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2017 Short Wing Piper Club Convention

June 11 – 15, 2017

Short Wings Over “Lancaster”
Lancaster PA

                                   Airport: Smoketown (S37)                                                                                  Smoketown Airport  Phone 717-394-6476                              
311 Airport Drive, Smoketown, PA 17576
                          Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center                             717-299-5500 Call NOW! Rooms are going FAST!   
2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster PA 17602                                      Rates: $119 Single; $129 Double; $145 Triple; $159 Quad                                All SWPC Group Reservations Include a Full B’fast Daily                  



  • Preliminary Schedule:
    Sunday, June 11:
    –  Convention arrivals and early registration
    –  Annual Board Meetings: Club & Foundation 1PM – 3:30PM _Young Eagles SWP Flyout 4PM ET. Thanks, to EAA Chapter 540  –  Hangar Party 5-6:20PM at S37
    –  Meet & Greet at 6:30PM ET at Host Hotel
    Monday, June 12:
    –  Annual Membership Luncheon: 12 Noon – 1PM
    –  Annual Membership Meeting: 1PM – 3PM
    –  Activities are being planned
    Tuesday, June 13:
    –  Chapter President’s Breakfast Meeting:  8 – 9:30AM
    –  National Technical Adviser’s Forum 10 – 11:30AM
    –  Activities currently being planned
    Wednesday, June 14:
    –  AM Activities currently being planned
    –  Annual Banquet: 6:30 – 9PM
    Thursday, June 15:
    – Activities TBD
    – Early departures for Lock Haven PA
    Friday, June 16:
    –  Departures for Lock Haven PA

                                                 June 20-24, 2017                                                                                 ~Meet at Sentimental Journey, Lock Haven PA~                                                    Piper Aviation Museum: SWPC Exhibit                                                                           Wednesday, June 21, 2017                                                      Breakfast & Buy, Build & Fly Forum   10 – 11:30 AM ET

  •  Local Attractions:
    –  Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park
    –  Pennsylvania Railway Museum
    –  Strasburg Steam Railroad
    –  Amish Farms
    –  Factory Outlet Stores

  • Poker Run includes a Flight Around the Statue of Liberty
    –  Date & Time TBD
  • Possible Bus trips:
    –  Washington DC – Smithsonian
    – “The Mall”
    – National Air & Space Museum, &
    – Other Smithsonian Museums &
    – the Paul Garber Restoration Facility (Free Admission)
    –  Philadelphia
    – Liberty Bell &
    – Other Historic Sites
    –  Atlantic City
    – Casinos

Short Wing Activities at Sun-N-Fun 2016


Wednesday April 6, 11:00, Academy Building Room 9. “Buy, Build, & Fly – the affordable certified ride”

Presenters: Clyde Smith, Jr, Connie Stevens

Thursday April 7, 11:00, Academy Building Room 7. “Buy, Build, & Fly – the affordable certified ride”

Presenters: Clyde Smith, Jr, Connie Stevens

Type Club Tent:

There will be a Type Club tent, but it may be in a different (Better?) venue than previous years

More details will hopefully follow.

Cactus State Fly-In

From Cliff Van Vleet in the Forum:

Here is my next reminder to come and help us “Celebrate Short Wing Pipers” at Cactus State in Casa Grande, AZ, Friday-Saturday, March 4-5 2016.

Cactus State Flyin 2016,, Casa Grande, AZ, is only three weeks away. This is the kick off aviation event in Arizona each year sponsored and conducted by the Classic Airplane Association of Arizona. We have excellent weather (most of the time) and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets this time of year and every airplane owner and/or pilot whether classic or not is invited to bring their pretty airplanes out to show off and tell stories about.

This year Cactus State is Celebrating Short Wing Pipers. Chatter on the Internet indicates several SWPC members outside our Arizona Chapter have learned about the celebration and are planning to attend. This is great news. There will be a row of parking set aside for fly-in Short Wings to group together complete with a Short Wing Piper Club banner and a table for distributing some literature.

What we need and I am encouraging you all to participate in is to:
1. Come and Attend the event whether you fly, drive, walk or ride in on your skateboard.
2. FLY your Short Wing to Casa Grande and put it on display with other pretty Short Wings. No limit on the number of Short Wings allowed.
3. FLY your other than Short Wing to the show and be proud of your flying machine. You can’t park with the Short Wings, but you will be part of the overall event.
2. Volunteer to sit at the AZ SWPC hospitality table for a little while to schmooze with attendees and to hand out literature.

Please mark your calendar and place this with your highest priority on joining us.

Cliff Van Vleet