Short Wings Over Saratoga Poker Run

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th

submitted by SWPC 2013 Convention Chair, Andy Seligson

The Poker run will take place Wed. July 3rd – approx. 9:30-10:00 am

At practically every SWPC convention I’ve attended, there was a poker run. They were always fun to participate in. Peter Lubig wanted flying activities at the convention. He’s right; this is a flying club with airplanes & pilots. There is some beautiful scenery in this area. Why not participate, get a chance to see the area from above, perhaps give a ride to a member who didn’t fly to Saratoga, and just maybe, you will beat Rico Cannone’s hand and win the prize (Rico always seems to be the winner at any contest I can recall)! As far as poker and procedures go, the best hand (5 cards/no joker) is the winner. A tie/ties split the prize. You will fly from Saratoga (5B2) to four airports, where a volunteer will staple your pick to your entry blank. It is a $10 per hand fee that many have already signed up & paid for. Yes you can pay for an entry slip at the convention. You may also play more than one hand for an additional $10, but the volunteer will only staple one card to each entry slip.

The route is simple. From Saratoga (5B2) to Bennington, Vermont (DDH) ias about 29 nm. From (DDH) to Garnsey’s (B04) airport in Schuylerville, N.Y. on th Hudson is about 18 nm. Garnsey’s is a good turf strip (better than many paved ones) with no services available. From Garnsey’s to Glens Falls, N.Y (GFL) Bennett Memorial is about 17 nm north along the Hudson. GFL has a decent restaurant for breakfast/lunch. Then it’s on to Fulton County (NY0) in Johnstown, N.Y. which also has a restaurant for breakfast & lunch and is about 38 nm SW of GFL. A short hop back to (5B2) Saratoga for your fifth card is about 21 nm east of Johnstown.

This can be a no–pressure pleasure flight to see the sights, maybe give someone a ride, and win a small fortune (emphasis on small). We will have a signup sheet for both the Poker Run and the flight to Basin Harbor, Vermont (B06) on the 4th for lunch at the Red Mill restaurant (adjacent to their 3000’ turf/carpet runway, for anyone looking for an available seat. If you are going (we encourage you) and have a seat or seats available, please let me know. If the weather is not good on Wednesday, we’ll try it on Thursday morning. If we’re weathered out, you will be refunded your entry fee. We hope to soon have information on a walking Poker Run where you can walk to several shops in town and, for the same $10 entry fee, get a poker hand ( and possibly patronize that merchant ). Stay tuned for further information.


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In Memory of Lew Porter

It is with great sadness that the SWPC Board announces the passing of one of our Short Wing Family members, Lew Porter.

For those of you who may not have known Lew and his involvement with the SWPC, Lew served as the SWPC Chapter Coordinator from 2002 until just recently when his illness, mesothelioma (a type of cancer) forced him to step down from that position. Lew and his wife, Lily, have been members of the club since 1989 and members of the Mid-Atlantic chapter. Both Lew and Lily attended almost all of the annual SWPC Conventions as well.

Here is an excerpt of a message that Lily sent to our Membership Chair and SWP News Editor, Eleanor Mills:

Dear Eleanor and all friends at the Short Wing Piper Club,

So sorry to tell you that Lewis passed away on Sat. 18th of May at 9:15 p.m. after being surrounded by the family and was very alert and saying prayers and was in good spirits.  … Lewis will be greatly missed by ME, the family and all who knew him!!

Lots of love to one and all, Lily

You can read Lew Porter’s obituary if you click HERE

Our current Chapter Coordinator, Adolph Svec, has this memory to share of Lew:

I will miss waiting for him to board the bus at this year’s convention. Khaki shorts, an SWPC convention shirt de jour, white socks standing tall, sunglasses, a wide brimmed hat and an ice cream cone is the image that comes to mind.  And always a smile, steeped in kind words……a gentleman indeed.  Godspeed, Lew.


Aircraft Parking & Tent Camping At Convention

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th

submitted by 2013 SWPC Convention Chair – Andy Seligson

We’ve had some positive developments regarding aircraft parking at the Saratoga airport (5B2) in the last 24 hours. I don’t want to sound repetitive, but this town & location has soooo much to offer anyone! The airport is an uncontrolled field with 4000’ & 4700 paved runways, an active sailplane presence, one FBO (same price for fuel by truck or pump for us), and various areas of hard surface aircraft parking with rings in the concrete for tiedown ropes. We explained to the eager FBO & airport manager exactly what we want to do with this convention and how many aircraft we are expecting. No problem says the manager. There’s plenty of ramp space over there, over there, and over there. Do you know where over there is? We didn’t either and kept getting vague responses (and nervous). Why can’t we just park on all that empty grass on this huge tract of land? Because it’s protected as a butterfly breeding area and the county has a ban on aircraft parking! I had a conversation with Kurt Selbert about this last night and he almost couldn’t believe this, except he lives in California.

Yesterday, Rico Cannone, our chapter & convention treasurer (based at Saratoga) met with the manager and got some great news. The grass area adjacent to his hangar is not owned by the county, & we can park about 14 planes there! Not only that, but they will permit tent camping under the wing in this grass area. The FBO (North American) has good facilities including showers that will be available. We are looking into portable toilets. The paved ramp adjacent to this area has plenty of room for tiedowns. You must bring your own rope!! If you want to park/tent on this grass area, it will be 1st come 1st served, unless you make a prior request for a grass spot through me: or 914-337-2968. If you are parking on the grass you’ll need anchors & rope. On the pavement, only rope. We’ll have volunteers with handheld radios to direct parking. Wow, it’s almost July!! Hope to see you in Saratoga.