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.


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Digital SWP News Info & Survey

In this digital world there’s been a lot of interest in getting the Short Wing Piper News in a digital format instead of in a printed format. As mentioned in a recent Latest News post, members can now read current and past issues of the Short Wing Piper News online here on our website (to read that article, click HERE).

Recently, SWPC board member Mark Ohlau started a thread in our  Forums about how to opt out of receiving a printed copy of the News if a member would prefer a digital copy instead.

Here’s what Mark posted on the forum thread titled Digital Short Wing Piper News:

“There are many members who have been requesting that the SWPN be made available in digital format. This has been a priority of the Executive Committee for quite some time, and with the new web site is now possible. We should have it set up by the time the next issue hits the mail, and we will post further information here.

If you are not wishing to continue to receive the News in printed format, please email Eleanor Mills, eleanormills(at)att.net to let her know. With the costs and effort required for posting, this could be a huge savings to the Club.”

There’s also a quick survey you can take as to if you prefer digital or the printed copy of the News. Not many people have chimed in with their opinion as of yet so hop on over to the Forums and take the survey!

To find the survey – go to the forums and log in there. In the search window type in “Digital Short Wing Piper News.”

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While you are in the Forums, take a look at the various topics of conversation that are going on and maybe even participate by posting some comments. There’s a ton of great information out there!

If you have trouble logging in to the Forum, please contact Forum Administrator, Kurt Selbert, through our Contact Us page.


Lots going on – No Fooling!

It’s April Fools Day and a lot of people post jokes on their websites and blogs on this fun day but I’m not clever enough to come up with something to fool you all. So instead of a joke I thought I would share with you something that struck me as awfully cool about our great Short Wing Piper Club and our new website: We have a lot of great stuff going on – No Fooling!

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on with the SWPC:

Events – Just yesterday I posted three new chapter events that the Oklahoma chapter is hosting and one SWPC sponsored event. All of the events look like fun! Take a look at the Event Calendar and see if there is an event you can attend and be sure to send me any new events you’d like to see on the calendar.

Forums – Our forums are alive and well and getting more and more activity all the time. Be sure to head over there and check them out. You do need a separate login to get into the forums because they are essentially a different website that we link to – but we’re working on changing that. Be sure to read the recent SWPC Forums Update post for information about logging in

Sun-n-Fun – Did you know that the SWPC has a presence at Sun-n-Fun? Our Florida chapter represents us well and is on hand in the type club area answering questions about the Club and handing out information. Chapter president, Peter Lubig, will be presenting a forum this year as well. Stay tuned for a post just about Sun-n-Fun that I will post in the next few days.

Classifieds  – Looking for a great deal on an airplane or some parts? Members are now posting ads in our Classifieds section. Check our Classifieds for a great deal!

Free Gifts – Another great benefit to SWPC members is our Free Gift program. Be sure to check out President Peter Lubig’s latest post about our April 18th Free Gift Giveaway

Website – yes, our old website is gone and our new website is now up and running.THANK YOU for your patience as we figure out a few things here and get things going 100%. We’re still working on our online convention registration form and there are some tweaks going on with member login. I’ll be posting more information about member login very soon!

There’s much more going on in our wonderful Short Wing Piper Club and on our website than I mentioned, of course. Just browse around the website to check things out – we’re adding new things almost every day.

Best to all of you!

~Myrna – SWPC Website Content Manager

SWPC Forums update

Here’s a bit of news about our SWPC Forums from our forum moderator, Kurt Selbert.

Hello everyone,

I am sending out messages to all registered users of the SWPC web forums.  We have a new website, shortwingpiperclub.org, and the web forums have been reorganized and updated for user convenience.  Yes, there is still the requirement to have a separate log in for the main site and forums, for now.

A note on logging in to the new web site itself, that process is still being finalized, so your old username and password won’t work.  But, you can do everything as a “guest” except rent tools, so it isn’t really limiting.  Information on how to log in to the main site will be sent out to all members in the next few weeks.

Now I know this will reach many of you who left the club a few years back, some vowing never to return (I was one of those). But, something drew me back and I’m hoping it will you, too.

One of the big problems these forums faced in past years was an inability for many people to log in and thus be able to post, and that is unfortunate. If though you feel like coming back and are unable to log in, please send an email toswpcforums@gmail.com and we can get you squared away asap.

Take care,

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