California SWPC Chapter News – October 2013

Following is the California Chapter’s newsletter from October 29, 2013.

If you miss an event, there will be others you can join in on.  We look forward to seeing you.  If you have a suggestion for a fly-in, be sure to contact us.  Look for our chapter reports in the next issue of the Short Wing Piper News and be sure to check out the Club’s new website!

Thank you to Rick Lach for hosting September’s fly-in. Jim Thames met Rick and got a chance to see his Tri-Pacer or perhaps we should say Tri-Pacers. One is flying and the other two are projects. Kern Valley Airport has a wonderful campground complete with a somewhat rustic, but functional, shower.

Jim Thames and Linda Cochran attended the California Capital Airshow at Mather Field in October. We understand there was supposed to be a Short Wing on the field, but we did not come across it during our time there on Saturday. This was a fun event, and we look forward to attending next year.

A reminder of the upcoming event on November 2: we hope you will be joining us in the fly-in to Shafter-Minter Field (KMIT). This is in conjunction with the event being held at Minter Field Air Museum. Elinor Otto, a WWII ‘Rosie the Riveter’, and Pearl Judd, a WWI WASP stationed at Minter Field during the War, will be the special guests. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. Each aircraft flying in receives 2 tickets for a free breakfast. Registration can be done by sending us an e-mail so we might have a section set aside for Short Wings or you may go online and register at If you do not fly, the regular price for breakfast is $5.00. There will also be spot landing and flour bombing contests. It should be a great day.

We would like to welcome our newest members, Alta and Bob Morris in Turlock, California. Bob said he had previously owned a Tri-Pacer and two Vagabonds. Currently, he is one of the partners in a Mini-Max. Bob also told us that the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in Modesto does a breakfast the second Saturday of each month, so if you are in the neighborhood, stop in. Their website also mentions lunch on all the other Saturdays — If you don’t get there on your own, we will be putting this destination on the calendar next year.

As attendance has been waning as the year is, we will not post an event for December. With the holidays and weather possibly becoming more of an issue, it was decided that any flying event would be iffy, at best. In the meantime, if you are planning a weekend flying destination and want to make others aware of it, you can always post these on our facebook page at

Please feel free to contact us any time by e-mail at

Happy Flying!

Copyright © 2013 SWPC California Chapter, All rights reserved.

Michigan Chapter News – October 2013

When SWPC chapters send their newsletters in to me at the SWPC Website, I post them on the Chapters’ page. I’m trying something new now – In addition to posting the most recent newsletters on the Chapters page, I’m going to post the newsletters in the Latest News section so they are more visible to anyone viewing our website.

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Here is our first Latest News Chapter Report from the Michigan SWPC Chapter.

To open a PDF of the Michigan Chapter October 2013 Newsletter, please click HERE or on the image below.

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Chapter Presidents’ Meeting Set

Short Wings Over Saratoga – SWPC Convention 2013 – July 1st – 4th

Just in case you missed reading about this in the Short Wing Piper News (May-June 2013 issue, page 34),  SWPC Chapter Coordinator, Adolph Svec, shared details on the upcoming Chapter Presidents’ Meeting.

The chapter presidents will have their annual meeting Wednesday, July 3rd, at 7:00 a.m. This will be a good time to share ideas, gripes and possible solutions. It can afford us an opportunity to accomplish things in a better and more efficient way. If possible, please make sure a representative from your chapter attends in the event the president cannot.

The chapter annual reports, which should now all be in, will give a good basis for looking at the SWPC “vitals,”

of what is working, where and how. In the past, the meeting has been called for 7 a.m. with breakfast sort or woven in. This year, a continental breakfast will be provided instead, so that the meeting time allotted can be the most productive.

Should you have thought of an agenda item(s) not yet sent to me, please do so ASAP so those can be reviewed for possible inclusion in the agenda.

If by chance you live in an area which may be considering establishing or re-establishing a chapter, feel free to attend this meeting. We will find extra chairs if needed. : )

SWPC Postcards are here!

It’s just about time for Sun-n-Fun and people who stop by the Short Wing Piper Club table in the Type Club tent or happen upon SWPC President, Peter Lubig, will be the first to pick up a special new SWPC Postcard!

The postcards showcase two eye-catching Short Wing Pipers, a Pacer on the front a Colt on the back, and were created by Peter to hand out to people at Sun-n-Fun to promote our great Club. In addition, the plan is to get some of these cards to SWPC Chapter Presidents so they can post them on airport bulletin boards, leave a few in FBO pilot rooms and give them to potential SWPC members at fly-ins.





Speaking of Sun-n-Fun, it starts on April 9th and a lot of Short Wingers are gearing up to go. Our  Florida chapter of the SWPC will be there helping out and Peter will be giving a SWPC forum. I’ll be posting more information about the Short Wing Piper Club and details of our involvement at Sun-n-Fun in the next day or two.

I’m sure you noticed the stunning photography on the postcards. Did you know our SWPC president, Peter, is also an aviation photographer? He is. Peter will be giving a seminar on aerial photography at our annual SWPC Convention, held this year in Saratoga Springs, NY. The seminar will be held on July 2nd. More details can be found on the SWPC Convention 2013 website pages.


A new aviation oriented social app is winging its way across iPads, iPods and Android devices nationwide.  It is called SocialFlight.

Signup is easy and the application is free. For further information, here is the story as posted on AvWeb.

Recently, the newly formed California chapter of the Short Wing Piper Club posted their January 2013 event on Socialflight and it is hoped that the entire club looks at this application as a way for chapters and members to announce their aviation activities.

Kurt Selbert – SWPC Vice President

For a visual image of how the app works and what it looks  like, here is how the California SWPC event first shows up in SocialFlight:
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A SocialFlight user then clicks on the airplane icon in the map to see more information on the event:
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Clicking again will bring user to a screen with more detailed event information:
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