Planned Programs and Speakers

A West Coast Adventure – SWPC Convention 2014

June 22 – 27, 2014

From the NorCal Convention Committee
also published in the Jan-Feb-March issue of the Short Wing Piper News

Currently, eight aviation speakers are planned to address SWPC Members and guests at our Santa Maria Convention. Topics promise a wonderful adventure for all. Presentations will be in the Radisson Hotel and/or on the Ramp. Updated agendas will be available online at the SWPC Website and at registration.

Programs are planned to begin on Sunday afternoon, June 22, and end on Friday Morning, June 27, 2014.

Sunday begins with Young Eagle Flights sponsored by the Lompoc EAA Chapter, coordinated by EAA and SWPC Member Ed Mandibles. This event features the first collaborative educational effort with Short Wing Piper flights and EAA Young Eagles. Participate from 10 am to 2 pm and see how easy it is to coordinate Young Eagles with SWPs. Take this knowledge and effort home with you and get those SWPs out there and flying kids across this great country and please keep score! Collecting data may bring additional grant monies into our Education Foundation and students, too. And your Young Eagle may be back in a few years to help with another SWPC Convention ….

Sunday afternoon presents Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) President, John McKenna, Jr. He and the RAF are devoted to saving airstrips on public and private lands. John plans an overview of RAF’s operations, a progressive status report, and hopes for the future of forgotten airstrips.

Monday holds an exciting and informative afternoon Vendor Presentation & Workshop by Jeppesen regarding “I-Pad Use and Flight Planning Applications.” This workshop promises to challenge even the most fluent of iPad users with the latest aviation Apps available while calming the new user with the ease of introductions. This is a hands-on workshop using their recently announced VFR Flight Planning system. Fun!

Tuesday opens with a 0900 Topic of “Oh S_ _ T, Now What?” Presented by Ed Mandibles, local PA-22 owner/pilot and SWPC NorCal Chapter Member. This topic will cover those moments we have all experienced – at least once. Ed will begin with his Tri-Pacer’s altitude duel with a P3 on long approach to VAFB descending over Lompoc. Your experiences are encouraged for all to listen and learn about those unmentionables that may have happened, hypothetically speaking. Following Ed is the SWPC Tech Committee in Panel format leading Tuesday’s second Program, Hangar Talk. This is your opportunity to bring it on! Your Tech Committee will field your maintenance and repair concerns from one to another as the questions are tossed about and discussion presents a resolve.

Wednesday greets two more Tech Programs: Clyde Smith’s Short Wing Piper Rigging and Jim McCloud’s “How To … with Short Wing Piper Floats.” Clyde will present relative rigging information and then, step out onto the Ramp to give interested attendees an evaluation of their SWP’s rigging. You will come away with Clyde’s “5-minute Inspection” that will assist in your future rigging evaluations. Then, Jim will be sharing his PA-22/20 on Floats experiences and the joy of Splashing puddles. He may have you considering the Float alternative.

Thursday’s first program is planned with Mike Busch, a writer for EAA Sport Aviation. Mike will take us into the magneto world: how to check for acceptable contact, problems and performance expectations. Then, out onto the Ramp we will go to review a hands-on activity for checking magnetos and their readiness to perform. Our evening Banquet guest and Jeppesen sponsored speaker is Brian Shul, former Sled Driver, current professional photographer, and a forever survivor. Buckle up as Brian takes you into the cockpit of the SR-71 and shows you the sights that only astronauts enjoy. His published books will also be available for purchase and signing following his presentation.

Friday requests the pleasure of your company at our breakfast meeting. Evaluating this convention and discussing what you would like to see and experience in Branson MO 2015 is the goal. Your assistance will help your Club to develop our Annual Meetings into what you prefer. We want to see you every year. This is our Reunion. Let us know how we can keep you coming back.

There will be a survey distributed at the Banquet. Please, complete it with your comments and suggestions. On Friday morning we will begin with those results.

Sneak Peek at Convention 2014

A West Coast Adventure – SWPC Convention 2014

June 22 – 27, 2014

Interested in seeing what all is in store for our upcoming 2014 SWPC Convention in Santa Maria, California? Here’s a PDF created from the slideshow which was presented at the Short Wings Over Saratoga convention.

Click on the image below to view – and start dreaming of your trip to California for A West Coast Adventure. Better yet, start planning your trip!

SMX Slide show

Theme and Logo Promise a Good Time at the 2014 Convention

A West Coast Adventure – SWPC Convention 2014

June 22 – 27, 2014

This article was published in the July-August 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News, page 15. Submitted by Lou Reinkens, Connie Stevens, and Joe Cronan, 2014 SMX Convention Co-directors.

From your 2014 convention directors Lou Reinkens, Connie Stevens, and Joe Cronan

2014 Logo & Theme

A West Coast Adventure for Short Wing Pipers is the theme for next year’s SWPC Santa Maria convention. From the logo above you can get a hint of a few of our coming events. The red rocket highlights the tour of our West Coast Spaceport, Vandenburg AFB (tentative). The Pismo Beach pier is also a destination of one of our tours. The third tour not illustrated in our logo is to Solvang and a few local California Missions.

The PA 22/20 is on an Ocean Arrival for KSMX where the Club’s original five ‘F’s have been expanded to seven to include Forums and, for those of you flying in, you will be exercising Freedom of flight.

We hope you will enjoy our future articles describing the first National SWPC Convention in California. The tentative schedule of events is also in this issue (see below). In future SWPNews articles, we will bring more details to you as they become finalized.

Lou, Connie, and Joe

(Editor’s note from Eleanor: Even the Mission Statement of the convention promises a good time: “Encouraging increased convention attendance and SWPC membership while sharing the SWPC philosophy of education, technology and safety, camaraderie and flying.”)

2014 SWPC Convention Preliminary Schedule - Page 1. Click on image to view full-size.
2014 SWPC Convention Preliminary Schedule – Page 1. Click on image to view full-size.
2014 SWPC Convention Preliminary Schedule - Page 2. Click on image to view full-size.
2014 SWPC Convention Preliminary Schedule – Page 2. Click on image to view full-size.


Planning Continues for the 2014 Convention in SMX

SWPC Convention 2014

This article was published in the March-April issue of the Short Wing Piper News, pages 23-24. Submitted by Joe Cronan, Connie Stevens, and Lou Reinkens, 2014 SMX Convention Co-directors.

Greetings SWPC BOD and Interested Members,

Currently, the 2012 Ogden Convention is at our 6 o’clock, 2013’s Saratoga Convention is at our 12 o’clock leading us toward July festivities. We are hoping that it’s not too soon for you to be also thinking about 2014 and the SWPC Convention in Santa Maria, California (Set for June 22-27, with headquarters at the Radisson Hotel). Our brief Update 2 is below:

Our first Update and draft of the 2014 SWPC Convention schedule of events and preliminary budget was completed and E-mailed to the Board and other interested persons in November 2012.

The Radisson Hotel Santa Maria contract has been signed with a $500 deposit to secure the reserved rooms and services at negotiated rates.

Tours are secured and transportation is currently under negotiation.

Event dates for our Arrival Welcome and Movies have been secured at the SMX Flight Museum.

The 2014 SMX Convention patch and logo design is completed and with the contractor.

Technical and Vendor Forum schedules are receiving positive responses and commitments from presenters.

Speakers for our Membership Luncheon and Awards Banquet are secured.

Achieving our soon-to-be adjusted budget successfully is dependent upon developing our Convention website, SWPN & media articles, advertising and marketing material for the 2013 Saratoga Convention. The promotion that closes 2013 in NY will set the tone for 2014.


Joe Cronan, Connie Stevens, and Lou Reinkens, 2014 SMX Convention Co-directors

If you’d like to be involved before and/or during this 2014 event, please, contact Connie: c_i_stevens@ We gladly welcome your assistance. Areas like IT, Social Media, Promotion, Registration, Door Prizes, the Silent Auction, and van drivers – all need more participants.

Our 2014 Mission

Encouraging increased Convention attendance and SWPC membership while sharing the SWPC philosophy of education and technology, camaraderie and flying.