2021 Mid-America Spring Soaring & Safety Seminar

Hosted by: The ChicagoLand Glider Council

Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2021

0830Hrs to ~1700Hrs Central Time Zone (with breaks)


Established 1937


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Seminar Overview

The ChicagoLand Glider Council (CLGC) is hosting their 10th Mid-America Soaring and Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 27th, 2021 from 0830hrs to ~1700hrs Central Time.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 this year's Seminar will be hosted virtually.

Registration will be required to attend this event - details to follow. For FAA FAAST program WINGS credit you must register with the email address associated with your WINGS account.

2019 Seminar Speakers & Participants
Front Row (from Left): Aaron Scicluna (President), Dr Dan Johnson (Speaker), Jim Payne (Speaker), Jackie Payne (Speaker)
John DeRosa (Secretary), Jim Murray (Vice-President), Not Shown - Herb Kilian (Speaker)
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Luncheon Speech Attendees
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FAA FAAST WINGS Program Credit

The Soaring Society of America (SSA) will be submitting your email address to provide you with FAA FAAST program WINGS credit(s) for this Seminar. You must register for the seminar with your FAAST email address. If not already done so you will need to be registered at the FAAST web site for WINGS credit.

Date and Times

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2021
Time: 0830hrs CT to ~1700hrs CT with morning, lunch and afternoon breaks

List of Speakers, Topics, and Time Slots
(subject to change)
  • 0830-1000 HRS CT - "Overview and Tips for SeeYou.cloud and the SeeYou Navigator App, plus Avionics News" [Paul Remde - Cumulus Soaring Inc]
    • >> Morning Break (15 mins) <<
  • 1015-1145 HRS CT - "Lowering Your Level of Soaring Risk" [Soaring Safety Foundation - Burt Compton, Rich Carlson, Ron Ridenour]
    • >> Lunch Break (60 mins) <<
  • 1245-1300 HRS CT - "The SSA Today in 15 Minutes" [Geoff Weck - SSA Executive Committee First Vice Chair]
  • 1300-1430 HRS CT - "Explore the Current State of Simulation-based Flight Training" [Scott Manley]
    • >> Afternoon Break (15 mins) <<
  • 1445-1615 HRS CT - "Flying the MiniLAK and Breaking Records" [Phil Rose]

A list of previous Seminar's speakers can be found below.

Seminar Location/Venue

Due to Covid-19 this year's Seminar will be virtual. The link to the virtual meeting will be posted here and via the Chicagoland Glider Council's Google group at a later date.
Registration & Fee Information

Due to Covid-19 this year's Seminar will not require pre-registration. And this seminar will be FREE to all that want to join in, sponsored by the Chicagoland Glider Council's membership.

The link to the virtual meeting will be posted here and via the Chicagoland Glider Council's Google group at a later date.

Lists of Previous Year's Seminar Speakers

  • 2019
    • "Latest Soaring Weather Tools" with Herb Kilian
    • "Perlan Project - Medical" with DR Dan Johnson
    • "Perlan Project - Images of Argentina" with DR Dan Johnson
    • "Perlan Project - Glight Testing" with Jim Payne
    • "Perlan Project - Logistics" with Jackie Payne
    • "The Art of Safe Soaring" with Ron Ridenour
  • 2017
    • “Thermalling Techniques” with Russell Holtz
    • “Soaring Safety” with Adam Kite (SSF)
    • “Soaring Avionics” with Paul Remde
    • “Building Jet Powered Sailplanes” with Chris Esselstyn
    • “Competitive Sailplane Racing” with Tim Taylor
  • 2015
    • “Soaring Out West with Bruno Vassel
    • “Soaring Safety” with Ron Ridenour
    • “Soaring Electronics” with Paul Remde
    • “Electric Motorgliders” with Paul Randall
    • “Soaring Out East” with Michael Higgins
  • 2013
    • “Aviation Medical Decisions” with Dr Dan Johnson
    • “Emergency Bailout Procedures” with Allen Silver
    • “Soaring Electronics” with Paul Remde
    • “Condor Soaring Simulator” with Scott Manley
    • “Soaring WX” & “Omarama, New Zealand” with John Cochrane
  • 2011
    • “Thermal Soaring Forecasting“ with Richard Kellerman
    • “Aerodynamics for aircraft control and structural integrity “ with Gerry Molidor
    • “Where do rules come from?” with John Cochrane
    • “The international centennial celebration of Orville Wright’s 1911 world record glider flight” with Jim Short
    • “Soaring Electronics” with Paul Remde
  • 2009
    • “Affordable Glider Flight Simulation” with Trace Lewis and Scott Manley
    • “Soaring Electronics” with Paul Remde
    • “Vintage Sailplanes” with Jim Short and Dave Schuur
    • “We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know” with Dr Dan Johnson MD
    • “Judgment, Decisions & Safety in Cross Country” with John Cochrane
  • 2007
    • “Are You Ready for Cross-country Soaring?” with Curt Lewis
    • “Safety Learned from a Lifetime of Flying Gliders” with Derek Piggott
    • “Beginning Cross-Country Soaring” with Dean Carswell
    • “Ridge Soaring the Alleghenies” with John Good
    • “Competition Panel Discussion” with Karl Striedieck & John Cochrane & John Good
  • 2006
    • “Safely Soaring in the Wild, Wild West” with Burt Compton
    • “Buying That First Glider” with Curt Lewis
    • “Ridge Soaring Gliderport and Flying the Ridge” with Tom Knauff
    • “Making Good Soaring Pilots Better” with George Moffat
    • “Flying that Safe Flight” with Tom Knauff
  • 2005
    • “Let Me Introduce You to the New SSA” with Dennis Wright
    • “Soaring Safety from Your Point of View” with George Thelen
    • “How to Crash Confidently” with Dr Dan Johnson
    • “Soaring Competition & Racing” with Herb Kilian and Mike Shakman


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