April 18th Free Gift Drawing

Just in case you missed reading about this on the SWPC Forums (listed under Secret-Gift April 18th, 2013), SWPC President, Peter Lubig announced another SWPC Free Gift Drawing!

This Free Gift includes two great items for your Short Wing Piper: a MaxPulse Dimmer switch (a dimmer rheostat for your instrument panel lights) and SWPC member Tom Anderson’s LED Panel lights.

The Draw Date for the Free Gift is April 18th, 2013

Remember – you must be a current member to enter this Free Gift drawing.

Here’s how to enter:

Send an email to: swpcfree@gmail.com

In the subject bar put in the name of the gift, “MaxPulse,” and your membership number. That’s all you have to do

Your name will then be put in our drawing for this great gift.


Just wait until you hear about the June 18th gift, it will knock your socks OFF!!!!





New Convention Patches page

Part of the fun of a new SWPC website is that we get to keep updating the site with new information of interest to Short Wing Piper owners and aficionados.

We have a great History section which includes archives and information on past conventions. Added to the SWPC Archives and Past Convention information just today is a photo gallery of past SWPC Convention patches.

Thanks to Ralph Gutowski of the Ohio Buckeye SWPC Chapter for sharing his collection of patches with us.

And thanks to Chapter Coordinator, Adolph Svec, for coming up with the idea to post the patches all in one place on our SWPC Website.

Click HERE to visit the Convention Patches Page

Here’s a peek at what you will see on the Convention Patches page:

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Must-See Hudson Valley

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th

Did you know that the Hudson Valley is a featured location in “Best of The World: Our 20 Must-See Places for 2013” by National Geographic Traveler magazine?

It is! But why is this important to SWPC 2013 Convention-goers? Well, the Hudson Valley is only a short distance from our convention location so, since you will be so close to this Must-See location, you might want to consider flying or driving to the Hudson Valley to explore!

“The Hudson Valley is practically out the door!” from our Saratoga Springs convention location, said 2013 SWPC Convention director, Andy Seligson. “The Hudson River is about 10 minutes drive east of Saratoga. Just south of Albany, N.Y. (10 minute flight) begins the Hudson Valley for about 100 miles south to New York City. It’s certainly a flight worth taking….By car is also worth the trip with too many places to stop, look, & spend!”

“The scenery is quite something, especially flying down the Hudson River Corridor to the Verrazano Bridge & back.” Andy recommends a stop for lunch and fuel at Orange County Airport (MGJ) or Kobelt Airport (N45). “Be sure to bring your camera!”

Click HERE to read the National Geographic Traveler story about the Hudson Valley

Click HERE to visit the Hudson Valley Tourism website


New Events Calendar

I’m excited to let you know our Short Wing Piper Club website has a new feature – an Events Calendar.

We can use this calendar to post  SWPC events, SWPC Chapter events and Aviation events that will be of interest to SWPC members. We’ve got several events posted on the calendar already: our Short Wings Over Saratoga convention, AirVenture, Sun-n-Fun and some Sentimental Journey events as well. I’m hoping this calendar will be a good resource for our members and visitors to our website. I’ll be looking to you for events to add to the calendar and will let you know how to do that later in this post.

First – to find our Events Calendar, just click on the Events link in the blue nav bar near the top of the page.

When you click on that link (www.shortwingpiperclub.org/events/) you will be directed to a page with a full-sized calendar. This month’s calendar will be on the screen. You can navigate to other months if you click on the arrows near the top left of the calendar.

If you prefer, you can browse our events in a list format. Just click on the Event List box near the top right of the calendar to go to the event listing. Here’s a small image of what the Event List looks like. You can click on the image to go directly to the page.

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If you want to know more information about an event, click on the event title in either the Event List or on the Calendar and you will get a page with more specific event information.

You can also post comments on an event if you have more information to add to the listing or want to connect with others attending the event. For example, if you are planning to fly to Sun-n-Fun and want to meet other SWPC members there you can post a comment saying where you are going to be camping or where another SWPC member might find you.

We don’t have many events listed thus far – but I’m hoping we can get more events posted with your help!

If your SWPC Chapter has an event or if you know about an aviation event that would be of interest to the Short Wing Piper Club community, please contact me through our Contact Us page (I’m listed near the bottom of the pull-down menu as Website Content Manager)

Here’s the information I’ll need to know:

  • the event name
  • short description of event
  • type of event (Aviation Event, SWPC Chapter Event, SWPC Event – I can also add other categories like workshops, seminars etc.
  • date(s) of event
  • time event will be held or note if it’s an all day event
  • location of event including address, if available
  • contact person, if applicable, along with contact email and/or phone #
  • event website address, if available
  • cost to participate, if known

At some point in the future, we may be able to expand this Events Calendar feature so SWPC members can post events on their own and not have to send me the information.

All for now!

Myrna CG Mibus – SWPC Website Content Manager



Website Progress Report 3/6/13

Hello again! It’s time for another quick progress report to let you know what’s happening with the new SWPC Website.

  • We’re getting great feedback and many compliments on the new site
  • We’re just about ready to “go live” with the SWPC Store so you can purchase great SWPC merchandise
  • We’ve had over 1,000 people visit our site so far (77 visited the page today!)

All great stuff!! However, I am sorry to say we still don’t have our Member Login part of the site working quite yet.

But don’t panic!!  The website works just fine and you can navigate the site without being logged in!!

All that you CAN’T do right now is log in, purchase or renew a membership and check to see when your membership expires.

Even though the membership login is not yet working you CAN log in to the forums using your current forum login user name and password. If you don’t have your login information please contact Forum Admin Kurt Selbert at swpcforums@gmail.com and he will help you out.

I’m meeting with our website designer to get this Membership thing figured out on Thursday morning. Rest assured, we’re going to get that part of the website working as soon as possible!

THANK YOU for your patience as we get our new website fully up and running.

Author of book about flight to Alaska to be banquet speaker

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th


Late word received from club president Peter Lubig and 2013 convention director Andy Seligson is that Troy Hamon, author of the book 14 Days to Alaska, will be our convention keynote speaker.

Troy spent years working as a field scientist in Southwest Alaska, often being dropped off in remote places by bush pilots. Eventually, he decided he wanted to learn to fly himself. Finding no planes to rent in King Salmon, Alaska, he bought one of his own, sight unseen, rounded up an enthusiastic instructor (his brother) and set off to learn.2013 speaker October 2012 photo-1

He recorded the journey, both the learning and the traveling, and has since continued to fly the venerable white with red Piper Tri-Pacer N624A, using it to transport family, go moose and caribou hunting, and gain a grander perspective from which to enjoy the beauty of Alaska, the Last Frontier.

Troy then wrote the book about the trip and his learning experience. Flying a small plane to Alaska is an adventure many pilots only dream of, but one several members of our club have enjoyed, some more than once, and many for our convention in 2001. But they were experienced pilots. Not Troy.

In 2008, the author, a student pilot, and his brother, a flight instructor, embarked on this adventure in an airplane old enough to be their mother.

2013 speaker On the way to Alaska

On their journey, they examined how to fit twelve feet eight inches worth of grown men into one of the smallest cockpits on earth — for as many as eight hours a day. They visited places they had planned on going, to see friends and relatives, and made unintended stops in places they hadn’t ever heard of. They waited out weather, waited on maintenance, and wrapped the whirlwind of learning to fly into one of the grandest cross-country trips imaginable.

In the end, they covered in two weeks what takes commercial air carriers only a few hours to accomplish — but they had a lot more fun — and a much better view.

Not only is the club excited to have Troy for a guest speaker, but Troy is excited as well. “I would love to be a part of the convention,” he said.

This information was also published in the March/April 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News.