July 1st through 4th
Here’s a note from Short Wings Over Saratoga chair, Andy Seligson, about our Membership Luncheon speaker.
I am pleased to let you know that our guest speaker at the Membership Luncheon on Tuesday July 2nd is Robert Fuller. Bob is SWPC member #1 and is responsible for the birth of our fine type club. It was at a chance meeting between Bob and several other Tri-Pacer owners in New Jersey that “hatched the egg.” Many of us thought that it would be interesting to have the founder of the SWPC give a talk on how this club came about, what his expectations were, how the club started to grow, and where it has gone over the years. Perhaps he will even give a brief history about our planes. I know many owners that only know that these Short Wing Pipers are a low cost way to own an airplane. How they came to be produced is an unknown to many.
Bob has been flying Tri-Pacers since 1977 and has owned his current PA-22 since 1978. In 1980, he started flying for about five different charter organizations (Part 135) in C-310s, Navajos, Piper T-1020s, C-402s, & King Airs. His main job for the past 50 years has been in technical marketing communications and he still manages his own company. He now works for only 3 clients that he’s had for the past 35/40 years!
In addition to his flying and work, Bob is a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master Captain and owns a Mariner 42’ trawler, having given up sailing five years ago. He enjoys all types of fishing, Bonsai cultivation, bicycling, touring in his 1964 356C Porsche, and Z- scale model railroading. If that is not enough, he spends time trying to obey his West Highland white terrier. Today, Bob is a member of his local EAA chapter in Southport, North Carolina and involved with the Young Eagles program. Needless to say, he is a member of the Carolinas chapter of the Short Wing Piper Club. He should fit right in for our Membership Luncheon and a perfect prelude to our members meeting. We look forward to seeing and listening to Bob this July. – Andy Seligson