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.


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.