Technical Documents Now on our SWPC Website!

Here’s an exciting announcement – most of our extensive collection of Short Wing Piper technical documents are now up on our website available for SWPC Members to view and download!

The documents were on our old website but were rather difficult to find as they were buried in the Forums and most people didn’t know where they were. Now, however, they are easy to find through our Technical page and can be viewed by SWPC members! You will find at our Maintenance Data Depot an extensive collection of ADs, Type Certificate Data Sheets, Service Bulletins, Service Letters, Service Memos and a collection of Miscellaneous Maintenance documents. Soon to come are more ADs as well as STCs and 337s.

Not only are the documents easy to find, they are well organized due to the great volunteer work of Tom Anderson and Ralph Gutowski who put in many hours on this project. Thanks Tom and Ralph!

In order to view the documents, you must be a current SWPC member and logged in on our website. If you don’t remember how to log in, click HERE for instructions.

Just a note: If you just joined the SWPC, it may take a day or two for you to get set up in the website’s system so you can access the Maintenance Data Depot.

Please also note: These forms and data are made available “As Is,” without any claim or guarantee as to fitness or applicability. Use of this data is the sole responsibility of the user who holds-harmless the Short Wing Piper Club, its officers, and members, who provided the information. By using these data, the user accepts these terms and conditions.

Here are three different ways to find the Maintenance Data Depot main page:

  • Click on the Technical Page menu where you will find a link to the Maintenance Data Depot page. Click on the link to find the Maintenance Data Depot.
  • Navigate directly to the Maintenance Data Depot page through the Technical pull down menu in the blue navigation bar at the top of any website page
  • Click HERE and go directly to the Maintenance Data Depot.

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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.

Leaning Basics EAA Webinar

Have you ever wondered what to do with that big red knob on your Short Wing Piper’s panel? We found this no nonsense video presentation on how to keep your engine happy on the EAA website that you might want to check out.

Here’s an explanation of the video taken from the EAA Video website: “Mike Busch discusses Leaning without fear, the Embry-Riddle experience, a minimal leaning checklist, why full-rich is too rich, how mixture affects power & key engine parameters, how mixture affects the combustion event, leaning made simple.”

The EAA’s Video page of EAA’s website is packed with webinars (internet seminars) and videos on aviation related topics ranging from AirVenture to interviews with aviation legends to information on learning to fly. Hop on over to the EAA Video Player website and check things out!

This webinar presentation is an audio presentation with slides to support the information presented. To view in full screen, click on the full screen button on the lower right corner of the video screen. Then click on the arrow to play.

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If a video screen image does not appear below then simply click HERE to view the webinar on the EAA Video’s website

April Free Gift Winner Announced

Here’s a brief President’s Update  to announce the winner of the April 18th Free Gift!

This Free Gift included two great items for your Short Wing Piper: a MaxPulse Dimmer switch (a dimmer rheostat for your instrument panel lights) and SWPC member Tom Anderson’s LED Panel lights.

The winner of these fabulous free gifts is SWPC member Dale Clarkson from Saskatchewan, Canada.

Congratulations, Dale!

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Here’s a link to the MaxPulse website with more information about one of the prizes:http://www.maxpulsemaxdim.com/maxdimMicro.htm

Thanks to MaxPulse and to SWPC member Tom Anderson for donating prizes to this Free Gift drawing.

Guess what? We have Free Gift offerings every couple of months and will post information on our next Free Gift offering soon!

 

 

 

iFLY GPS sales to benefit SWP Education Foundation

Did you notice a little ad on the right side of our website under Member Product Deal? This is not just an ordinary ad for an aviation product. Instead, this iFLY GPS ad is the result of a special arrangement our store manager and SWP Education Foundation Director, Larry Jenkins, worked out with Adventure Pilot company.

This is the deal, Adventure Pilot will sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50.00 for each iFLY 720 GPS until sold through our website. There’s no hidden costs to the customer or anything like that – $699.00 is the price Adventure Pilot charges anyone who visits their website –  they are simply willing to give our Club a bonus for sending business their way. It’s a win-win deal for Adventure Pilot, the Short Wing Piper Club and for the Education Foundation!

“This is the greatest avionics value I have ever purchased.” says Larry Jenkins of the iFLY GPS he uses in his award-winning Clipper. As for installation, Larry notes that adding an iFLY to his Clipper is considered to be a minor alteration to the airframe. He made an attachment point and wired in a power source from the avionics bus. There was no FAA Form 337 required, and an A & P can make the logbook entry noting the wiring and knob for mounting the portable GPS.

If you want to support the SWP Education Foundation by purchasing an iFLY 720 GPS, just follow these simple steps:

  • Jot down the special Media Code found on the bottom of the ad – SWPC50
  • Click on the ad found on the SWPC’s Website (and right here!) and you will be directed to Adventure Pilot’s web store

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  • Add a iFLY GPS to your cart, click on “Add to Cart” and you will be directed to the Shopping Cart page
  • In the Media Code box, enter SWPC50
  • Click on Continue to Checkout where you continue to enter shipping/billing information and pay for your iFLY GPS
  • Adventure Pilot then sends the SWP Education Foundation a check for $50!

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Free Loaner Tools!

Did you know that the Short Wing Piper Club has a Lending Library with a vast number of tools that members can borrow for free? It’s true! We have many tools that you can use for just the cost of shipping to and from our Librarian, Claire Karlson.

Questions about a tool or how to go about borrowing one? Please contact Claire Karlson though our Contact Us page or call her at 540-822-5954.

Here’s a listing of the tools we have available:

  • Air Hammer
  • Beading Kit
  • Bungee Buddy – works on all models but the PA-16
  • Butterfly Screw Staking Tool
  • Cable Tensioner
  • Cylinder Wrenches
  • Density Altitude Chart – downloadable chart
  • Digital Level
  • Engraving Tool
  • Flaring Tool
  • Flex Light-Scope
  • Fuel Gauge Wrenches
  • Hollow Punches – Set contains sizes: 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″ 1/2: 9/16:, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, 1″, 1 1/16″, 1 1/8″, 1 3/16″
  • Hose Fitting Tool Kit – Sizes: 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12
  • Knock-Out Punches – various sizes
  • Monitor Type Endoscope – 5.5 mm
  • Nicopress Swaging Tool
  • No. 5 Junior Hand Punch – 7 round punches and dies, sizes 3/32″, 1/8″, 5/32″, 3/16″, 7/32, 1/4, & 9/32″
  • Number & Lettering Tool
  • OL’ Joint Jigger Notcher
  • PA-16 Bungee Installation Tool
  • Prop Tach
  • Rivet Header Tool
  • Stabilizer Tube Puller
  • Strut Tester & Fabric Tester
  • Swagging Tool
  • Tubing Bender
  • Valve Lash Adjusting Tool
  • Valve Wobble test kit with Dial Indicator