Short Wing Piper Club Presents Show Me Short Wings Over the Ozarks

SWPC Presents: “Show Me” Short Wings Over the Ozarks

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June 29-July 3, 2015
Branson, MO
Convention Center: Lodge of the Ozarks
Convention Airport: PLK, M. Graham Clark Downtown

“SHOW ME” Short Wings Over the Ozarks Website

Schedule (subject to change)

Monday, June 29

  • Board of Director’s meeting from 10-noon and the Meet and Greet at the airport beginning at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 30

  • Chapter Presidents’ meeting/breakfast, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Technical meeting and open technical forum, 9–11 a.m.
  • Membership Luncheon at the Keeter Center, 12 noon (Guest Speaker: Ms. Yasmina Platt (Midwest Region AOPA representative)
  • Membership Business Meeting, 1–3 p.m. (or immediately following the luncheon) also at the Keeter Center

Wednesday, July 1

  • Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise
  • Judging of convention aircraft at the airport will be done all day Tuesday and Wednesday, and until 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Thursday, July 2

  • Briefing for Poker Run, 9:30 a.m.
  • Poker Run, 10 a.m.
  • Hospitality time before banquet, 5 p.m.
  • Closing banquet, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 3

  • Departure.

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Raffles, door prizes, silent auction: We’re asking for your donations of aircraft items and handcrafted items of all kinds. A couple of prizes to whet your appetite have already been donated, a set of handcrafted gust locks by Tom Edmonson and the STC for Eddie Trimmer’s fuel system realignment donated by Eddie. If you have items to donate, you can bring them with you or you can send them to: Eleanor Mills, 820 E University St., Springfield, MO 65807, and I’ll make sure they get to the convention. If you’re bringing them with you, please email eleanormills@att.net.

Goodie Bags: Convention organizers are working hard to find lots of fabulous things to put in your convention goodie bags.

Cookies: As usual, we need cookies for the hospitality room. Bring them with you to the convention! Bonnie Mayes has already pledged to bake cookies and sweet bread for the room, too. But we want your baked items as well.

Special Offer: The registration offer is still in effect. The first 50 registrations received will be entered into a drawing for a complimentary room for the whole convention week. Get your registrations in! The registration form is at the back of this issue.

CONVENTION CENTER/HOTEL: LODGE OF THE OZARKS

For hotel reservations, call Lodge of the Ozarks at 877-327-9894 or 417-334-7535 or visit lodgeoftheozarks.com. Use the promo code “Piper” for SWPC rates. Rates are good 5 days before through 5 days after the convention. A bank of rooms have been reserved for the convention, so be sure to specify this when you reserve your room.

Rental cars are available at the airport. Vans will be available for shuttle to and from the airport/hotel.

For more information, visit the CONVENTION INFO page by clicking the link at the top of this page.Your total Branson lodging experience awaits at Lodge of the Ozarks, nestled in the heart of Branson’s 76 Country Music Boulevard, best know as ’76 Strip’. Enjoy a variety of shows, amusement parks, restaurants, shops and museums all within driving distance of the hotel.

3431 West Hwy 76  •  Branson, MO 65616
(877) 327 9894  •  www.lodgeoftheozarks.com

Your total Branson lodging experience awaits at Lodge of the Ozarks, nestled in the heart of Branson’s 76 Country Music Boulevard, best know as ’76 Strip’. Enjoy a variety of shows, amusement parks, restaurants, shops and museums all within driving distance of the hotel.Your total Branson lodging experience awaits at Lodge of the Ozarks, nestled in the heart of Branson’s 76 Country Music Boulevard, best know as ’76 Strip’. Enjoy a variety of shows, amusement parks, restaurants, shops and museums all within driving distance of the hotel. 

Your total Branson lodging experience awaits at Lodge of the Ozarks, nestled in the heart of Branson’s 76 Country Music Boulevard, best know as ’76 Strip’. Enjoy a variety of shows, amusement parks, restaurants, shops and museums all within driving distance of the hotel.

MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON SETTING

By Eleanor Mills

We think convention-goers are going to fall in love with the setting for our annual Membership Luncheon and General Membership Business Meeting, with the luncheon set for noon and the meeting following in a special auditorium. In fact, we think the College of the Ozarks and the Keeter Center are worth a separate outing if you have time.

Our luncheon will be cooked and served by students (College of the Ozarks) and the menu will include campus-raised pork (vegetarian alternative available), rolls, made from grain ground at the school’s grist mill, butter churned from cows milked twice a day at the college, you get the idea.

For the ice cream lovers in the crowd, a separate stop in the ice cream parlor should be a necessity. The students prepare 10 different varieties of ice cream and sherbet daily and make waffle cones fresh every morning.

There’s a gift shop with items made by the students, stained glass, flour, jellies, etc. There’s also the Ralph Foster Museum on the campus which features, among many Ozarks historical items, the car driven by the television show Beverly Hillbillies.

ABOUT BRANSON

We could direct you to the many sites about Branson, MO, but you can find those yourself and read all about Branson. OR you could check out a short video, viewable on YouTube. Click this link: Show Me Branson Missouri.

JUDGING CRITERIA

By Frank Sperandeo 

(Editor’s note: The SWPC executive committee in 2010 adopted a suggested judging form for all future conventions. There are 10 categories that will be used to judge the listed elements for all Short Wing aircraft. Frank Sperandeo, who is in charge of judging for this year’s convention in Branson, Mo., was instrumental in developing the form and has supplied this information on the 10 categories):

General Appearance: How does the aircraft look at about 30 feet away? Is the paint and paint scheme eyecatching? Are there any bug splatters on the paint?

Cockpit: Well-sewn, fitted upholstery and side panels? Neatly installed headliner? Attractive floor carpeting?

No stains or dirt? Quality painted trim interior and controls? Control column painted? Foot pedals cleaned or polished? Chrome door handles and detailed door jambs? Inside water damage/stains? New rubber door seals? Cookie crumbs, potato chip bags, gum wrappers, used diapers under the seats? (Just kidding!)

Instrument panel: Nicely restored paint and new lettering/placarding? Does the panel fit correctly? Top of panel painted flat black or covered neatly? Windshield cross members painted flat black? Dead bugs trapped between the windshield and boot cowl? Control wheel restored? All panel knobs restored or replaced? No loose wiring showing?

Avionics: Is the instrument lettering aging or yellowing? Is the glass foggy or full of condensation? Are they neatly arranged? Do the bezels/knobs have chipped or worn paint?

Engine: Is it oily and hasn’t been wiped down or prepped for judging? (The number one no-no.) The same for the cowl doors. Corroded engine parts? Ratty hoses? Loose wiring and plumbing? White lead powder from leaky exhaust pipes? Cracked baffling? Deteriorating baffle seals? Rusty, worn screws and fastening hardware? Leaks in gas/oil lines?

Landing Gear: Stretched/worn bungees? (Excessive gap opening at fuselage.) Greasy and oily? Leaky brake fluid? Black dust from brake operation? Worn, cracked tires or tailwheel? Stone pitted/rusty wheel struts?

Fuselage: Oily belly? (First thing judges look at.) Cracked/peeling paint? Rusty hardware? Bent/cracked inspection panels? Bent sheet metal on cabin/luggage doors? Rusty door hinges? Corroded door locks? Bent/cracked fuselage fairings? Cracked, crazed or milky windows/windshield? Fabric tapes that are peeling or not straight? Rubber edging deteriorated on fairings?

Wings: Is the paint done well? Is the fabric cracked and peeling? Gas stains under the wing tanks? Bug splatter on the leading edge? Condition of wingtip position lights? Control surfaces in good condition? Cables/hardware on ailerons and flaps free of rust? Is the covering neat and free of lumps on edges? Is the taping/stitching straight on top/bottom of the ribs? Are the fairings bent or damaged?

Empennage: Is the fabric on the rudder, stabilizer, and elevator up to quality as the wings and fuselage? Are the hinge points rusty? Are they bent or twisted? Rust on tailwires and attachment hardware? A neat tail light?

Finish: Whether you paint for shine or a satin finish, is it minus pits, orange peel, bubbles, or “fish eye”? Does it have noticeable runs? How about tape lines? Overspray on AN hardware, non-painted surfaces such as the door moldings, and chaffing tape on the engine cowl?

One last thing —- You must have your aircraft on the field 24 continuous hours.

For additional references concerning judging preparation, see the May-June 2004 issue titled: “So you want to be a Grand Champion?”