AirVenture 2013 Wrap-up

SWPC at AirVenture

EAA’s Air Venture 2013  wrapped up nearly a month ago but it’s always fun to see some more pictures and hear more updates from the event. So here you go…

Clete Cisler, who manages our table in the Type Club Building, reported that he had 85 signatures of SWPC members who were in attendance with or without their aircraft. Helping Clete spread the SWPC  from our  booth were SWPC President, Connie Stevens, Darren Whipple from the Rochester area (who  helped out several days and for at least the last four years) and  Dan Simpson and Joe Carter. Clete adds, “Eleanor had the [Short Wing Piper] News delivered to my house well in advance and all issues including some left over from last year were passed out. Also all the brochures of the Short Wings were gone. All in all it was a good year.”

SWPC President Connie Stevens wrote that during AirVenture they signed up about 15 new applicants. Many of them decided to take part in a special membership deal (details to be posted on the website soon) that offered a discount if they decided to get the Short Wing Piper News in digital format instead of hard copy. She adds, “Thanks to Clete Cisler of GreenBay WI. Clete has volunteered for many years representing SWPC at AirVenture. He manages the SWPC table in the Vintage Aircraft Building not far from the Past Champions display where 3 Short Wings stood proudly for all to see and enjoy the efforts of their owners.”

Jerry Isbell noted on our SWPC Facebook page that he checked the awards listings. Here is what he wrote: “…So I had time to do some computer searching for the award winners at AirVenture 2013. There was not a single short wing Piper on the list. And I saw several great looking short wings there. Next year I hope we have as good a turn out as this year at our camp near the Hangar Café…”

I, too, did a search of the AirVenture winners. Jerry is correct, there wasn’t a Short Wing listed among the winners for 2013. I noticed that one of our SWPC members, Jim Younggren (who was featured in his local newspaper – the story mentions his Pacer, the SWPC and our 2012 Convention in Ogden) won a Bronze Lindy with for his 1951 Piper PA-18.

It would be great to see a Short Wing Piper in the list of winners in 2014. Get your Short Wing ready and start making plans for AirVenture 2014!

To get you excited for next year, here’s a slideshow of AirVenture pictures. Thanks to Short Wing Family members Amber McKernan, Daniel Miller, Constance Stevens and Jerry Isbell for sharing your photos with us.

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Short Wings at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

Yesterday, Sunday August 4th, was the final day of AirVenture 2013. All reports on our SWPC Facebook page indicate that members of our Short Wing Family had a great time while at the convention. I hope to post some more tidbits of information from the convention and pictures in the next few days.

For now, though, here’s a nice bunch of pictures sent in by member, Bryan Hunt, of Short Wing Pipers he saw at AirVenture. With a couple of exceptions, information on aircraft type and owners was gathered through the N# search engine at


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AirVenture 2013 – Day 5

SWPC at AirVenture

We’re nearing the end of AirVenture 2013. The type club tables in the Vintage building have to pack up and move out by Friday evening so if you are still on your way to Oshkosh you’ll be sad to find the type club area closed up on Saturday and Sunday. I believe the type clubs need to move out of the Vintage Building because EAA needs to set up the space for the Vintage Awards which take place on Saturday. So, if you are around AirVenture on Saturday evening, head on over to the Vintage Hangar for the VAA Aircraft Awards and see if any Short Wings won this year. According to the AirVenture Master Schedule, the Awards Event takes place from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

Interested in seeing the AirVenture Master Schedule? Click HERE and you’ll be directed to the schedule page on EAA’s website

I’m planning to post more pictures and some updates from the field in the next few days. There’s been a lot of posts on what’s going on and pictures on the SWPC’s Facebook page so please hop on over to our Facebook page to check things out! Click HERE to go to our Facebook page.

For today, we have a few pictures to share of a past EAA Champion. We posted a picture of this gorgeous TriPacer once already. Thanks to Jerry Isbell for sending in the first picture (click HERE to read about the plane and see the picture).

Another SWPC member, Bryan Hunt, send in some more shots of this gorgeous plane, N3314A, owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that this TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008. You can see in the pictures just how award-worthy this TriPacer is!

Thanks, Bryan, for sharing your pictures with us.

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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

Oregon Aero Deal for SWPC Members during AirVenture

SWPC at AirVenture

During OshKosh/AirVenture 2013, Oregon Aero has extended a special offer to SWPC members to get an additional 5% discount on advertised show specials through August 15th. Oregon Aero specializes in making your flying experiences more comfortable with the many products they offer like seat cushions and headset upgrade kits. Be sure to check out their products on their website,, or visit them at OshKosh to see their products first hand.

If you are at OshKosh, you can find Oregon Aero in Building C, Booth 3151-3155. Pick up a special 5% off flyer from the SWPC Table in the Type Club Building (in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn ) or print out this one from the website and hand  it in to Oregon Aero when you place your order.

If you are not able to attend AirVenture but would like to get the special 5% off deal, just call Oregon Aero at 1-800-888-6910 and mention that you are a member of the Short Wing Piper Club and would like an additional 5% off of the AirVenture specials.

Thanks Oregon Aero for supporting the Short Wing Piper Club and our members with this extra 5% off deal!Oregon Aero OSH Deal

Short Wings at AirVenture – Day One

SWPC at AirVenture

It’s opening day at EAA’s AirVenture 2013 and there’s a lot of Short Wings on the field and a good number of our Short Wing Family already enjoying OshKosh!

If you are looking for a place to connect with other SWPC members, want to find out information about joining the SWPC or have questions about Short Wing Piper airplanes, be sure to stop  by our SWPC table in the Type Club building located in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn.

Here’s a couple of reports from the field from SWPC members and some new pictures.

Amber & Tom McKernan arrived at OSH on Sunday evening. They flew their 1963 Colt in from New York and are Parked in Row 101 E in Vintage next to a 172 Cessna from Oklahoma. Here’s what Amber had to say on our Facebook page:

“Home for the next week! Dry and partly sunny…a perfect day. It is especially nice after the rather miserable evening weather yesterday. Thank goodness for a space blanket from our on-board survival kit. Nice and cozy…crinkly, but toasty warm.

Tom & Amber McKernan’s 1963 Colt, N5883Z, all ready for a fun time at AirVenture 2013

Met another Piper Colt owner last night a few rows up. We traded stories of enjoying the quirks of these fine little planes that get us where we want to go (at a leisurely pace). 

The crowds are coming in at a steady pace, and most trams to get from place to place on the grounds are full of riders. Spoke with a gentleman from Korea on the blue tram. His companions were here for the first time; it is his second. I am always impressed by the ease with which complete strangers strike up conversations here. We have met so many great people here in the few years we’ve been coming.

Our campsite is by the taxiway where the big airshow planes do their run-up and get ready to head out each morning. They sound like a nest of angry hornets…..I love that sound!”

Amber also reported early Monday afternoon that the  general aircraft camping and  parking areas are both 70% full. If you want to check on the latest Aircraft Parking, click HERE

Bryan Hunt from Illinois made it to OshKosh on Saturday morning with his Pacer, N4763A. Look for Bryan’s Pacer in Row 74w.

Bryan Hunt's 1956 Pacer, N
Bryan Hunt’s 1956 Pacer, N4763A.

Look for Jerry Isbell’s Pacer  along with a bunch of other Short Wingers from all over the country in Rows 63 and 64W.

Here’s a couple of Facebook reports from Jerry:

Sunday, July 28th: “Our more shortwings arrived Sunday and one Apache. Two pilots yet to arrive. Great visiting and a group dinner last night; we hired a school bus to take us there. It is still cold and Saturday night I was bundled up in the sleeping bag. We are parked in two rows west of the Hangar Cafe.

View of 63 &64W from Sunday July 28th, the day before AirVenture 2013 opened.

Here’s Jerry’s report from Monday morning, July 29th: “AirVenture day one has arrived. Two more ShortWings due in, one from Idaho one from Vermont. Low clouds with nice holes to let the sunshine in. By afternoon our clan will be complete.”

Monday morning in Rows 63 and 64W – Short Wings at AirVenture 2013


AirVenture 2013 SWPC Pictures

SWPC at AirVenture

Here’s a bunch of pictures of Short Wings set up for Oshkosh 2013 sent in by SWPC member Jerry Isbell.  Jerry arrived at OSH on Wednesday, July 24th to set up camp for himself along with several other Short Wingers. There’s a group of them set up in Row 64W if you want to stop by for a visit. Jerry noted that SWPC member, Jim Gardner, is typically one of the first Short Wingers to arrive at Oshkosh but not present this year. They had some rain on Thursday night and also on Friday but Jerry reported, “No leaks in my tent and no issues in our entire parking area.”

Saturday morning, Jerry wrote this update on the SWPC Facebook page: “Saturday update KOSH. Was 58 degrees this morning. Last night I slept in sweat clothes and socks and was ok. Heavy rain and thunder again late afternoon yesterday. Today three more of our clan arrive from VT California and Michigan. KOSH is slowly coming alive.”

Thanks, Jerry, for keeping us up to date on our Facebook page and letting us post your Oshkosh pictures and updates on the website!

The pictures shown below are thumbnail images so are somewhat cropped. To view full size, please click on any picture. Clicking on a picture also allows you to view the gallery as a slideshow. Enjoy!

Short Wings Arriving at OSH13

SWPC at AirVenture

AirVenture 2013, EAA’s huge fly-in event, doesn’t open until Monday, July 29th, but people are already arriving. SWPC Member Jerry Isbell flew his Pacer in and has already set up camp along with three  other Short Wings and members of the Short Wing Family.

Here’s a picture Jerry sent in via text along with a note that this award winning Short Wing, N3314A, is parked on the Grand Champion row. An N number search shows that the 1953 TriPacer is owned by SWPC member Rick Michalek of Iowa. AirVenture’s online records indicate that the TriPacer won a Gold Lindy in the Classic (September 1945-1955) category in 2011 and  a Bronze Lindy in the same category in 2008.



We hope to have more pictures from AirVenture 2013 posted on our website soon!

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.

SWPC People & Planes at AirVenture 2013

SWPC at AirVenture

EAA’s AirVenture 2013 is just days away and Short Wingers are already driving and flying in to this wonderful annual event. AirVenture is a great place to meet up with members of our Short Wing Family – but – if you’ve been to AirVenture, you already know it’s a HUGE event and it can be terribly hard to find people there.

If you are looking for SWPC members or airplanes, be sure to stop at the SWPC table located in the Vintage Hangar about 100 feet south of the VAA Red Barn. Our table is managed by member Clete Cisler and should be staffed by Clete and other members from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday the 27th through the evening of Friday, August 2nd.

The SWPC Table is a great place to connect with other Short Wingers! Be sure to sign in and make a note of where you are parked or staying on the sign up sheet Clete keeps at our SWPC table so other people can find you. And, if you feel like getting out of the sun and want to help out the Club and talk to people, sign up to work a shift at the table.

Here’s some info from gathered from our Facebook page on where Short Wings have been know to, or are planning, to park:

Jerry Isbell from Ohio wrote , “there will be about twelve of our Short Wing Pipers just west of the Hangar Café [near row 66W]. We park there every year. Look us up. From California to Switzerland, and many places in between. Just west of us is Jim Gardner.”

Daniel Miller noted that “In the past many Pacer types have managed to be together in the west side of the vintage parking”

Feel free to add a comment below noting where you parked your Short Wing at AirVenture to further help fellow SWPC members find you. If you’d like, you can also comment as to where you are camped in Camp Scholler or post comments about trying to get a group together for dinner at AirVenture or to do some airplane watching with a fellow Short Winger or two!

If you have Short Wing news or pictures you are willing to share on the SWPC website, be sure to send them to

We’ll be posting updates on AirVenture if we can. Check back at our AirVenture page or Latest News page to read the updates.