The 2016 Ultralight/Sport Plane Safety Seminar

1 conference day, 7 excellent speakers and a chance to visit with your flying friends!


March 26, 2016
Registration starting at 8am


Springfield Illinois
At the Fairground!

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 34th Annual IUAC Ultralight/Lightplane Safety Seminar on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Springfield, IL. Admission is FREE and pre-registration is not required. The Illinois Ultralight Light Plane Safety Seminar is back at the Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The seminar will cover a broad range of subjects. Along with the seminar, 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 item should call contact Carol Para 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 safety seminar 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

Swank II

Aviation Safety Inspector (Operations)

Stan works in the FAA's Springfield Flight Standards Office.


Flight Safety Coordinator

Joe works for the Aeronautics Division of the Illinois Department of Transportation in Springfield.


Adjunct Instructor

Bob wears many hats, including pilot, author and adjunct instructor at St. Louis University-Parks College of Engineering & Aviation.


CEO at Swift Fuels, LLC

Chris is a CEO for a private firm developing high-performance fuels and specialty chemicals that serve the global aviation industry.


Powered Paraglider Pilot

Jeff is a long-time powered paraglider enthusiast who is involved with the United States Powered Paragliding Association.


Powered Paraglider Instructor

Mike is the owner and operator of Discover Powered Paraglidinging in Quincy.


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

08:045 - 09:45

The Emergence of Drones: What Unmanned Aerial Systems Mean for You

Stan Swank II
Springfield FAA Flight Standards Office

Joseph Samudovsky
IDOT Division of Aeronautics

Drones are in the news and in our airspace. If you are a pilot, a drone operator, a commercial drone operator or possibly all three, this seminar is for you. Find out what the official steps are that you need to take to become a safe and legal drone operator.

10:00 - 11:00

Sharing the Airspace

Bob McDaniel
Adjunct Instructor

The fastest way to clear a room full of pilots is to ask if someone there can explain an airspace rule to you. (OK, that may not be true. The quickest wat to empty a room full of pilots is to announce that you are from the FAA and would like a voluteer to show you their aircraft... Airspace rules are only the second way.

The intrepid Bob McDaniel has flown in everthing from jet aircraft to powered parachutes and knows the rules. Better, he will explain how best for you to safely enjoy airspace that you may normally avoid because of lack of knowledge.

11:15 - 12:15

The Future of Aviation Fuels

Chris D'Acosta
CEO at Swift Fuels, LLC

You may have heard that 100LL fuel is on the way out. The consensus is not about if, it is more about when. Besides, the Rotax engines that power many of out aircraft don't really care for the old lowlead.

Chris D'Acosta tells about one drop-in replacement for 100LL that has already been deployed. The title says 'future' but a lot of that is 'now'!


Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:30

Powered Paragliding 101

Jeff Steinkamp
Powered Paraglider Pilot

Mike Mixer
Powered Paraglider Instructor

Are you ready for your next aviation adventure? How about a powered paraglider? Both foot launch and wheeled versions are available. They are inexpensive, fun aircraft. Mike and Jeff will explain how you can get involved.

2:45 - 3:45

Maintenance, Inspections, and Logbook: Is your ultralight or light sport ready to fly?

Roy Beisswenger
DPE and Author

Spring has sprung, or so it seems. In any case, it is time to get to the airport, wipe down your ride, and get it ready for the sky. Roy will explain the inspection process and how to document it to stay safe and legal.

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 Springfield, Illinois.


Illinois Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds

2520 Main Street

Springfield, Illinois 62702

Other Things to See

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

212 N. Sixth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62701

Web Site

Adams Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the center of town

Springfield, Illinois

Web Site

Cozy Dog Drive In

2935 S Sixth Street

Springfield, Illinois 62703

Web Site
Additional details

This is just a sampling of the things to see and do in Springfield, 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 probably be organizing a trip to a local restaurant or pub after the work is done on Friday night!

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