December 2016 Updates

Hi ShortWingers!

Sorry for the lack of updates in November, but the webmaster (me!) was traveling in a place where there was no Internet and no Short Wing Pipers!

The first quarter 2017 SWPC Newsletter is now available here!

The Georgia SWPC Chapter will be co-hosting its Christmas Party this year with EAA Chapter 468 at Peach State Airpark (GA2) on Saturday December 10, 2016 in the Museum Library.

On a very sad note, we lost a great friend of aviation a few weeks ago. Ron Alexander, who many of you knew, was lost in a crash of his beautiful 1917 JN-4.  A war hero in Vietnam with a DFC and two Air Medals, a senior Captain for Delta, a successful entrepreneur (among others, owning Alexander Airplane (which became Aircraft Spruce East) and PolyFiber), and a Director of the Vintage Airplane Association, Ron was a larger than life Aviator. Tailwinds my friend.

October 2016 Updates

Hi All!

Here is the new Florida Chapter Newsletter for October
and Here is the Tennessee Chapter Newsletter for October

Special Note:

The Jim Gardner Memorial Chili Feed Fly-In will be held December 3 at the Vinita (Oklahoma) Airport in the hangar of Jim Reed (SWPC member) which is just east of Jim Gardner’s big hangar and is located on the southwest corner of the taxiway.
As many of our members know, Jim died this fall. He was the driving force for the annual chili dinner held at Vinita. Although he loved to socialize, over the last few years, as his health deteriorated, he didn’t have the energy to put it on, Reed said. “A few of the Vinita pilots have gotten together and want to have a memorial feed on the traditional date of December 3,” he added.
For more information, contact Jim Reed at 918-244-2130 or email

Mid September 2016 Update

The September issues of the NorthEast, Michigan, and MidAmerica Chapters are now ready for download from their respective  Chapter Pages.

The Famous Sky Catch is now back in stock in the On-line Store!

Sadly, we learned of long-time SWPC MemberJim Gardner’s death this week. For information about his life and his Memorial please, click on the President’s Update at the top of the column to your left.