Member Bob Christensen mentioned in AirVenture article

SWPC at AirVenture

A member of our Short Wing Family, Bob Christensen of Ashton, Idaho, was featured in an article on AirVenture’s website on Tuesday, July 30th. Thanks to member Zac Weidner who posted a link to the article on our Club’s Facebook page.

The article, written by Jack Hodgson is titled Around the Field: An EAA chapter vice president, and a schoolteacher firebomber. In it, Hodgson talks to Bob about OshKosh and his 1960 PA22 Tri-Pacer. The second part of the article profiles two other EAA members, Shahar Golan and his son Roi, both from Detroit.

For a full listing of 2013 AirVenture articles, click HERE to visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 News page on their website. 

To read Jack Hodgson’s other Around the Field articles, click HERE

To read the story about Bob Christensen, click HERE or on the image below.

Bob Christensen AirVenture

Oregon Aero Deal for SWPC Members during AirVenture

SWPC at AirVenture

During OshKosh/AirVenture 2013, Oregon Aero has extended a special offer to SWPC members to get an additional 5% discount on advertised show specials through August 15th. Oregon Aero specializes in making your flying experiences more comfortable with the many products they offer like seat cushions and headset upgrade kits. Be sure to check out their products on their website,, or visit them at OshKosh to see their products first hand.

If you are at OshKosh, you can find Oregon Aero in Building C, Booth 3151-3155. Pick up a special 5% off flyer from the SWPC Table in the Type Club Building (in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn ) or print out this one from the website and hand  it in to Oregon Aero when you place your order.

If you are not able to attend AirVenture but would like to get the special 5% off deal, just call Oregon Aero at 1-800-888-6910 and mention that you are a member of the Short Wing Piper Club and would like an additional 5% off of the AirVenture specials.

Thanks Oregon Aero for supporting the Short Wing Piper Club and our members with this extra 5% off deal!Oregon Aero OSH Deal

Short Wings at AirVenture – Day One

SWPC at AirVenture

It’s opening day at EAA’s AirVenture 2013 and there’s a lot of Short Wings on the field and a good number of our Short Wing Family already enjoying OshKosh!

If you are looking for a place to connect with other SWPC members, want to find out information about joining the SWPC or have questions about Short Wing Piper airplanes, be sure to stop  by our SWPC table in the Type Club building located in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn.

Here’s a couple of reports from the field from SWPC members and some new pictures.

Amber & Tom McKernan arrived at OSH on Sunday evening. They flew their 1963 Colt in from New York and are Parked in Row 101 E in Vintage next to a 172 Cessna from Oklahoma. Here’s what Amber had to say on our Facebook page:

“Home for the next week! Dry and partly sunny…a perfect day. It is especially nice after the rather miserable evening weather yesterday. Thank goodness for a space blanket from our on-board survival kit. Nice and cozy…crinkly, but toasty warm.

Tom & Amber McKernan’s 1963 Colt, N5883Z, all ready for a fun time at AirVenture 2013

Met another Piper Colt owner last night a few rows up. We traded stories of enjoying the quirks of these fine little planes that get us where we want to go (at a leisurely pace). 

The crowds are coming in at a steady pace, and most trams to get from place to place on the grounds are full of riders. Spoke with a gentleman from Korea on the blue tram. His companions were here for the first time; it is his second. I am always impressed by the ease with which complete strangers strike up conversations here. We have met so many great people here in the few years we’ve been coming.

Our campsite is by the taxiway where the big airshow planes do their run-up and get ready to head out each morning. They sound like a nest of angry hornets…..I love that sound!”

Amber also reported early Monday afternoon that the  general aircraft camping and  parking areas are both 70% full. If you want to check on the latest Aircraft Parking, click HERE

Bryan Hunt from Illinois made it to OshKosh on Saturday morning with his Pacer, N4763A. Look for Bryan’s Pacer in Row 74w.

Bryan Hunt's 1956 Pacer, N
Bryan Hunt’s 1956 Pacer, N4763A.

Look for Jerry Isbell’s Pacer  along with a bunch of other Short Wingers from all over the country in Rows 63 and 64W.

Here’s a couple of Facebook reports from Jerry:

Sunday, July 28th: “Our more shortwings arrived Sunday and one Apache. Two pilots yet to arrive. Great visiting and a group dinner last night; we hired a school bus to take us there. It is still cold and Saturday night I was bundled up in the sleeping bag. We are parked in two rows west of the Hangar Cafe.

View of 63 &64W from Sunday July 28th, the day before AirVenture 2013 opened.

Here’s Jerry’s report from Monday morning, July 29th: “AirVenture day one has arrived. Two more ShortWings due in, one from Idaho one from Vermont. Low clouds with nice holes to let the sunshine in. By afternoon our clan will be complete.”

Monday morning in Rows 63 and 64W – Short Wings at AirVenture 2013


AirVenture 2013 SWPC Pictures

SWPC at AirVenture

Here’s a bunch of pictures of Short Wings set up for Oshkosh 2013 sent in by SWPC member Jerry Isbell.  Jerry arrived at OSH on Wednesday, July 24th to set up camp for himself along with several other Short Wingers. There’s a group of them set up in Row 64W if you want to stop by for a visit. Jerry noted that SWPC member, Jim Gardner, is typically one of the first Short Wingers to arrive at Oshkosh but not present this year. They had some rain on Thursday night and also on Friday but Jerry reported, “No leaks in my tent and no issues in our entire parking area.”

Saturday morning, Jerry wrote this update on the SWPC Facebook page: “Saturday update KOSH. Was 58 degrees this morning. Last night I slept in sweat clothes and socks and was ok. Heavy rain and thunder again late afternoon yesterday. Today three more of our clan arrive from VT California and Michigan. KOSH is slowly coming alive.”

Thanks, Jerry, for keeping us up to date on our Facebook page and letting us post your Oshkosh pictures and updates on the website!

The pictures shown below are thumbnail images so are somewhat cropped. To view full size, please click on any picture. Clicking on a picture also allows you to view the gallery as a slideshow. Enjoy!

Short Wings Arriving at OSH13

SWPC at AirVenture

AirVenture 2013, EAA’s huge fly-in event, doesn’t open until Monday, July 29th, but people are already arriving. SWPC Member Jerry Isbell flew his Pacer in and has already set up camp along with three  other Short Wings and members of the Short Wing Family.

Here’s a picture Jerry sent in via text along with a note that this award winning Short Wing, N3314A, is parked on the Grand Champion row. An N number search shows that the 1953 TriPacer is owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that the TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008.



We hope to have more pictures from AirVenture 2013 posted on our website soon!

SWPC Member Jim Younggren featured in Kittson County Enterprise

It’s always fun to see Short Wing Pipers and members of our Short Wing Family in the news. Here’s a story about SWPC Member, Jim Younggren, of Hallock, Minnesota.

Jim was featured in his local newspaper, The Kittson County Enterprise, for his love of flying vintage airplanes. The article focuses on Jim’s 1951 PA-18 Super Cub and his plans to fly it to AirVenture 2013 but Short Wings and the SWPC get a lot of attention in the article, too!  The article talks about Jim and Betty’s PA20 Pacer, the Short Wing Piper Club, Jim and Betty’s trip to the SWPC Convention in Ogden, Utah and Jim’s recent trip to Alaska in his PA-20.

Click HERE to read The Love of Flying Vintage, by Gail Norland or click on the image below.


Do you know of newspaper, internet or magazine articles that feature SWPC members or Short Wing Piper airplanes? Please let Myrna, your Website Content Manager, know and we’ll feature them here on the SWPC Website.

2013 Poker Run Pictures

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

Despite rainy weather during some of the 2013 Convention, the weather cooperated enough so people could fly the Poker Run on Wednesday, July 3rd. Convention Chair, Andy Seligson, reports that 12 aircraft flew in the Poker Run. 22 hands were played. The winner was Kevin Weidner flying a Twin Comanche with Three 7s. Fabio Schulthess had the second best hand with Three 3s.

SWPC member Ralph Gutowski is one of the people who participated in the Poker Run. He rode along with Barb Miller in her TriPacer and took a large number of pictures along the way.

Ralph shared the pictures of his poker run adventure in a photo album that you can find on the internet at this link:
You do not have sign up or register to view the photo gallery.

Ralph was generous enough to let us to use some of his many Poker Run pictures here on the website. So, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a number of the pictures from Ralph’s Poker Run album. Captions were taken directly from Ralph’s online slideshow.

The pictures shown below are thumbnail images so are somewhat cropped. To view full size, please click on any picture. Clicking on a picture also allows you to view the gallery as a slideshow. Enjoy!


SWPC People & Planes at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

EAA’s AirVenture 2013 is just days away and Short Wingers are already driving and flying in to this wonderful annual event. AirVenture is a great place to meet up with members of our Short Wing Family – but – if you’ve been to AirVenture, you already know it’s a HUGE event and it can be terribly hard to find people there.

If you are looking for SWPC members or airplanes, be sure to stop at the SWPC table located in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn. Our table is managed by member Clete Cisler and should be staffed by Clete and other members from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday the 27th through the evening of Friday, August 2nd.

The SWPC Table is a great place to connect with other Short Wingers! Be sure to sign in and make a note of where you are parked or staying on the sign up sheet Clete keeps at our SWPC table so other people can find you. And, if you feel like getting out of the sun and want to help out the Club and talk to people, sign up to work a shift at the table.

Here’s some info from gathered from our Facebook page on where Short Wings have been know to, or are planning, to park:

Jerry Isbell from Ohio wrote , “there will be about twelve of our Short Wing Pipers just west of the Hangar Café [near row 66W]. We park there every year. Look us up. From California to Switzerland, and many places in between. Just west of us is Jim Gardner.”

Daniel Miller noted that “In the past many Pacer types have managed to be together in the west side of the vintage parking”

Feel free to add a comment below noting where you parked your Short Wing at AirVenture to further help fellow SWPC members find you. If you’d like, you can also comment as to where you are camped in Camp Scholler or post comments about trying to get a group together for dinner at AirVenture or to do some airplane watching with a fellow Short Winger or two!

If you have Short Wing news or pictures you are willing to share on the SWPC website, be sure to send them to

We’ll be posting updates on AirVenture if we can. Check back at our AirVenture page or Latest News page to read the updates.

More Pictures from Short Wings Over Saratoga

Short Wings Over Saratoga – 2013 SWPC Convention

Short Wings Over Saratoga Convention Chair, Andy Seligson, sent in a whole bunch of pictures from our recent 2013 SWPC Convention showing members of our Short Wing Family taking part in the convention actives. You’ll see people enjoying the 4th of July Parade, the Lake George Dinner Cruise, the Banquet as well as just hanging out enjoying each other’s company.

Ralph Gutowski also shared a gallery of pictures from the Lake George Dinner Cruise that you can view if you click on this link: Thanks, Ralph, for sharing your pictures!

The pictures shown below are thumbnail images so are somewhat cropped. To view full size, please click on any picture. Clicking on a picture also allows you to view the gallery as a slideshow.

2013 Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Short Wings Over Saratoga – 2013 SWPC Convention

Five Short Wing Piper Education Foundation scholarships were awarded at this year’s Short Wings Over Saratoga Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY.  According to Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins, The SWPC Board voted to award each recipient a $ 2,000 scholarship for the upcoming school year.

Congratulations to each recipient!

Michael Davis is a Senior attending The University of Tennessee. He was sponsored by Wally Soplata.

Tim Cuff, sponsored by Dave Luse, is a Junior  attending Central Washington University.

Junior Cody Marks is attending Lewis University and was sponsored by Adolph Svec.

Tyler Densford is a Sophomore attending Delta State University. Tyler was sponsored by Larry Jenkins.

Freshman Jeff Hopson will be attending Georgian College. He was ponsored by Peter Lubig.

Past Education Foundation Scholarship recipients have gone on to be professional pilots, air traffic controllers, aircraft mechanics and to work in other aviation related fields. Scholarships are funded with your generous donations to the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation. Consider making a donation today. Just click HERE for information on Making a Difference or HERE to make an online donation now.