1 conference day, 5 excellent speakers and a chance to visit with your flying friends!
February 28th, 2021
Registration starting at 8am
Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Granite City Campus
1 mile south of I-270 Exit #4 at 4950 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL
There is no reason not to come because this is aFree Event!
It is with great regret that our leadership team has made the decision to cancel the annual Ultralight & Light Sport Aviation Safety Symposium scheduled for February 27, 2021. With the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the certainty that only a small portion of the general population will have received the vaccine by that date, we felt it was prudent to cancel the event for safety reasons.
We considered transitioning to a virtual format or moving it much later in the year. After considering many options, we believe the right decision is to keep the same schedule (last Saturday of February) and the same venue (Southwestern Illinois College Granite City campus), and concentrate on a successful event on February 26th, 2022.
Mark your calendars now. Fly safe and stay healthy. We’ll see you in just a little more than a year.
The Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, and the Federal Aviation Administration, Springfield FSDO, are presenting the 41st Annual IUAC Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium on Saturday, February 28, 2021, in Granite City, 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 that was already a great success in 2020! 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 contact Bob McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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
Master Classes from light aviation experts
From the sport, from the industry.
From best aircraft maintenance practices to airport access and traffic pattern procedures, we have all the safety issues covered for you.
We’ll even hear about the latest proposals for ultralights and sport pilot regulations. Get all your questions answered!
Here is who spoke in 2020...
Member Programs Specialist Ultralight & Light-Plane Community Manager, EAA
Timm Bogenhagen specializes in ultralight work for the Experimental Aircraft Association. (2020 Speaker)
Pilot, experimental aircraft owner, and owner of Big River Aviation.
Paul has a long history of owning, operating, and maintaining experimental aircraft and large aircraft rental fleets. He has been the principal instructor in A&P training programs and is currently the owner of Big River Aviation located at St. Louis Downtown Airport. (2020 Speaker)
Owner, Culver City Props
Culver Props specializes in making custom, fixed-pitch, two-blade, wood propellers. Lewis makes about 120 propellers a year. (2020 Speaker)
Bob McDaniel, retired airport director and ultralight pilot.
Bob has more than 50-years’ pilot experience, flying a variety of aircraft from powered parachutes and experimental home-builts to large transport and supersonic jets. He also has more than 20 years’ experience as an airport director and currently operates his own country airstrip. (2020 Speaker)
James McGhee, pilot and tower controller.
James is an active Private Pilot and a Tower Controller at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, St. Louis Downtown Airport, and Oshkosh’s EAA AirVenture.. (2020 Speaker)
packed with high quality content, just for you.
Scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes and a drink—ALL FOR ONLY $7
Retired Airport Manager and Ultralight Pilot
Big River Aviation
We live in interesting times. Dan talks about the present and future of ultralight and sport aviation.
Culver City Props and Valley Engineering
Lunch and A&P Training Facility Tours
$7 buys you a pulled pork or chicken sandwich, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, cookie, and a drink!
Private Pilot and a Tower Controller at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, St. Louis Downtown Airport, and Oshkosh’s EAA AirVenture
Senior Aviation Specialist responsible for Ultralight Programs
You hafta AFTA. (Always Fly The Airplane) Frank 'Woof' Beagle
Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Member
In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks. Wilbur Wright
In a letter to his father, September 1900
There are two critical points in every aerial flight — its beginning and its end. Alexander Graham Bell
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.
Skills and knowledge atrophy over time. Just as important, new things are constantly being introduced. Get tuned up for a season of flying.
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.
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...
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.
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Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Granite City, Illinois
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