AirVenture 2013 Wrap-up

SWPC at AirVenture

EAA’s Air Venture 2013  wrapped up nearly a month ago but it’s always fun to see some more pictures and hear more updates from the event. So here you go…

Clete Cisler, who manages our table in the Type Club Building, reported that he had 85 signatures of SWPC members who were in attendance with or without their aircraft. Helping Clete spread the SWPC  from our  booth were SWPC President, Connie Stevens, Darren Whipple from the Rochester area (who  helped out several days and for at least the last four years) and  Dan Simpson and Joe Carter. Clete adds, “Eleanor had the [Short Wing Piper] News delivered to my house well in advance and all issues including some left over from last year were passed out. Also all the brochures of the Short Wings were gone. All in all it was a good year.”

SWPC President Connie Stevens wrote that during AirVenture they signed up about 15 new applicants. Many of them decided to take part in a special membership deal (details to be posted on the website soon) that offered a discount if they decided to get the Short Wing Piper News in digital format instead of hard copy. She adds, “Thanks to Clete Cisler of GreenBay WI. Clete has volunteered for many years representing SWPC at AirVenture. He manages the SWPC table in the Vintage Aircraft Building not far from the Past Champions display where 3 Short Wings stood proudly for all to see and enjoy the efforts of their owners.”

Jerry Isbell noted on our SWPC Facebook page that he checked the awards listings. Here is what he wrote: “…So I had time to do some computer searching for the award winners at AirVenture 2013. There was not a single short wing Piper on the list. And I saw several great looking short wings there. Next year I hope we have as good a turn out as this year at our camp near the Hangar Café…”

I, too, did a search of the AirVenture winners. Jerry is correct, there wasn’t a Short Wing listed among the winners for 2013. I noticed that one of our SWPC members, Jim Younggren (who was featured in his local newspaper – the story mentions his Pacer, the SWPC and our 2012 Convention in Ogden) won a Bronze Lindy with for his 1951 Piper PA-18.

It would be great to see a Short Wing Piper in the list of winners in 2014. Get your Short Wing ready and start making plans for AirVenture 2014!

To get you excited for next year, here’s a slideshow of AirVenture pictures. Thanks to Short Wing Family members Amber McKernan, Daniel Miller, Constance Stevens and Jerry Isbell for sharing your photos with us.

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SWPC History Book Back in Print

I was searching through our SWPC Forums yesterday and noticed a post titled History Book and written by SWPC member, Daniel Miller. In case you aren’t aware, the SWPC complied a history of the Club and published a book, Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History.  The book was published by Turner Publishing Company in 2006 and has been out of print for some time. Good news! According to the post I found on the Forums, we now know that the book is back in print!

Here is the post I found in our SWPC Forums, dated August 12, 2013:

“Under the website tab “About Us” – “History” – “Early History” there was mention of a book by Eleanor Mills called Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History. I looked it up and ordered it and today it arrived. I was expecting a pamphlet sized booklet, but instead it is a full sized book 12″ X 9″ with 136 pages. It is chock full of Short Wing stuff including the entire detailed history of the origins of the club as well as a synopsis of each convention up to 2004. It has lots of pictures of member’s planes with detailed information about equipment. How did I not know about this book? I’ve been with the club since 1981 and I don’t ever remember thisbook being published. I really enjoyed reading about the members and traveling back in memory lane. I remember meeting many of them. Many of which are no longer with us. Thank you Eleanor for keeping all this history and putting it on paper as a keepsake. I’m going to keep reading this for quite a while. It is now 8 or 9 years since the book was compiled. There has been a lot of happenings since then. It is about time for a sequel.”

Here’s the description of the book as listed on the Turner Publishing Company website:

This collector’s item publication will trace the history of the Short Wing Piper Club from its humble beginnings at Van Sant Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to its current standing of being comprised of over 3,200 aviation enthusiasts who own, fly, or simply admire five of Mr. Piper’s best aircraft, the PA 15/17-Vagabond, PA 16-Clipper, PA 20-Pacer, PA 22-Tri-Pacer, and PA 22-108 Colt PA-22/20, built between 1948 and 1964. The 41 different chapters the Short Wing Piper Club represents will also be featured prominently in this one-of-a-kind book. 136 pages, 9″ x 12″ – Hardbound

Thanks, Daniel, for sharing your find about the SWPC Commemorative History Book with us!

Interested in ordering a copy of the Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History for yourself? The books are available through Turner Publishing Company. Click HERE or on the picture below for more information or to order your copy.


SWPC History Book

Scholarship Students Awarded $2000 Each

Following is an article written by Larry Jenkins, our SWP Education Foundation Director. It also appears on pages 67-68 of the September-October 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News.

SWP Education Foundation Activities
By Larry Jenkins
Educational Foundation director

This is the edition of the SWPC News where the winners of the Short Wing Piper Education Foundation are announced. All applications are thoroughly reviewed and submitted to the SWPC Board. Each applicant has to write a brief reason as to why he or she should receive a scholarship, and those who are re-applying do the same, including their academic accomplish- ments from the previous school year.

The SWP Education Foundation Scholarship Program now solely exists because of your donations. I am happy to report that through your financial support, over the past year, and profit from the SWPC Store, we had enough donations and profit to reach our goal for this year’s scholarship awards. Because of the current economy, we must all continue to do our part to support the Education Foundation, as we did this past year, to have enough scholarship money available for the 2014/2015 school year. I was pleased, this past year, when the Board moved the long term Education Foundation money into a better investment company, giving us a greater monetary return on our investment money. Hopefully, someday we can use this investment money’s interest to once again support our scholarship program.

Many of this year’s convention attendees donated their raffle winnings to the Education Foundation. My warmest thank you to everyone who made these winnings available. These donations will help us get a good start on our budget for the next school year.

Because of the number of donations, I am unable to personally thank everyone for their donations. I remain humbled by your benevolent passion for the SWP Education Foundation. So, here is the best I can do, thanks to everyone who has donated to help our young people get assistance in acquiring their education for a career in aviation.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners. The Board voted to award each recipient a $2,000 scholarship:

Senior Michael Davis attending The University of Tennessee, sponsored by Wally Soplata

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

Junior Cody Marks attending Lewis University, sponsored by Adolph Svec.

Sophomore Tyler Densford attending Delta State University, sponsored by Larry Jenkins.

Freshman Jeff Hopson attending Georgian College, sponsored 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 orHERE to make an online donation now.

Upcoming Fabric Covering Seminar

Just a reminder – Univair is offering a Fabric Covering Seminar September 20-22 in Aurora, Colorado and you can still sign up!  Click HERE to read the full story about the seminar written by the instructor, Clyde R. Smith, Jr.

Here’s an excerpt from that article with information specific to the seminar and all you can expect to do and learn.

2013 Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar Hosted by Univair – By Clyde R. Smith, Jr.

We’ll begin the first day with a presentation of the genealogy of the early Pipers. We’ll discuss the FAA Airworthiness Directives that pertain to the airframe, engine, propeller and accessories. As the class progresses, we’ll go over the whole restoration process in detail from tear down to the final inspection and test flight. We’ll discuss cleaning, inspection, fabricating parts, and where to get parts and supplies. We’ll also talk about covering, painting, upholstering, and final touches. There will be demonstrations and a chance for some “hands on” experience. We’ll end up with an exercise on rigging. A few of the demonstrations will include rib repair methods, wing panel trammeling, and fabric covering and stitching. Each student will receive an information packet including a notebook, pen, and a generous supply of very informative handouts. Tail decals and some small parts that I manufacture will be displayed for sale during the seminar. Old photos and factory reference books, along with currently published books on Piper history will also be displayed. Videos pertaining to Piper history will be shown during evening hours and some will be for sale. If desired, workshop duties may continue after the final day, and I will be available, for a fee, for small duties or consulting. Complimentary coffee and doughnuts will be supplied each morning.


Don’t delay and miss out. Class size is limited. This year’s seminar is September 20-22 and will be hosted by Univair Aircraft Corporation in Aurora, Colorado. The tuition for the year 2013 is $395.00, with immediate family members under 21 years of age and spouses at $245.00. Returning students from previous seminars will also be $245.00, if space allows. Payment can be made the first day of the seminar by check or credit card. The instructor reserves the right to cancel a class if attendance is not sufficient. All funds received will be returned, in that case. An information packet with registration, lodging and transportation information as well as directions to the seminar site can be found on Univair’s website, or by calling Mike Wotovitch or Jim Dyer at 303-375-8882. Come join in and be a part of this friendly and informative session, and bring some photos of your aircraft or project with you. I’m looking forward to meeting you.


Short Wings at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

Yesterday, Sunday August 4th, was the final day of AirVenture 2013. All reports on our SWPC Facebook page indicate that members of our Short Wing Family had a great time while at the convention. I hope to post some more tidbits of information from the convention and pictures in the next few days.

For now, though, here’s a nice bunch of pictures sent in by member, Bryan Hunt, of Short Wing Pipers he saw at AirVenture. With a couple of exceptions, information on aircraft type and owners was gathered through the N# search engine at


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AirVenture 2013 – Day 5

SWPC at AirVenture

We’re nearing the end of AirVenture 2013. The type club tables in the Vintage building have to pack up and move out by Friday evening so if you are still on your way to Oshkosh you’ll be sad to find the type club area closed up on Saturday and Sunday. I believe the type clubs need to move out of the Vintage Building because EAA needs to set up the space for the Vintage Awards which take place on Saturday. So, if you are around AirVenture on Saturday evening, head on over to the Vintage Hangar for the VAA Aircraft Awards and see if any Short Wings won this year. According to the AirVenture Master Schedule, the Awards Event takes place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Interested in seeing the AirVenture Master Schedule? Click HERE and you’ll be directed to the schedule page on EAA’s website

I’m planning to post more pictures and some updates from the field in the next few days. There’s been a lot of posts on what’s going on and pictures on the SWPC’s Facebook page so please hop on over to our Facebook page to check things out! Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.

For today, we have a few pictures to share of a past EAA Champion. We posted a picture of this gorgeous TriPacer once already. Thanks to Jerry Isbell for sending in the first picture (click HERE to read about the plane and see the picture).

Another SWPC member, Bryan Hunt, send in some more shots of this gorgeous plane, N3314A, owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that this TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008. You can see in the pictures just how award-worthy this TriPacer is!

Thanks, Bryan, for sharing your pictures with us.

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