2019 Mid-America Spring Soaring & Safety Seminar

Hosted by: The ChicagoLand Glider Council

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

0800Hrs to 1700Hrs

 


Established 1937


The 2019 Seminar is Over!
...and it was GREAT!
See you in February of 2021!


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Seminar Overview

 

The ChicagoLand Glider Council (CLGC) is hosting their 9th Mid-America Soaring and Safety Seminar on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 8AM to 5PM in the beautiful business center auditorium on the Elgin Community College campus located outside of Chicago. The Seminar hosts nationally known speakers covering topics of safety, competition, gear and gliders. We host this Seminar every two years, on the odd numbered years, which is opposite the bi-annual SSA Convention which is hosted on the even numbered years. Get FAA Safety WINGS credit!

The registration fee for the seminar is partially underwritten by the dues paid by the CLGC members (Chicago Glider Club, Sky Soaring Glider Club, Windy City Soaring Association and others) in an effort to keep costs down and the registration fees as resonable as possible, and to help more pilots to attend. The CLGC's goal is just to break even for this Seminar! New for 2019 - A youth registration fee discount of $15.

A continental breakfast, a full lunch and afternoon refreshments are provided. An optional "Dutch Treat" dinner is planned (limited seating).

Again, this year, the CLGC is hosting a "Fly (Flea) Market" so you can bring aviation related items to sell.

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.


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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Date and Times

 

Dates

  • Saturday, February 9th, 2019 - 10% early registration (postmark) deadline (saves $5!)
  • Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 - Seminar Event

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


 

List of Speakers and Topics (subject to change);

  • Jim Payne - Chief Test Pilot of the Perlan II Glider in Argentina as part of the Perlan Project.
  • Dr. Dan Johnson - Speaking on his recent medical and photographic involvement with the Perlan Project
  • Jacqueline Payne - Speaking on her involvement as Chief of Logistics and Ground Operations of the Perlan Project
  • Soaring Weather Tools (SkySight, TopMeteo, XC Skies, Blip Maps) - Herb Kilian
  • Easy Flight Review with WINGS - Ron Ridenour

A list of previous Seminar speakers can be found here.


Seminar Location/Venue

The location of the seminar is at the impressive and modern Seigle Auditorium in the Business Conference Center of Elgin Community College located at 1700 Spartan Dr, Elgin, Illinois (35 miles northwest of Chicago along Rt 90). For more details about Seigle Auditorium, click here.

See Maps and Directions for location information.


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Registration & Fee Information

     The 10% early registration discount (postmark) deadline has now past
     Day-of registrations are still available. See You There!

The registration fee for the seminar is partially underwritten by the dues paid by the CLGC members (Chicago Glider Club, Sky Soaring Glider Club, Windy City Soaring Association and others) in an effort to keep costs down and the registration fees as resonable as possible to help more pilots to attend. The CLGC's goal is simply to break even for this Seminar.

New for this year - A youth registration fee discount of $15

The fee schedule is shown below. These fees include a continental breakfast buffet, full lunch, and afternoon refreshments. There is also an optional Dutch Treat Dinner available in the evening.

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. 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.

  • CLGC Members: $40
  • Non-Members: $50
  • Youth Discount: $15 (age 21 and below)
  • Postmark your registration before the deadline* and avoid the late registration fee!

Registration is limited to 200 participants on a first come, first served basis. Registration can be sent via surface mail to the address on the form or are accepted at the door ($5 late registration fee applies). Please fill out the early registration form (link above) and return as quickly as possible so that we can get an accurate head count. to the address indicated on the form. Include your payment via check or money order (only) payable to ChicagoLand Glider Council. Cash will be accepted at the door. Sorry no electronic payment means can be accepted at this time. Please complete and returned the registration form as early as possible Thank you!

* Early Registration Deadline

The 10% early registration (postmark) discount deadline is February 9th - This will allow the ChicagoLand Glider Council the necessary time to help accurately confirm our headcount with the venue, lower your costs, to email a registration confirmation to you. 


Click Here for the Latest List of Registered Seminar Attendees
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 Seminar speakers, of course!). It is great time to mingle with the other attendees and the Seminar speakers. All are welcome to join us but we have to limit the total number of attendees to 25.

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

      

See this web site for directions to this restaurant.


 

FREE Fly (Flea) Market Individual, Vendor and Club Tables!
Fly (Flea) Market Form

There will be a limited number of tables for individuals, clubs and businesses with aviation related products to sell.

Fly (Flea) Market Rules and Guidlines;

  • Aviation related items only please.
  • Sorry, items that are considered dangerous are not allowed on site. For example:
    • Pressurized vessels - i.e. non-empty O2 tanks, etc.
    • Flammable items - i.e. solvents, paints or fuels, etc.
    • Explosive items - i.e. flares, etc.
  • All items must be in a container/bag to help keep loose items together and to help prevent damage/loss.
  • Picture(s) in lieu of the actual item are allowed (i.e. gliders, large/heavy items, dangerous items, etc).
  • Complete all information in the Fly (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
  • PLEASE NOTE:
    • Transfer of monies and items are solely the 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

Closest Hotels in the Local Area

The two (2) hotels listed below are the most convienent for Seminar participants as they are located closest to the Elgin Community College campus and major highways. These are convienently located just north of the intersection of US Route 90 (known as the Northwest or Jane Adams Tollway) and Randall Road.

  1. 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

    Local Restaurants - Jimmy's Char House is a lunch and dinner restaurant located within walking distance of this hotel. No breakfast is served. This is also the restraurant location for the optional dutch treat dinner Saturday night. There are several other restraurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner along the west side of Randal Rd a very short drive north from the hotel.

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

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

  3. Alternate Hotels in the Local Area

    The hotels listed below are located just north of the intersection of US Route 90 (known as the Northwest or Jane Adams Tollway) and IL State Route 31. They are approximately 5.5 miles from the Seminar venue though not quite as convenient as the above hotels. There are restaurants within walking distance of these hotels for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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

    Hampton Inn / Hilton
    http://hamptoninn.hilton.com
    Address 405 Airport Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
    Toll Free Number 1-800-HAMPTON
    Local Number 1-847-931-1940

    Super 8
    http://super8.com
    Address 435 Airport Rd., Elgin, IL 60123
    Toll Free Number 1-800-800-8000
    Local Number 847-697-8828

    Baymont Inn
    http://Baymontinns.com
    Address 500 Tollgate Rd, Elgin, IL 60123
    Toll Free Number 800-932-2198
    Local Number 847-931-4800

    Marriott Courtyard
    http://marriott.com
    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
    http://marriott.com
    Toll Free Number 800-932-2198
    Local Number 1-847-608-6320


    Entertainment in the Area

     

    http://www.grandvictoria-elgin.com

     


    Click here for Maps and Directions (including local airports)


    Lists of Previous Year's Speakers

    • 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.