The 2017 Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium

1 conference day, 4 excellent speakers and a chance to visit with your flying friends!


February 25th, 2017
Registration starting at 8am


Greenville Illinois
At the VFW Hall!

There is no reason not to come because this is a

Free Event!

Take a day to learn and get together with flying friends,
it's time to get a ready for spring flying!

The Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, and the Federal Aviation Administration, Springfield FSDO, are presenting the 35th Annual IUAC Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Greenville, IL. Admission is FREE and pre-registration is not required. Formerly known as the Illinois Ultralight and Light Plane Safety Seminar, we now have a new name and a new location! The Symposium will cover a broad range of subjects. Along with the talks, there will be ultralight, engine manufacturer, and accessory displays representing UL/sport/recreational type aircraft. Anyone representing any item of equipment used in this segment of aviation and interested in displaying such items should call contact Jim Sweeney at


Local aviation-related vendors are invited to show their wares at no cost, although donations are welcome. Do you have parts or pilot supplies that you would like to sell? Bring them along and grab a table at the event! There should be room for lots of people.

Key to Good, Safe Fun

The topics featured at the symposium will help keep you safe and give you a chance to learn more about the sport you love. You will also get a chance to learn about new possibilities like drones and powered paragliding!

Wings Credit

If you participate in the FAA Wings program, some of the sessions can be used for Wings credit. Want to learn a little more about the program?

Learn about Wings

The Speakers

Master Classes from light aviation experts


CFII, AGI, Avionics Consultant

Jim Sweeney works with Hilton Software and stays up-to-date on electronic cockpit issues.


CFI for Gyroplanes

Greg Gremminger introduced the American market to safer, European-style gyroplanes.


Member Programs Specialist Ultralight & Light-Plane Community Manager, EAA

Timm Bogenhagen specializes in ultralight work for the Experimental Aircraft Association.


President, United States Ultralight Association

Roy is also an FAA designated pilot examiner and an author.

Conference Schedule

packed with high quality content, just for you.




Opening Statements

09:00 - 10:00


Jim Sweeney

ADS-B is an important topic for all pilots. Jim Sweeney explains the INs and OUTs of ADS-B.

10:15 - 10:45

3rd Class Medical Reform Update

Timm Bogenhagen
Member Programs Specialist
Ultralight & Light-Plane Community Manager
Experimental Aircraft Association

Third class medical reform is here, but it has been a winding road. Timm Bogenhagen gives us the latest from one of the organizations that helped make it happen.

10:45 - 11:15

The Future of Ultralight Training

Timm Bogenhagen
Member Programs Specialist
Ultralight & Light-Plane Community Manager
Experimental Aircraft Association

Ultralight Training has now been rolled into Light Sport Training, and with it have come issues with getting certified flight instructors and aircraft available for training future ultralight pilots. Timm Bogenhagen talks about efforts the EAA is making to help fix the problem.

11:15 - 12:45

Lunch Break

12:45 - 1:45

Overhauling the Bing Carbureator

Roy Beisswenger
Repairman Light Sport Aircraft

Repair and maintenance of the Bing Carbs.

2:00 - 3:00


Greg Gremminger
Gyroplane CFI

Are you ready for your next aviation adventure? How about a Gyroplane?

3:15 - 3:45

The Future of Ultralights and Light Sport

Roy Beisswenger
President, USUA

Ultralights and light sport aircraft remain the place where innovation begins. There are regulatory hurdles to some of that innovation. Roy Beisswenger gives a quick synopis on USUA and LAMA efforts regarding electric ultralihts, S-LSA gyroplanes, and aerial work for S-LSA aircraft.

Safety Words of Wisdom

You hafta AFTA. (Always Fly The Airplane) Frank 'Woof' Beagle
Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Member
There's simply no substitute for experience in terms of Aviation Safety. Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger, III
Pilot of US Airways Flight 1549
If safety is a joke, then death is the punchline. Paul Laforest
Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the airplane.

Why is this conference for you?

Stay Ahead of the curve

Skills and knowledge atrophy over time. Just as important, new things are constantly being introduced. Get tuned up for a season of flying.

Become a pilot or pilot something new

Are you already a pilot? Do you want to be a pilot? Do you want to be a drone pilot or perhaps learn about another category of aircraft? This conference will help you move towards all these goals.

Networking opportunities

Some people only get a chance to visit with flying friends at conferences like this. Never mind the speakers! (Sorry speakers.) This is also a great aviation meetup. A fly-in without airplanes...

Visit vendors and other experts

Bring your questions to the event. The speakers are typically available for questions during breaks and there are a lot of great aviation resources just waiting to answer your questions.

Sponsors & Partners

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Get in touch

Location and Venue

area full of great things to do.

Bring the family. While you enjoy the aviation program, they can enjoy shopping and visiting in historic Greenville, Illinois.


VFW Hall in Greenville, Illinois

2043 4th Street

Greenville, Illinois 62246

Other Things to See

DeMoulin Museum

110 W. Main

Greenville, Illinois 62246

Web Site

Marcoot Jersey Creamery

526 Dudleyville Road

Greenville, Illinois, 62246

Web Site

Learn more about Greenville



Shopping and Antiques

Museums & Historical Sites


Web Site
Additional details

This is just a sampling of the things to see and do in Greenville, Illinois. And if you want to arrive the day ahead of time, make sure to drop by the event site while we are setting up. We will be visiting with vendors and early arrivals on Friday night! There is a bar adjoining the facility!

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