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, www.cactusflyin.org, 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

Georgia Chapter Work Party

The Georgia Chapter of the SWPC had its alternating month meeting at KOPN, Thomaston-Upson Airport 2/13/16. The main event was a work party to install a Univair Landing Light in the wing of Dorinda and Tom Morpeth’s PA-22 Colt project. Harold Spivey and Rich Woodcock did the majority of the metal work, but they were closely supervised by the other members including Chapter President George Martin and yours truly.

SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo 2015

April 21-26, 2015

SWP Education Foundation

A Scholarship Awaits Aviation-Minded Students
April 21 @ Noon & April 22 @ 10:00 AM

SWPC Forums

Buy, Build, & Fly the Affordable Certified Ride
April 22 @ 11:00 AM & April 23 @ Noon

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

July 20 – 26, 2015

SWP Education Foundation Forum

Your Scholarship Awaits (TBD)

SWPC Forums

Buy, Build, & Fly the Affordable Certified Ride (TBD)

SWPC Presents: "Show Me" Short Wings Over the Ozarks


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?”