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Short Wing Piper Club


AUGUST 6, 2008          Web page:


Club contacts:  Dallas Worrell  402-352-8776

 Jim Fix 402-470-2346


From Dallas & Lynette:

Antique Fly In Minden, NE- Aug. 22, 23, & 24


There will be a SWPC meeting Saturday, Aug. 23 in Minden at the airport under a wing.  Plans will be made for the months ahead.  We’ve once again have been asked if the SWPC would bring desserts for the Friday night get together.  (It only seems proper as we look around and find many of the group are short wingers.) Dinner is at 7:00 PM.


From S & S’s Hanger


We (Shirley and Steve Shepherd) departed Omaha on Sunday, June 22nd for Cable, WI for the 2008 convention.  Rick and Nancy Jacobsen took off about 30 minutes afterward.  The flight up was a little cloudy with a few rain showers, but still flyable.  Once we arrived at Cable, it was sunny and beautiful.  The runway was adjacent to the Telemark resort, which made it very convenient to see the planes come in and visit with the new arrivals.  There were around 50 airplanes that flew in.  Monday night was the meet and greet BBQ on the Telemark outdoor picnic area.  The executive committee grilled our hot dogs and Brats.  What is the saying “too many cooks spoil the broth”.  However, how can you ruin dogs and Brats.  It was a fun social and it was good to see everyone again as well meet new people (there were several first timers).


Tuesday, there were seminars in the morning and off to Hayward in the afternoon for lunch and the lumberjack show.  Wednesday was the poker run and an outing to Bayfield and Madeline Island.  Thursday there were more seminars, the business meeting and the grand finale of the banquet and awards on Thursday evening.  Besides Rick, Nancy and us , Alice and Ron Jensen and Jim and Janice Fix drove in from Nebraska.  Congratulations to Rick and Nancy for winning the best pacer and people’s choice award.  We said our good-byes to everyone for another year (next year will be Knoxville) and flew home on Friday.




Notes from J & J


The dog days of summer???  All I know is that is it dog gone HOT and STICKY here in Nebraska for the last week or so.  We really shouldn’t be complaining as each of our “airplane trips so far– SWPC convention in Cable, WI, Arlington, Washington Fly In (formerly known as the NW EAA Regional), and AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI have had excellent flying conditions.  These “Fly Ins” for us mean the Chevy pick-up as we are loaded down with either booth supplies or projector for seminars. 


Our trips have been saddened by the news of deaths in our Short Wing Piper Family.  Bob Mills passed away the early part of June.  Bob and wife, Eleanor have for as long as we can remember been editors/publishers of the SWPC magazine.  Besides their efforts with the magazine they have given freely of their time, knowledge, and support for our club and we feel very fortunate to be able to call them our friends.   At Oshkosh we learned of the Tri-pacer crash on take off of a Texas family, John and Cindy Newman and their son as they left their monthly SWPC meeting.   John was the Texas Chapter president and they have been regular attendees at the National Convention for many years.


The National Convention in Cable, WI was well attended.  We gave a propeller seminar and also graded 61 propellers on the line.  The quality of aircraft has just gotten better and better.  After many years of giving seminars and prop inspections this year was the best ever, with 10 the highest,  the lowest grade given was a 6 (5 to 0 means time for serious attention) and many with a grade of 9 or 10.   This also applied to the whole aircraft, so quality has really come up.  Speaking of quality our own Nebraska members Rick and Nancy took the award for best Pacer and People Choice.  Well deserved!!!!


What’s ahead?.........   The Minden, Nebraska Fly In.   August 22, 23, and 24th.  There will be plenty of just good old fashion time to sit and gab.   This fly in has become a “popular get together for Short Wingers” bringing friends from Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, and Arizona to just name those that we can remember.  This year will be no exception as we have confirmation that Cliff and Carole Van Vleet from Sierra Vista, AZ will be attending.  Cliff is currently serving as President of the National Short Wing Piper club and hopes that the “cream can supper; complete with trough will be on the menu.  As Lynette and Dallas mentioned the Nebraska Ladies of the Short Wing Piper Club will be bringing the desserts for the dinner and if I offended any one with the “ladies” remark I apologize but– we know our members.   I have attached a brochure from Dallas and Lynette for more of the particulars.  Lodging at the Pioneer Village Motel Rates $39.00 Single and $46.00 Double.  Let them know you are attending the Fly In and please make reservations by August 15 at 1-800-445-4447.  Dallas and Lynette also sent along a brochure about the McCook Balloon Fest .


That’s all……… SEE YOU THERE!


Jim and Janice