Flying on a Fall Day

SWPC Member, Bryan Hunt, recently posted a flying video to the Club’s Facebook page along with the note, “First attempt at creating, uploading and posting a GoPro video… Hope it works”

The video not only works, it’s absolutely awesome and serves as a great inspiration to get out and fly! The video depicts a flight over the countryside at and near Bryan’s home airport in Northern Illinois. Bryan flies a Piper Pacer, N4763A.


If you are not able to see the video below, you can also click on this link: to go directly to YouTube to view the video.

Flying High Book Features PA22

While looking around the internet in search of a particular book that mentions the wonderful PA-22 TriPacer, I found another book, Flying High that features the PA-22 as well.

Flying High was published in 2003 and was written by pilot Oscar Williams. Here’s a synopsis of the book taken from its Amazon page: “Flying High is a chronicle of flying experiences and observations which will stimulate forgotten memories of old pilots, peak the curiosity of new or to be new pilots and give the general public a glance into the world of a private pilot. The book will amuse some and cause many to shake their heads in disbelief.”

The book has an entire chapter on the Piper TriPacer PA-22. The chapter begins with Williams saying that in 1958, he had a “need for more speed” than the Aeronca 7AC he’d been flying. So he flew over to another airport where he’d heard there was a TriPacer. Williams wrote, “I had never seen anything so beautiful, so up close and touchable, than the Tri-Pacer sitting there gleaming in the sun.”

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The book is available on various book websites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble and also through the publisher, iUniverse, in softcover book and ebook format.

If you read Flying High, let your fellow Short Wing Piper lovers know what you think of it!



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.


30 Years for SWPC

There’s a bunch of information about Short Wing Pipers and the Short Wing Piper Club out on the internet and in print. We’re gathering a collection of articles about Short Wing Pipers and the SWPC and will post a list of them on our website at our Short Wings in the Media page.

Here’s an article written by SWPC Member, Kenny Brown, that appeared in General Aviation News. It’s titled 30 Years for Short Wing Piper Club and it was written shortly after our 2009 Convention, Smoky Mountain High, which was held in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Click on the image below to view the article on the General Aviation News website.

You can also click HERE to read the story.

GA News story

Have you found other stories online or in print that have to do with the Short Wing Piper Club or our fun little Short Wing Pipers? Please let me know so we can add them to our Short Wings in the Media section of the website. You can contact me at our Contact Us page. I am listed under Website Content Manager.

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

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.