Flying High Book Features PA22

While looking around the internet in search of a particular book that mentions the wonderful PA-22 TriPacer, I found another book, Flying High that features the PA-22 as well.

Flying High was published in 2003 and was written by pilot Oscar Williams. Here’s a synopsis of the book taken from its Amazon page: “Flying High is a chronicle of flying experiences and observations which will stimulate forgotten memories of old pilots, peak the curiosity of new or to be new pilots and give the general public a glance into the world of a private pilot. The book will amuse some and cause many to shake their heads in disbelief.”

The book has an entire chapter on the Piper TriPacer PA-22. The chapter begins with Williams saying that in 1958, he had a “need for more speed” than the Aeronca 7AC he’d been flying. So he flew over to another airport where he’d heard there was a TriPacer. Williams wrote, “I had never seen anything so beautiful, so up close and touchable, than the Tri-Pacer sitting there gleaming in the sun.”

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The book is available on various book websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble and also through the publisher, iUniverse, in softcover book and ebook format.

If you read Flying High, let your fellow Short Wing Piper lovers know what you think of it!



Michigan Chapter News – October 2013

When SWPC chapters send their newsletters in to me at the SWPC Website, I post them on the Chapters’ page. I’m trying something new now – In addition to posting the most recent newsletters on the Chapters page, I’m going to post the newsletters in the Latest News section so they are more visible to anyone viewing our website.

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Here is our first Latest News Chapter Report from the Michigan SWPC Chapter.

To open a PDF of the Michigan Chapter October 2013 Newsletter, please click HERE or on the image below.

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See the World from Above – Pictures from Larry Jenkins

One of the greatest things about attending a SWPC Convention is the adventure in getting there, especially when getting there involves flying in a Short Wing Piper. Larry Jenkins, our Education Foundation Director and Manager of our SWPC Store, had a great flying adventure flying his Clipper from his home in Tennessee to our convention in Saratoga Springs and back home again. Larry sent in many wonderful pictures of his flight home and is letting me share  them with all of you. Thanks, Larry!

Larry’s pictures are a great inspiration to get out and fly and enjoy the world from above. So sit back and take a look at the slideshow – and then get out and fly or start planning your next flying trip to see the world from above.

Perhaps Larry’s pictures will inspire you to fly your Short Wing to  the 2014 SWPC Convention in Santa Maria, California!


Here’s some information from Larry on his pictures:

The first group of pictures includes a few pictures from the convention flight line at the Saratoga Airport and the pictures taken on the flight home of the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. The next group of pictures were taken on the segment of Larry’s journey  from the New York City area to Morehead City, NC.

Larry wrote, “I fulfilled one of my dreams to have taken every airplane I have owned to Kitty Hawk.  You can see the monument in the background.  I love the mystic of the outer banks of North Carolina.  The weather was beautiful, and you are along for one of the most awesome flights.  To keep my story short, I spent several days in Morehead City with friends I have known for more than 50 years.  Once I got a break in the weather, I flew as far west as possible, and the weather put me down in Rockingham, NC for several more days.  Again, I stayed with friends that lived in that area.  When the weather cleared, I flew west to Ft. Payne, Alabama, for fuel, and on home to H 75.  The trip was far more than what you have read about in this email and seen in these pictures. It was a trip of a life time!”

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Confessions of a Pilot – Tri Pacer Book

There are a lot of book about flying out there and from time to time Short Wing Pipers are “characters” in these stories. One example of this is 14 Days to Alaska, a book written by Troy Hamon, our guest speaker at our 2013 SWPC Convention. Hamon’s book features his TriPacer, N624A, and tells the story of Hamon’s adventure with his brother flying his TriPacer to Alaska.

While searching on the internet for information on Short Wing Pipers, I found another book that features a Piper TriPacer. The book is titled Confessions of a Pilot by Gene Seibel.

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Here’s a description of the book taken from Seibel’s website:

“What’s it like to fly an airplane? Each day across America, thousands of private pilots, climb into the sky on flights of adventure in their tiny aircraft. Confessions of a Pilot is the story of one such pilot and his 24 year love affair with flying. Explore 170 pages of memories, dreams and fears, spanning two decades of adventures in his beloved 1958 Piper Tri-Pacer. Then fly with him across North American skies from Oshkosh to Acapulco, and from Phoenix to Philadelphia to enjoy a bird’s eye view of this great land of ours. Whether you are a pilot who may have found yourself in his shoes, an aspiring pilot looking for insight, or someone who simply believes the spice of life is going beyond ordinary, everyday, earthbound activities, this is a book for you.”

You can also find at Seibel’s website a page about his former TriPacer, N8943D, which includes many links to other TriPacer websites.

We’re passing this information along in case any Short Wingers are interested. If you read Confessions of a Pilot, please add a comment and let us know what you think of the book.

Confessions of a Pilot has also been added to our growing list of articles and books listed on our Short Wings in the Media web page.


Sneak Peek at Convention 2014

A West Coast Adventure – SWPC Convention 2014

June 22 – 27, 2014

Interested in seeing what all is in store for our upcoming 2014 SWPC Convention in Santa Maria, California? Here’s a PDF created from the slideshow which was presented at the Short Wings Over Saratoga convention.

Click on the image below to view – and start dreaming of your trip to California for A West Coast Adventure. Better yet, start planning your trip!

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Saratoga Flight Line Pictures

Short Wings Over Saratoga – 2013 SWPC Convention

Yes, the 2013 Short Wings Over Saratoga convention is long over but, guess what? We still have some flight line pictures sent in by Convention Chair, Andy Seligson, to share with you.

Because of weather that was beyond poor,  we had only a dozen airplanes at this year’s convention. Still, as you can see in this collection of pictures, the flightline was lively and volunteers were on hand parking planes and welcoming pilots and passengers when the weather was nice enough for arrivals.

Thanks again to the Short Wings Over Saratoga Convention Crew for all of your hard work to make the 2013 Convention a success!

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