Flying on a Fall Day

SWPC Member, Bryan Hunt, recently posted a flying video to the Club’s Facebook page along with the note, “First attempt at creating, uploading and posting a GoPro video… Hope it works”

The video not only works, it’s absolutely awesome and serves as a great inspiration to get out and fly! The video depicts a flight over the countryside at and near Bryan’s home airport in Northern Illinois. Bryan flies a Piper Pacer, N4763A.


If you are not able to see the video below, you can also click on this link: to go directly to YouTube to view the video.

Flying High Book Features PA22

While looking around the internet in search of a particular book that mentions the wonderful PA-22 TriPacer, I found another book, Flying High that features the PA-22 as well.

Flying High was published in 2003 and was written by pilot Oscar Williams. Here’s a synopsis of the book taken from its Amazon page: “Flying High is a chronicle of flying experiences and observations which will stimulate forgotten memories of old pilots, peak the curiosity of new or to be new pilots and give the general public a glance into the world of a private pilot. The book will amuse some and cause many to shake their heads in disbelief.”

The book has an entire chapter on the Piper TriPacer PA-22. The chapter begins with Williams saying that in 1958, he had a “need for more speed” than the Aeronca 7AC he’d been flying. So he flew over to another airport where he’d heard there was a TriPacer. Williams wrote, “I had never seen anything so beautiful, so up close and touchable, than the Tri-Pacer sitting there gleaming in the sun.”

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 10.33.22 AM

The book is available on various book websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble and also through the publisher, iUniverse, in softcover book and ebook format.

If you read Flying High, let your fellow Short Wing Piper lovers know what you think of it!



Confessions of a Pilot – Tri Pacer Book

There are a lot of book about flying out there and from time to time Short Wing Pipers are “characters” in these stories. One example of this is 14 Days to Alaska, a book written by Troy Hamon, our guest speaker at our 2013 SWPC Convention. Hamon’s book features his TriPacer, N624A, and tells the story of Hamon’s adventure with his brother flying his TriPacer to Alaska.

While searching on the internet for information on Short Wing Pipers, I found another book that features a Piper TriPacer. The book is titled Confessions of a Pilot by Gene Seibel.

Confessions of a Pilot

Here’s a description of the book taken from Seibel’s website:

“What’s it like to fly an airplane? Each day across America, thousands of private pilots, climb into the sky on flights of adventure in their tiny aircraft. Confessions of a Pilot is the story of one such pilot and his 24 year love affair with flying. Explore 170 pages of memories, dreams and fears, spanning two decades of adventures in his beloved 1958 Piper Tri-Pacer. Then fly with him across North American skies from Oshkosh to Acapulco, and from Phoenix to Philadelphia to enjoy a bird’s eye view of this great land of ours. Whether you are a pilot who may have found yourself in his shoes, an aspiring pilot looking for insight, or someone who simply believes the spice of life is going beyond ordinary, everyday, earthbound activities, this is a book for you.”

You can also find at Seibel’s website a page about his former TriPacer, N8943D, which includes many links to other TriPacer websites.

We’re passing this information along in case any Short Wingers are interested. If you read Confessions of a Pilot, please add a comment and let us know what you think of the book.

Confessions of a Pilot has also been added to our growing list of articles and books listed on our Short Wings in the Media web page.


30 Years for SWPC

There’s a bunch of information about Short Wing Pipers and the Short Wing Piper Club out on the internet and in print. We’re gathering a collection of articles about Short Wing Pipers and the SWPC and will post a list of them on our website at our Short Wings in the Media page.

Here’s an article written by SWPC Member, Kenny Brown, that appeared in General Aviation News. It’s titled 30 Years for Short Wing Piper Club and it was written shortly after our 2009 Convention, Smoky Mountain High, which was held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Click on the image below to view the article on the General Aviation News website.

You can also click HERE to read the story.

GA News story

Have you found other stories online or in print that have to do with the Short Wing Piper Club or our fun little Short Wing Pipers? Please let me know so we can add them to our Short Wings in the Media section of the website. You can contact me at our Contact Us page. I am listed under Website Content Manager.

SWPC History Book Back in Print

I was searching through our SWPC Forums yesterday and noticed a post titled History Book and written by SWPC member, Daniel Miller. In case you aren’t aware, the SWPC complied a history of the Club and published a book, Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History.  The book was published by Turner Publishing Company in 2006 and has been out of print for some time. Good news! According to the post I found on the Forums, we now know that the book is back in print!

Here is the post I found in our SWPC Forums, dated August 12, 2013:

“Under the website tab “About Us” – “History” – “Early History” there was mention of a book by Eleanor Mills called Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History. I looked it up and ordered it and today it arrived. I was expecting a pamphlet sized booklet, but instead it is a full sized book 12″ X 9″ with 136 pages. It is chock full of Short Wing stuff including the entire detailed history of the origins of the club as well as a synopsis of each convention up to 2004. It has lots of pictures of member’s planes with detailed information about equipment. How did I not know about this book? I’ve been with the club since 1981 and I don’t ever remember thisbook being published. I really enjoyed reading about the members and traveling back in memory lane. I remember meeting many of them. Many of which are no longer with us. Thank you Eleanor for keeping all this history and putting it on paper as a keepsake. I’m going to keep reading this for quite a while. It is now 8 or 9 years since the book was compiled. There has been a lot of happenings since then. It is about time for a sequel.”

Here’s the description of the book as listed on the Turner Publishing Company website:

This collector’s item publication will trace the history of the Short Wing Piper Club from its humble beginnings at Van Sant Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to its current standing of being comprised of over 3,200 aviation enthusiasts who own, fly, or simply admire five of Mr. Piper’s best aircraft, the PA 15/17-Vagabond, PA 16-Clipper, PA 20-Pacer, PA 22-Tri-Pacer, and PA 22-108 Colt PA-22/20, built between 1948 and 1964. The 41 different chapters the Short Wing Piper Club represents will also be featured prominently in this one-of-a-kind book. 136 pages, 9″ x 12″ – Hardbound

Thanks, Daniel, for sharing your find about the SWPC Commemorative History Book with us!

Interested in ordering a copy of the Short Wing Piper Club Commemorative History for yourself? The books are available through Turner Publishing Company. Click HERE or on the picture below for more information or to order your copy.


SWPC History Book

Member Bob Christensen mentioned in AirVenture article

SWPC at AirVenture

A member of our Short Wing Family, Bob Christensen of Ashton, Idaho, was featured in an article on AirVenture’s website on Tuesday, July 30th. Thanks to member Zac Weidner who posted a link to the article on our Club’s Facebook page.

The article, written by Jack Hodgson is titled Around the Field: An EAA chapter vice president, and a schoolteacher firebomber. In it, Hodgson talks to Bob about OshKosh and his 1960 PA22 Tri-Pacer. The second part of the article profiles two other EAA members, Shahar Golan and his son Roi, both from Detroit.

For a full listing of 2013 AirVenture articles, click HERE to visit the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 News page on their website. 

To read Jack Hodgson’s other Around the Field articles, click HERE

To read the story about Bob Christensen, click HERE or on the image below.

Bob Christensen AirVenture

SWPC Member Jim Younggren featured in Kittson County Enterprise

It’s always fun to see Short Wing Pipers and members of our Short Wing Family in the news. Here’s a story about SWPC Member, Jim Younggren, of Hallock, Minnesota.

Jim was featured in his local newspaper, The Kittson County Enterprise, for his love of flying vintage airplanes. The article focuses on Jim’s 1951 PA-18 Super Cub and his plans to fly it to AirVenture 2013 but Short Wings and the SWPC get a lot of attention in the article, too!  The article talks about Jim and Betty’s PA20 Pacer, the Short Wing Piper Club, Jim and Betty’s trip to the SWPC Convention in Ogden, Utah and Jim’s recent trip to Alaska in his PA-20.

Click HERE to read The Love of Flying Vintage, by Gail Norland or click on the image below.


Do you know of newspaper, internet or magazine articles that feature SWPC members or Short Wing Piper airplanes? Please let Myrna, your Website Content Manager, know and we’ll feature them here on the SWPC Website.

Author of book about flight to Alaska to be banquet speaker

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013

July 1st through 4th


Late word received from club president Peter Lubig and 2013 convention director Andy Seligson is that Troy Hamon, author of the book 14 Days to Alaska, will be our convention keynote speaker.

Troy spent years working as a field scientist in Southwest Alaska, often being dropped off in remote places by bush pilots. Eventually, he decided he wanted to learn to fly himself. Finding no planes to rent in King Salmon, Alaska, he bought one of his own, sight unseen, rounded up an enthusiastic instructor (his brother) and set off to learn.2013 speaker October 2012 photo-1

He recorded the journey, both the learning and the traveling, and has since continued to fly the venerable white with red Piper Tri-Pacer N624A, using it to transport family, go moose and caribou hunting, and gain a grander perspective from which to enjoy the beauty of Alaska, the Last Frontier.

Troy then wrote the book about the trip and his learning experience. Flying a small plane to Alaska is an adventure many pilots only dream of, but one several members of our club have enjoyed, some more than once, and many for our convention in 2001. But they were experienced pilots. Not Troy.

In 2008, the author, a student pilot, and his brother, a flight instructor, embarked on this adventure in an airplane old enough to be their mother.

2013 speaker On the way to Alaska

On their journey, they examined how to fit twelve feet eight inches worth of grown men into one of the smallest cockpits on earth — for as many as eight hours a day. They visited places they had planned on going, to see friends and relatives, and made unintended stops in places they hadn’t ever heard of. They waited out weather, waited on maintenance, and wrapped the whirlwind of learning to fly into one of the grandest cross-country trips imaginable.

In the end, they covered in two weeks what takes commercial air carriers only a few hours to accomplish — but they had a lot more fun — and a much better view.

Not only is the club excited to have Troy for a guest speaker, but Troy is excited as well. “I would love to be a part of the convention,” he said.

This information was also published in the March/April 2013 issue of the Short Wing Piper News.