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.

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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,http://www.univair.com/events-and-fly-ins/ 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.

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2013 Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar Hosted by Univair

Univair is offering a Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar in September taught by Clyde Smith, Jr. Here’s some information on the seminar. Be sure to check it out and, if you are interested in the seminar, sign up soon!

2013 Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar Hosted by Univair

By Clyde R. Smith, Jr.

As the fabric Piper fleet ages and newer, younger owners and restorers take over, I find an ever increasing need to educate the current and future generation of owners and rebuilders on what the standards were when these aircraft were built, the oldest of which are now near 70 years in age. I can sense this lack of knowledge by the questions that I am asked and all the phone calls and letters that I receive. The “Type Clubs” are doing a great job passing on information and experiences among the membership, but there is still a missing link, especially for those who don’t belong to an owners’ club. It is for this reason that I have decided to put my restoration work to the side and conduct a field training program where I can go to the people, along with various training aids, and work with them in small groups instead of one on one by mail or over the phone as I have been doing for nearly 30 years now. By using slides, video tapes, technical diagrams, and actual “hands on” methods of instruction and demonstration, there is not a more effective way to pass this information across. An additional advantage is the camaraderie and friendship among the participants and the sharing of information and experiences of other students. That’s what it’s all about.

Nearly nineteen years of my life was spent working for Piper Aircraft Corporation in such capacities as engineering drafting, technical writing, technical instruction, and product support on all the older models at the Lock Haven plant. I also worked as a manager and creator of the PA-18 Super Cub Kit program at the Vero Beach plant. With all this experience and exposure, I feel well qualified and capable of conducting these restoration and maintenance programs. I have also owned five fabric Piper models myself, consisting of a pre-war and post-war J-3, PA-12, PA-15, and the original prototype PA-16 Clipper. I have won major Oshkosh awards with my PA-12 and a client’s 1938 J3C-50 Sport. This is my goal, to preserve the past for the future, and pass this information on so that these fine aircraft may be preserved, maintained, and enjoyed well into the future.

Now, more about the seminar. By the way, if you don’t even own an airplane yet, this is a fantastic way to familiarize yourself with each of the models and find out everything from service problems to performance specs. 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, http://www.univair.com/events-and-fly-ins/ 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.

Clyde Smith Fabric Seminar
Click on the image above to go to Univair’s website to register for the Fabric Piper Restoration Seminar

 

2013 Convention Updates

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th

Short Wings Over Saratoga, our 2013 SWPC Convention, starts in just two weeks! Here are some important updates and reminders from our Convention Chair, Andy Seligson

New seminar added : Have you ever found yourself with a dead battery and no jumpstart in sight? Many of us have. There is a way, if done properly and safely, to start that Short Wing Piper (or many other General Aviation aircraft). It’s called hand propping. Member Bill Natale will offer a seminar on hand propping at the airport around 10:00 am on Tuesday July 2nd (weather permitting). Bill is a seasoned pro, A&I, former Bush Pilot in Alaska, and owner of such “toys” as a Waco & Great Lakes Bi-Plane, C-170, Clipper, & PA 12. There are those of us who have, do, and wish they could hand prop a plane. If done the right way, it could save the day. I had to do this twice in one day at our May Fly-in, thanks to a careless FBO that left the master switch on! That’s 10:00 am on Tuesday July 2nd at the airport.

Poker Run: We are encouraging you to think about entering the poker run and offering any empty seats that you are comfortable with, to a member without wings. There will be a sign up board at the Holiday Inn. The entry fee is a big $10 a hand. Each hand has its own registration card. If you pre-paid for yours, you will receive it at registration in the Holiday Inn. You can play as many hands as you wish; one card per entry form. Last card received when you return to Saratoga (5B2). This will be about 9:30 am on Wednesday July 3rd (the 4th is the rain date). Click HERE to read more about the Poker Run.

A reminder about under the wing tent camping: We have 2 good areas for grass tie-downs. One for tent camping under the wing. The other for grass tie–downs. If you plan to tie down on the grass make sure to bring your own anchors & rope! There will be 2 port-a-potties adjacent to our parking area. There is ample tie down space on the paved ramp adjacent to the grass area. As with the grass tie downs – make sure to bring your own tie down rope!! Click HERE to read more about Aircraft Parking & Camping.

Door prizes are starting to come in. They range from many cash gifts ( for “fuel $$”), aviation books, a free conversion of your headset to an ANR, and 2 open cockpit bi-plane rides in Bill Natale’s Great Lakes. Raffles and drawings will be at the Members Luncheon and Banquet.

Saratoga Battlefield Trip: As of this writing (6/17/13 9:18 pm edt) there is only one seat left for the Saratoga Battlefield trip. We will need at least 15 more for another bus. If paths were crossed and one has paid for this, we’ll try to get alternate transportation or make a refund.

 

Seminar on STCs & 337s Announced

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013 – July 1st – 4th

Following is a Short Wings Over Saratoga Convention 2013 update from convention chair, Andy Seligson

We have a change in the convention schedule as it pertains to seminars. It was hoped that we could offer a seminar on aviation weather, given by a FSS briefer. Unfortunately the briefer could not be available for the convention. The best he could do was a presentation via Skype. I explained that this would not be acceptable for a group like ours. People aren’t going to travel across the country to see a seminar on Skype.

Enter plan two. The Board has been concerned about technical articles printed in the Short Wing Piper News. Mostly, they were concerned about the liability issue. A legal disclaimer is printed in every issue. I thought that a seminar on STCs & 337s would be a perfect presentation for our Short Wing Pipers. These aircraft certainly have a long list of alterations, making some of them far better than the day they left Lock Haven. What better presenter than Alan K. Miller, Principal Maintenance Inspector at the Albany, NY FSDO. Mr. Miller has done presentations for the Northeast chapter over the years. He was most enthusiastic about doing this seminar! He deals with this area every day. SWPC Technical Advisors will also be on hand to help Mr. Miller field any type specific questions that may arise.

This seminar will take place at the Holiday Inn on Tuesday July 2nd after the Business Meeting, at approximately 4-4:30 pm. Peter Lubig’s seminar on aerial photography will now follow the Meet and Greet on Monday July 1st. The tentative time for the Meet & Greet is 5-6 pm in the Holiday Inn lounge. The time will be approximately 6:30 in the Holiday Inn. Please make note of these two changes. Please remember that all registered attendees are welcome to the Meet & Greet. It’s a cash bar with hot & cold hors d’oeuvres.

I have heard from a total of one person about donations for door prizes. Any reasonable aviation related, or non related item will be accepted. I will notify all chapter Presidents.

One last item that will be repeated many times. Bring your own tie down ropes! There are rings in the concrete ramp area to attach the ropes to.  No parking on any grass surface.

Convention 2013 Schedule Details

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013 – July 1st – 4th

This information, submitted by Convention 2013 chair, Andy Seligson, can also be found in the May/June issue of the Short Wing Piper News, pages 28-32.

Note – you can also check our Convention Schedule for detailed information on each day’s events.

There was a time when we in the northeast had a frequent saying. It was something like – “we have plenty of time.” That time is now! The 2013 SWPC Convention is just around the corner. Registrations are starting to come in. I’m sure that when you can register & pay online from our new website, the speed of the process will increase! I hope you’ve seen and navigated the new site; it’s wonderful. Hats off to Myrna Mibus! To put on a convention like ours is a daunting experience. I’d like to thank Rico Cannone, Steve Sevits, Tom & Amber McKernan, Amy & Stan Smith, David Adams, and the usual cast of characters for all their time and effort!

We have narrowed down some of the specifics (schedule) for this affair. As they say in one of the industries that I am part of (show business) – “Program subject to change.” Some of these events/times are set in stone; some of these in gravel. When you arrange a program/seminar with a concern that changes ownership and the new owner is not interested, what do you do? Following is a good idea of the final schedule. Remember that arrivals will probably be starting Sunday June 30 & Monday July 1st. The Holiday Inn’s convention rates start on (I believe) Sunday.

Monday July 1st

Arrivals all day. Registration at Holiday Inn. Executive Board meeting at Holiday Inn will begin at 2:00 pm and should last about an hour and a half. The general membership  is welcome. It should be noted that this is a Board meeting and member input will only be entertained when asked for from the chair. The purpose of this meeting is to conduct Board business. At 5:00 pm, there will be a meet & greet with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at the Holiday Inn in the lounge and patio. Dinner is on your own. As we’ve said before, Saratoga has it all when it comes to food. From McDonalds to gourmet restaurants are an easy walk from the hotel, which has a pretty good restaurant itself.

Tuesday July 2nd

The bus tour of the Saratoga National Battlefield Park will be from 9 – 12. Upon our return to theHoliday Inn, the Members Luncheon will run from approximately 12:45 – 2:15. Our guest speaker at the luncheon will be SWPC member #1 – Robert Fuller. Following the luncheon will be the annual Membership Meeting. One of the items on the agenda is the formal presentation from the folks hosting next summer’s convention in California. At approximately 4-4:30 President Peter Lubig will present a seminar on aerial photography. This should be a popular event. Do you have time to breathe yet? Dinner is on your own.

Wednesday July 3rd

For some of us lucky souls, the chapter Presidents meeting will take place at 7:00 am at the Holiday Inn under the direction of our new Chapter Coordinator Adolph Svec. I’m sure there will be a lot to discuss about chapters in the SWPC. What with new chapters being formed/resurrected, inactive chapters, how our by-laws pertain to chapters, and a new Chapter Coordinator, there will be a lively discussion. There will also be some sort of continental breakfast provided. Wednesday morning will also be the planned time for our Poker Run. The exact time will be determined. If weather gets in the way, we’ll try again on Thursday morning. We encourage anyone with a plane who is going to participate and has an empty seat, to offer it to a member who didn’t fly to Saratoga. This goes for any flying activity. If you plan on going flying and have an empty seat, please offer it to someone. We will have an information board at the Holiday Inn where pilots can post any flight and potential passengers looking for a flight. There probably will be a seminar on Aviation Weather at some time in the early afternoon. It will be presented by Randy Colvin, a senior FSS briefer. The evening’s activity starts in late afternoon with a trip to Lake George for the Lake George Dinner Cruise. Buses will depart the Holiday Inn about 4:45 pm and the boat returns to the dock about 8:30 with a return to the Holiday Inn around 9:15.

Thursday July 4th

This our “free day” with no real planned activity until the banquet in the evening. One suggestion was a flight up Lake George & Lake Champlain to the Basin Harbor resort for lunch. This resort has a wonderful 3000′ turf strip adjacent to its Red Mill restaurant. The scenery, location, and food are well worth the trip. For those that want a longer trip, you could fly down the Hudson River all the way to New York City and see the spectacular skyline & Statue of Liberty. We’ve done this a couple of times at previous conventions as a planned group flight. It is approximately a 2 hour each way excursion, so you are on your own. One should consult the NY Terminal chart for procedures to fly in the Hudson River exclusion (or ask me). The Closing Banquet will be in the evening at a time to be determined. We are trying to coordinate this with the Saratoga fireworks display which is right outside the hotel’s door in the park. We will have awards from the aircraft judging as we’ll as any other awards, results of the election for SWPC President, any pertinent speeches, and our guest speaker Troy Hamon. He will have a presentation about flight training in Alaska and his book 14 Days To Alaska. My feeling on the timing for the banquet is that the fireworks would have to be after sundown. As soon as we can determine the time of that event, we can work around it.

Friday July 5th will be the departure date.

We encourage all who attend to view the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce website for the many attractions, museums, galleries, shopping, and restaurants that are very close to the Holiday Inn. We had hoped for a seminar (on site) on crafts & jewelry, presented by a local store. That was the company that changed ownership. I’m sure that many of our women could easily walk into the village and do some major damage in the many shops, boutiques, & galleries. We are still trying to arrange something along these lines for our women. The many activities for children has been addressed in a separate article. If a group of women (of course men are included) want to have a tour of the nearby Museum of Dance, we can arrange that.

Car rentals for people flying into Albany, N.Y. commercially was discussed in another article. For those flying into Saratoga (5B2), we have made arrangements with Enterprise (518-587-0687) for a discounted rate. You must tell them that you are flying into North American (FBO). They have a discounted rate. On top of that, if you are a member of AOPA or EAA, give them the Enterprise code and they will take off even more from North American’s rate. While the hotel gave us a good rate for “high season” I think the car rental rate is compatibly higher. If you can find a better rate from another agency – take it.

We are encouraging all who attend to purchase the shirts and caps with the convention logo. This information is on the registration form. Yes we will always need volunteers for various things like aircraft parking, registration, shuttle van drivers from the hotel to the airport, etc. In the matter of airport parking, bring your own tied down ropes! There is no parking on any grass area. There are tie down rings on the ramp to attach your ropes to. We are also asking (begging) for donations of any door prizes to be raffled away. While we are asking for aviation related things, any reasonable item will be much appreciated. These can be sent to me at: Andrew Seligson 331 Westchester Avenue Yonkers, N.Y. 10707. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: andytuba@optonline.net or H: 914-337-2968 or C: 914-522-3341. We are looking forward to having a good time with you all this July! Safe flying to you all.