulfstreams from the G-2 thru the G-550 and operated them in every continent except Antarctica.  He is still flying his Christen Eagle II biplane, which is based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS).

    According to NBAA’s Hadley, the association will soon be announcing a realignment of the U.S. regions covered by the regional representatives.

    At the recent NBAA Regional Group Leadership Round Table, Bob Quinn was presented with the "Order of the Silk Scarf Award" by NBAA for diligence, industry, and persistence in nurturing, improving and enjoying aviation!

    Edward Bolen, President and CEO of NBAA, wrote a personal note for Bob's retirement:

    Congratulations to Bob on his years of service to NBAA and contributions to business aviation in general. Bob has been a cooperate pilot in the St Louis area for many years as well as a contributor and leader in the local business aviation community. He has served as a GSLBAA Board member, officer and BAAMO committee chairman, providing foundational leadership that has helped stimulate the growth of GSLBAA over the years.

    Bob continues to serve on the GSLBAA Board and will be an integral part going forward.

  • 13 May 2019 10:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2019 Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee: 
    Keith Mueller, GSLBAA Member
    Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame

    Keith Mueller is a flight instructor, mechanic and aviation educator. He has flown as a corporate pilot and served many hours as a flight instructor. Mueller began as a mechanic for Ozark Airline, which was later merged into Trans World Airlines and then finally became part of American Airlines. Mueller retired from American as Central Regional Manager for Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering in 2015.

    Mueller was a flight instructor and Assistant Chief Flight Instructor with the Belleville Area College Aviation Program in the 1980s. He later became the part-time coordinator for that program until it was discontinued. Belleville Area College became Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) and Mueller, while still working at the airlines, became the part-time Aviation Program Coordinator for SWIC. He developed the Aviation Pilot Training Program, the Aviation Management Program and then the Aircraft Dispatcher Program.

    In addition to Mueller’s significant accomplishments with the airlines and SWIC, he has a long history of volunteer service in the aviation community. He has promoted aviation to local school districts teachers and students in St. Clair, Madison, Randolph and Monroe counties. In 2017, he was a planner and participant for a STEM Aviation Day at MidAmerica Airport that was attended by over 200 local teachers. He is a member of EAA Chapter 64 and participates consistently in their Young Eagles program. He provides leadership in the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructor Association, and volunteers at the Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum. He is always a willing mentor to young adults interested in aviation. We salute you for your contributions to the aviation program at SWIC, your mentorship efforts and your devotion to the aviation community.

  • 27 Apr 2019 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association is honored to receive the 2018 "Spirit of St. Louis Award" from the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association.

  • 15 Apr 2019 7:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dorothy “Dar” Jane White
    November 8, 1955 – April 15, 2019

    Dorothy White, 63, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019.  Beloved wife of Greg Kruse; loving mother of Jennifer (Christopher) Caldwell, Carrie Seeler, and Katie (Ross) Lindemann; treasured grandmother of Kyle (Kayla) Dyer, Courtney Caldwell, and Paige Lindemann; cherished great-grandmother of Kimberly and Kollyn; dear sister of Bill White and Robert (Wanda) White; dear sister-in-law of Daniel Libby, Mary Lou Omick, and Rich Kruse; dear aunt, cousin, and friend to many.

    Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, William and Theodora White and her sister, Margie Libby.

    Dorothy worked in private aviation for 30 years.  She sat on the board for the Greater St. Louis Business Aviation Association Educational Foundation, even serving as president for one year. In her spare time she enjoyed working in her garden and traveling back to her home state of New Jersey to see her “Jersey Girls”.  Dorothy’s pride and joy were her children and grandchildren and entertaining with all of them attending. She was a very caring person, with family stretching beyond blood;  Many of her friends became family.  Dorothy will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

    SERVICES:  A memorial visitation will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 2 PM – 6 pm at Hutchens-Stygar Funeral & Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., (St. Charles) with a memorial service immediately following at 6 PM at Hutchens-Stygar.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations appreciated to Wings of Hope.

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