2017 Midwest Spring Soaring & Safety Seminar

Hosted by: ChicagoLand Glider Council

Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2017

0800Hrs to 1700Hrs


Established 1937


The 2017 Seminar is Over!
And it was GREAT!

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The ChicagoLand Glider Council (CLGC) is hosting the 7th bi-annual Midwest Soaring and Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 8AM to 5PM. Nationally known speakers will cover topics of safety, racing, competition, gear, gliders and gab will be on the agenda. The attendee's cost of this Seminar is being partially underwritten by the ChicagoLand Glider Council's membership to keep the cost reasonable and to allow as many pilots as possible to attend. Again this year the CLGC is hosting a "Flying Flea Market", so bring your aviation related stuff to sell! A continental breakfast, full lunch and afternoon refreshments are provided. An optional "Dutch Treat" dinner is planned.


Our History - The ChicagoLand Glider Council is a non-profit organization of over 200 members which was formed in 1937 and has a long history of dedication to the advancement and safety of soaring flight. The Council hosts off-season (October through April) meetings with scheduled speakers at a local venue. The Council also provides youth grants and helps underwrite local soaring events.

RETURNING for 2017! Aviation Flea Market! Bring You Stuff to Sell!
(see below for full details and flea market form)

2017 Seminar Speakers & Participants
Front Row (from Left): John DeRosa (Secretary), Paul Remde, Russell Holtz, Jim Murray (Vice-President),
Aaron Scicluna (President), Jeff Mack (Treasurer), Tim Taylor, Adam Kite, Chris Esselstyn
(Click to enlarge image)

Luncheon Speech Attendees
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Date and Times


Seminar Times

  • 8AM - Doors open for registration
  • 8AM-9AM - Continental Breakfast buffet
  • 9AM SHARP! - Seminar begins
  • 12PM - Lunch in the dining hall
  • 1PM - Seminar Restarts
  • 3PM - Afternoon break
  • 5PM - Seminar Ends
  • 6PM - Optional Dutch Treat Dinner


The location of the seminar is at the impressive and modern Seigle Auditorium in the Business Conference Center of Elgin Community College located in Elgin, Illinois (northwest of Chicago along Rt 90). For more details about Seigle Auditorium, click here. See Maps and Directions for location information.


List of Speakers (subject to change);

  • Morning Topic #1 - Thermalling Techniques [Russel Holtz]
  • Morning Topic #2 - Soaring Safety Foundation [Adam Kite]
  • Lunch - Soaring Electronics & Avionics [Paul Remde - Cumulus Soaring]
  • Afternoon Topic #1 - Building a Jet Powered HP-18J and ASW-27 [Chris Esselstyn]
  • Afternoon Topic #2 - Competitive Sailplane Racing [Tim Taylor]



No price increase from 2015's seminar! The cost of the seminar is partially underwritten by the CLGC membership in an effort to assist more people to attend. The fee schedule is shown below. These cost includes a continental breakfast buffet, full lunch, and afternoon refreshments. Non-member cost will include a free one year membership in the ChicagoLand Glider Council which entitles you to attend Council functions and receive our monthly newsletter.

  • CLGC Members: $35
  • Non-Members: $45
  • Fee after Feb 7: $5 Additional*

* Please Note: Please send in your registrations as early as possible so that we can get an accurate headcount! Doing so helps to keep our costs down. There is a $5 fee for late registrations after the deadline and for "Day-of" registrations. Thank you.  


Registration is limited to 200 participants on a first come, first served basis. Registration is via surface mail or at the door. Please fill out the registration form and return with payment to the address indicated on the form. Include a payment via check or money order (only) payable to ChicagoLand Glider Council (cash is accepted at the door). Please complete and returned the registration form as early as possible so that we can get an accurate head count. Thank you!


Registration Deadlines


The registration deadline is February 7th  -  This will allow the ChicagoLand Glider Council the necessary time to email a confirmation to you.  An event information packet will be provided to you on the day of the Seminar.



Optional "Dutch Treat" Dinner Information


A dinner with the speakers is scheduled for 6:30PM (drinks at 6PM) following the Seminar. This dinner will be held at the Jimmy's Charhouse restaurant in Elgin, IL which is 5 miles north of the campus along Randal Road. The dinner will be "dutch treat" (except for the speakers, of course!). All are welcome to join us but we will have to limit the total number of diners to 25.

Please indicate on the bottom of the
registration form that you will be joining us.


See this web site for directions to this restaurant.


FREE Fly/Flea, Vendor and Club Tables!

There will be a limited number of tables for individuals and businesses with aviation and soaring related products for sale.

Flea Market for Individuals Rules;

  • Aviation items only please with an emphasis on soaring/glider items
  • All items must be in a container/bag (helps keep small items together and prevents damage/loss)
  • Sorry, but the following dangerous items are not allowed on site:
    • Pressurized vessels - i.e. non-empty O2 tanks, etc.
    • Flammable liquids - i.e. solvents, paints or fuels, etc.
    • Explosive items - i.e. flares, etc.
  • Picture(s) in lieu of the actual item are allowed (i.e. large/heavy items, gliders, trailers, dangerous items, etc)
  • Complete all information in the Flea Market Form:
    • One form required per item, or group of items, being sold together
    • Detach the completed form at the dotted line
    • Attach the completed form to the item for sale

    • Transfer of monies and items are the sole responsibility of the buyer and the seller.
    • Neither the ChicagoLand Glider Council nor Elgin Community College can be held responsible for broken, lost or stolen items.


Local Hotel Information


There are two hotels that are best for Seminar participants as they are located closest to the Elgin Community College Business Conference Center and are convienently located near Rt 90 (Jane Addams Tollway) and Randall Road.

  • The Country Inn & Suites - Elgin
    Address: 2270 Point Boulevard, Elgin, IL 60123
    Toll Free Number: 800-830-5222
    Local Number: 847-426-6400
    Link to Map

    Restaurants - Jimmy's Char House is a lunch and dinner restaurant located within walking distance of this hotel for lunch and dinner. This is also the restraurant location for the optional dutch treat dinner Saturday night. There are several other restraurants a very short drive north on Randal Road for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Comfort Suites - Elgin
    Address: 2480 Bushwood Drive, Elgin, IL 60124
    Toll Free Number: 877-424-6423
    Local Number: 847-836-9500
    Link to Map

    Restaurants - There are several breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants within walking distance of this hotel.

Alternate Hotels In Local Area

The hotels listed below are located near the intersection of route 90 (Northwest Tollway) and route 31 and approximately 5.5 miles from the Seminar venue though not quite as convenient as the above hotels. All hotels are modern and well run. There are restaurants within walking distance of these hotels for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Crowne Plaza / Holiday Inn
Address: 495 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
Toll Free Number 1-800-465-4329
Local Number 1-847-488-9000

Hampton Inn / Hilton
Address 405 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
Toll Free Number 1-800-HAMPTON
Local Number 1-847-931-1940

Super 8
Address 435 Airport Rd., Elgin, IL 60123
Toll Free Number 1-800-800-8000
Local Number 847-697-8828

Baymont Inn
Address 500 Tollgate Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
Toll Free Number 800-932-2198
Local Number 847-931-4800

Marriott Courtyard
Address 2175 Marriott Dr, Dundee, IL 60118
Toll Free Number 800-932-2198
Local Number 1-847-429-0300

Marriott Townplace Suites
Address 2175 Marriott Dr, Dundee, IL 60118
Toll Free Number 800-932-2198
Local Number 1-847-608-6320

Entertainment in the Area




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For more seminar information, or comments/questions, please contact the CLGC Secretary or call 224-848-2063.