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
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.
Here’s a link to the MaxPulse website with more information about one of the prizes:http://www.maxpulsemaxdim.com/maxdimMicro.htm
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!
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)att.net 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.”
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.
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!