The 2016 Soaring Society of America Convention will be held Feb. 18-20 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, S.C.
“This year’s convention will bring together a variety of sailplane pilots, from avid contestants to locally flying club members in a great location — Greenville, S.C.,” said SSA Chairman Ken Sorenson.
Visitors will have access to the latest in sailplane technology, instruments, books, flight-related gadgets, and apparel.
Additionally, specialists in the field will provide lectures and presentations. Sailplane dealers will present the latest models from manufacturers around the globe, and soaring schools will provide flight simulators and instruction materials and information.
With tens of aircraft on display and around 70 exhibitors, the convention expects more than 3,000 visitors, both local and from around the country.
The speakers’ presentations will cover topics relevant to flying safety, weather, soaring technology, instruction, and aerobatics.
This year’s keynote speaker is Mark “Forger” Stucky, a military and government test pilot. He has flown for the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and international partners, logging more than 9,000 flight hours in over 170 different models of aircraft.
In addition, the 2016 Soaring Society of America Awards will be presented during the Saturday evening banquet.