Bev Jewett Memorial Grand Champion Award

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013 – July 1st – 4th

The Northeast chapter of the Short Wing Piper Club announces that we will be awarding the Grand Champion award at the 2013 International SWPC convention in memory of Bev Jewett. Bev, who passed away this year, was a dear friend and very active member of the Short Wing Piper Club. He and his family were a constant presence at fly-ins and conventions for over 20 years. The enthusiasm and dedication that both he and his wife Susan had for our organization was beyond admirable!

Bev joined the Short Wing Piper Club in 1988. I was impressed with the distance he would travel to attend the Northeast chapter fly-ins. The Jewetts lived in a suburb of Montreal where he was an Air Canada captain and his wife Susan was a flight attendant. That’s a schlep for a Pacer! The Jewetts were active in the organizing of the 1993 SWPC Ellenville, N.Y. convention. Bev got at least half a dozen members from the Montreal area to join the Northeast chapter. There wasn’t much happening back then with Canadian involvement in our organization. For years, the Jewett family would make the trek down from Canada to our fly-ins. I remember one fly-in at member Zene Garnsey’s strip by the Hudson River. The whole family piled out of that Pacer and brought lobsters for my birthday! They would make a long weekend of our fly-in to the beach at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.


As the years passed, the Jewetts moved from Van Kleek Hill to Guelph, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto) to be closer to his Air Canada base of operations. They had a beautiful home (with a pool) that Gloria & I visited. I would fly up to play golf with Bev often (he was practically a scratch golfer!). I remember one time when we happened to be there when he had promised his son he would take him to a Toronto Blue Jays game. It was against the Yankees. The Yankees won. The distance from Guelph to our events was a bit much for a day trip in their Pacer. I believe it was at this time, that Bev got involved in working with others in Canada to form some kind of active chapter for our SWPC. I know that he was among those that helped organize the Kingston, Ontario SWPC convention. Whether it was at Sun & Fun, Sentimental Journey, Oshkosh, or at a SWPC convention, Bev Jewett was there and boosting the Short Wing Piper Club. He will be greatly missed! The Northeast Chapter feels it is only proper to award the Grand Champion at this year’s SWPC convention in Bev’s memory.

Submitted by Short Wings Over Saratoga Chair, Andy Seligson

April Free Gift Winner Announced

Here’s a brief President’s Update  to announce the winner of the April 18th Free Gift!

This Free Gift included 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 winner of these fabulous free gifts is SWPC member Dale Clarkson from Saskatchewan, Canada.

Congratulations, Dale!


Here’s a link to the MaxPulse website with more information about one of the prizes:

Thanks to MaxPulse and to SWPC member Tom Anderson for donating prizes to this Free Gift drawing.

Guess what? We have Free Gift offerings every couple of months and will post information on our next Free Gift offering soon!




Digital SWP News Info & Survey

In this digital world there’s been a lot of interest in getting the Short Wing Piper News in a digital format instead of in a printed format. As mentioned in a recent Latest News post, members can now read current and past issues of the Short Wing Piper News online here on our website (to read that article, click HERE).

Recently, SWPC board member Mark Ohlau started a thread in our  Forums about how to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the News if a member would prefer a digital copy instead.

Here’s what Mark posted on the forum thread titled Digital Short Wing Piper News:

“There are many members who have been requesting that the SWPN be made available in digital format. This has been a priority of the Executive Committee for quite some time, and with the new web site is now possible. We should have it set up by the time the next issue hits the mail, and we will post further information here.

If you are not wishing to continue to receive the News in printed format, please email Eleanor Mills, eleanormills(at) to let her know. With the costs and effort required for posting, this could be a huge savings to the Club.”

There’s also a quick survey you can take as to if you prefer digital or the printed copy of the News. Not many people have chimed in with their opinion as of yet so hop on over to the Forums and take the survey!

To find the survey – go to the forums and log in there. In the search window type in “Digital Short Wing Piper News.”

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While you are in the Forums, take a look at the various topics of conversation that are going on and maybe even participate by posting some comments. There’s a ton of great information out there!

If you have trouble logging in to the Forum, please contact Forum Administrator, Kurt Selbert, through our Contact Us page.


iFLY GPS sales to benefit SWP Education Foundation

Did you notice a little ad on the right side of our website under Member Product Deal? This is not just an ordinary ad for an aviation product. Instead, this iFLY GPS ad is the result of a special arrangement our store manager and SWP Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins, worked out with Adventure Pilot company.

This is the deal, Adventure Pilot will sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50.00 for each iFLY 720 GPS until sold through our website. There’s no hidden costs to the customer or anything like that – $699.00 is the price Adventure Pilot charges anyone who visits their website –  they are simply willing to give our Club a bonus for sending business their way. It’s a win-win deal for Adventure Pilot, the Short Wing Piper Club and for the Education Foundation!

“This is the greatest avionics value I have ever purchased.” says Larry Jenkins of the iFLY GPS he uses in his award-winning Clipper. As for installation, Larry notes that adding an iFLY to his Clipper is considered to be a minor alteration to the airframe. He made an attachment point and wired in a power source from the avionics bus. There was no FAA Form 337 required, and an A & P can make the logbook entry noting the wiring and knob for mounting the portable GPS.

If you want to support the SWP Education Foundation by purchasing an iFLY 720 GPS, just follow these simple steps:

  • Jot down the special Media Code found on the bottom of the ad – SWPC50
  • Click on the ad found on the SWPC’s Website (and right here!) and you will be directed to Adventure Pilot’s web store


  • Add a iFLY GPS to your cart, click on “Add to Cart” and you will be directed to the Shopping Cart page
  • In the Media Code box, enter SWPC50
  • Click on Continue to Checkout where you continue to enter shipping/billing information and pay for your iFLY GPS
  • Adventure Pilot then sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50!

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Latest SWP News is Here!

The May-June 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News will be arriving in members’ mailboxes right around May 1st.

But guess what? If you are a current member of the SWPC you can access our latest issue of the Short Wing Piper News right here on our website!

But, in order to do so, you do need to be logged in to the website. 

Here’s how you log in:

  • Click on Member Login in the nav bar.
  • Enter your email address in the Email box
  • Enter your password in the Password box (don’t know your password? see FAQ section below)
  • Click on “Login”
  • And you’ll be directed to your My Account screen showing your customer information and any orders you have placed on the new website

My Account Login

If you have trouble logging in please see our FAQ just below or Contact our Web Content Manager (Myrna) at our Contact Us page.

Now that you are logged in you can access the latest issue, and back issues, of The Short Wing Piper News.

Here’s how:

  • Hover over “SWP News” in the nav bar
  • You should see a pull-down menu with “SWP News Issues”
  • Click on “SWP News Issues” and you will be redirected to a webpage
  • At that webpage you will see an image of the the latest issue of the SWP News
  • Click on the image and your computer will open a PDF of the News in a new window

SWP News Nav Bar

You can also find a link to the SWP Issues page right on the Short Wing Piper News page. If you are logged in, clicking on the link will take you directly to the SWP News Issues page.

Enjoy reading your latest issue of the Short Wing Piper News!


Logging in FAQ:

1) What’s my password?

  • If this is your first time logging in to our website your password is your member number (found on the address label of your SWP News).
  • If you’ve already visited our website you may have changed your password to something other than your member number. If so, use the password you entered into the website.

2) I do all of the things you say but still can’t log in. Why is this?

Most likely it’s one of these two reasons:

  • We’ve had a flurry of new memberships and renewals so there is a chance that your account hasn’t been activated in the website yet.
  • The email address you are using now may not be the address the SWPC office has on file

3) I still need help. I want to make sure my account has been activated. I’m not sure I’m using the email the SWPC has on file. What do I do?

  • Please email me (Myrna) through our Contact Us page. I’m listed as “Website Content Manager” at the bottom of the Department to Contact pull down menu. I check my email at least once a day, M-F, and will reply asap.
  • You can also call my cell at 612-532-3827. If I don’t answer, please leave a message and I will call back asap.

Possible Convention Flying Opportunities

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th

Many convention-goers add some extra sightseeing by Short Wing to their convention experience. Some make extra stops on their way to or from the convention and many Short Wingers fly off to see the sights from the air during the convention as well. Thursday morning, July 4th, is our “free day” so we’re pretty much on our own to explore and Convention Chair, Andy Selgison, has some suggestions of great places to explore with our Short Wing Pipers!

Basin Harbor Resort – Basin Harbor Resort in Vergennes, Vermont on Lake Champlin has a 3000′ turf strip (they say it’s one of the best in New England) with parking next to the Red Mill restaurant. The resort’s beach is a short walk from the restaurant (bring your swim suit!).

Fly over the Adirondacks – land at  the airport at Lake Placid, NY and take a cab to see where the winter Olympics were held in 1980.


Fly to  Sugarbush, Vermont – Sugarbush boasts a lovely paved strip and is home to SWPC member, Fabio Schulthess.

Fly to New York City – For those that want a longer trip, you could fly down the Hudson River all the way to New York City and see the spectacular skyline & Statue of Liberty. We’ve done this a couple of times at previous conventions as a planned group flight. It is approximately a 2 hour each way excursion, so you are on your own. One should consult the NY Terminal chart for procedures to fly in the Hudson River exclusion (or ask Andy).

Empire State Aerosciences Museum – A very short flight from 5B2 is the Empire State Aerosciences Museum at the Schenectady, NY airport just SW of Saratoga.

Martha’s Vineyard – head southeast from Saratoga to either Montauk, NY (MTP), Block Island, Rhode Island (BID), or Katama Airpark on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts for the beach and great seafood.

Explore the Must-See Hudson Valley – Named by National Geographic Explorer as a Must-See destination of 2013, the Hudson Valley scenery is amazing. Andy suggests flying down the Hudson River Corridor to the Verrazano Bridge & back with a stop for lunch and fuel at Orange County Airport (MGJ) or Kobelt Airport (N45).  Click HERE to read our story about the Must-See Hudson Valley.



Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – is a popular destination but not the easiest place to fly in to and use of the field is only authorized by prior permission. You must call 845-752-3200 / 845-752-3206 to get permission to fly in.  This might be a better drive-in destination instead. Check out Old Rhinebeck’s website at


Don’t have a Short Wing at your disposal? Looking for someone to ride along with you as you explore? We will have an information board at the Holiday Inn where pilots can post any flight and potential passengers can post that they are looking for a flight. In addition, you can add a comment at the bottom of this post stating you have a free seat or are in search of a ride.



Convention 2013 Schedule Details

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013 – July 1st – 4th

This information, submitted by Convention 2013 chair, Andy Seligson, can also be found in the May/June issue of the Short Wing Piper News, pages 28-32.

Note – you can also check our Convention Schedule for detailed information on each day’s events.

There was a time when we in the northeast had a frequent saying. It was something like – “we have plenty of time.” That time is now! The 2013 SWPC Convention is just around the corner. Registrations are starting to come in. I’m sure that when you can register & pay online from our new website, the speed of the process will increase! I hope you’ve seen and navigated the new site; it’s wonderful. Hats off to Myrna Mibus! To put on a convention like ours is a daunting experience. I’d like to thank Rico Cannone, Steve Sevits, Tom & Amber McKernan, Amy & Stan Smith, David Adams, and the usual cast of characters for all their time and effort!

We have narrowed down some of the specifics (schedule) for this affair. As they say in one of the industries that I am part of (show business) – “Program subject to change.” Some of these events/times are set in stone; some of these in gravel. When you arrange a program/seminar with a concern that changes ownership and the new owner is not interested, what do you do? Following is a good idea of the final schedule. Remember that arrivals will probably be starting Sunday June 30 & Monday July 1st. The Holiday Inn’s convention rates start on (I believe) Sunday.

Monday July 1st

Arrivals all day. Registration at Holiday Inn. Executive Board meeting at Holiday Inn will begin at 2:00 pm and should last about an hour and a half. The general membership  is welcome. It should be noted that this is a Board meeting and member input will only be entertained when asked for from the chair. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct Board business. At 5:00 pm, there will be a meet & greet with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at the Holiday Inn in the lounge and patio. Dinner is on your own. As we’ve said before, Saratoga has it all when it comes to food. From McDonalds to gourmet restaurants are an easy walk from the hotel, which has a pretty good restaurant itself.

Tuesday July 2nd

The bus tour of the Saratoga National Battlefield Park will be from 9 – 12. Upon our return to theHoliday Inn, the Members Luncheon will run from approximately 12:45 – 2:15. Our guest speaker at the luncheon will be SWPC member #1 – Robert Fuller. Following the luncheon will be the annual Membership Meeting. One of the items on the agenda is the formal presentation from the folks hosting next summer’s convention in California. At approximately 4-4:30 President Peter Lubig will present a seminar on aerial photography. This should be a popular event. Do you have time to breathe yet? Dinner is on your own.

Wednesday July 3rd

For some of us lucky souls, the chapter Presidents meeting will take place at 7:00 am at the Holiday Inn under the direction of our new Chapter Coordinator Adolph Svec. I’m sure there will be a lot to discuss about chapters in the SWPC. What with new chapters being formed/resurrected, inactive chapters, how our by-laws pertain to chapters, and a new Chapter Coordinator, there will be a lively discussion. There will also be some sort of continental breakfast provided. Wednesday morning will also be the planned time for our Poker Run. The exact time will be determined. If weather gets in the way, we’ll try again on Thursday morning. We encourage anyone with a plane who is going to participate and has an empty seat, to offer it to a member who didn’t fly to Saratoga. This goes for any flying activity. If you plan on going flying and have an empty seat, please offer it to someone. We will have an information board at the Holiday Inn where pilots can post any flight and potential passengers looking for a flight. There probably will be a seminar on Aviation Weather at some time in the early afternoon. It will be presented by Randy Colvin, a senior FSS briefer. The evening’s activity starts in late afternoon with a trip to Lake George for the Lake George Dinner Cruise. Buses will depart the Holiday Inn about 4:45 pm and the boat returns to the dock about 8:30 with a return to the Holiday Inn around 9:15.

Thursday July 4th

This our “free day” with no real planned activity until the banquet in the evening. One suggestion was a flight up Lake George & Lake Champlain to the Basin Harbor resort for lunch. This resort has a wonderful 3000′ turf strip adjacent to its Red Mill restaurant. The scenery, location, and food are well worth the trip. For those that want a longer trip, you could fly down the Hudson River all the way to New York City and see the spectacular skyline & Statue of Liberty. We’ve done this a couple of times at previous conventions as a planned group flight. It is approximately a 2 hour each way excursion, so you are on your own. One should consult the NY Terminal chart for procedures to fly in the Hudson River exclusion (or ask me). The Closing Banquet will be in the evening at a time to be determined. We are trying to coordinate this with the Saratoga fireworks display which is right outside the hotel’s door in the park. We will have awards from the aircraft judging as we’ll as any other awards, results of the election for SWPC President, any pertinent speeches, and our guest speaker Troy Hamon. He will have a presentation about flight training in Alaska and his book 14 Days To Alaska. My feeling on the timing for the banquet is that the fireworks would have to be after sundown. As soon as we can determine the time of that event, we can work around it.

Friday July 5th will be the departure date.

We encourage all who attend to view the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce website for the many attractions, museums, galleries, shopping, and restaurants that are very close to the Holiday Inn. We had hoped for a seminar (on site) on crafts & jewelry, presented by a local store. That was the company that changed ownership. I’m sure that many of our women could easily walk into the village and do some major damage in the many shops, boutiques, & galleries. We are still trying to arrange something along these lines for our women. The many activities for children has been addressed in a separate article. If a group of women (of course men are included) want to have a tour of the nearby Museum of Dance, we can arrange that.

Car rentals for people flying into Albany, N.Y. commercially was discussed in another article. For those flying into Saratoga (5B2), we have made arrangements with Enterprise (518-587-0687) for a discounted rate. You must tell them that you are flying into North American (FBO). They have a discounted rate. On top of that, if you are a member of AOPA or EAA, give them the Enterprise code and they will take off even more from North American’s rate. While the hotel gave us a good rate for “high season” I think the car rental rate is compatibly higher. If you can find a better rate from another agency – take it.

We are encouraging all who attend to purchase the shirts and caps with the convention logo. This information is on the registration form. Yes we will always need volunteers for various things like aircraft parking, registration, shuttle van drivers from the hotel to the airport, etc. In the matter of airport parking, bring your own tied down ropes! There is no parking on any grass area. There are tie down rings on the ramp to attach your ropes to. We are also asking (begging) for donations of any door prizes to be raffled away. While we are asking for aviation related things, any reasonable item will be much appreciated. These can be sent to me at: Andrew Seligson 331 Westchester Avenue Yonkers, N.Y. 10707. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: or H: 914-337-2968 or C: 914-522-3341. We are looking forward to having a good time with you all this July! Safe flying to you all.

SWPC Postcards are here!

It’s just about time for Sun-n-Fun and people who stop by the Short Wing Piper Club table in the Type Club tent or happen upon SWPC President, Peter Lubig, will be the first to pick up a special new SWPC Postcard!

The postcards showcase two eye-catching Short Wing Pipers, a Pacer on the front a Colt on the back, and were created by Peter to hand out to people at Sun-n-Fun to promote our great Club. In addition, the plan is to get some of these cards to SWPC Chapter Presidents so they can post them on airport bulletin boards, leave a few in FBO pilot rooms and give them to potential SWPC members at fly-ins.





Speaking of Sun-n-Fun, it starts on April 9th and a lot of Short Wingers are gearing up to go. Our  Florida chapter of the SWPC will be there helping out and Peter will be giving a SWPC forum. I’ll be posting more information about the Short Wing Piper Club and details of our involvement at Sun-n-Fun in the next day or two.

I’m sure you noticed the stunning photography on the postcards. Did you know our SWPC president, Peter, is also an aviation photographer? He is. Peter will be giving a seminar on aerial photography at our annual SWPC Convention, held this year in Saratoga Springs, NY. The seminar will be held on July 2nd. More details can be found on the SWPC Convention 2013 website pages.

Lots going on – No Fooling!

It’s April Fools Day and a lot of people post jokes on their websites and blogs on this fun day but I’m not clever enough to come up with something to fool you all. So instead of a joke I thought I would share with you something that struck me as awfully cool about our great Short Wing Piper Club and our new website: We have a lot of great stuff going on – No Fooling!

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on with the SWPC:

Events – Just yesterday I posted three new chapter events that the Oklahoma chapter is hosting and one SWPC sponsored event. All of the events look like fun! Take a look at the Event Calendar and see if there is an event you can attend and be sure to send me any new events you’d like to see on the calendar.

Forums – Our forums are alive and well and getting more and more activity all the time. Be sure to head over there and check them out. You do need a separate login to get into the forums because they are essentially a different website that we link to – but we’re working on changing that. Be sure to read the recent SWPC Forums Update post for information about logging in

Sun-n-Fun – Did you know that the SWPC has a presence at Sun-n-Fun? Our Florida chapter represents us well and is on hand in the type club area answering questions about the Club and handing out information. Chapter president, Peter Lubig, will be presenting a forum this year as well. Stay tuned for a post just about Sun-n-Fun that I will post in the next few days.

Classifieds  – Looking for a great deal on an airplane or some parts? Members are now posting ads in our Classifieds section. Check our Classifieds for a great deal!

Free Gifts – Another great benefit to SWPC members is our Free Gift program. Be sure to check out President Peter Lubig’s latest post about our April 18th Free Gift Giveaway

Website – yes, our old website is gone and our new website is now up and running.THANK YOU for your patience as we figure out a few things here and get things going 100%. We’re still working on our online convention registration form and there are some tweaks going on with member login. I’ll be posting more information about member login very soon!

There’s much more going on in our wonderful Short Wing Piper Club and on our website than I mentioned, of course. Just browse around the website to check things out – we’re adding new things almost every day.

Best to all of you!

~Myrna – SWPC Website Content Manager

SWPC Forums update

Here’s a bit of news about our SWPC Forums from our forum moderator, Kurt Selbert.

Hello everyone,

I am sending out messages to all registered users of the SWPC web forums.  We have a new website,, and the web forums have been reorganized and updated for user convenience.  Yes, there is still the requirement to have a separate log in for the main site and forums, for now.

A note on logging in to the new web site itself, that process is still being finalized, so your old username and password won’t work.  But, you can do everything as a “guest” except rent tools, so it isn’t really limiting.  Information on how to log in to the main site will be sent out to all members in the next few weeks.

Now I know this will reach many of you who left the club a few years back, some vowing never to return (I was one of those). But, something drew me back and I’m hoping it will you, too.

One of the big problems these forums faced in past years was an inability for many people to log in and thus be able to post, and that is unfortunate. If though you feel like coming back and are unable to log in, please send an email and we can get you squared away asap.

Take care,

SWPC Forums