The 2019 Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium

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


February 23rd, 2019
Registration starting at 8am


Greenville Illinois
At the American Farm Heritage Museum!

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 37th Annual IUAC Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium on Saturday, February 23, 2019, 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 contact Jim Sweeney at


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

Greg Gremminger


CFI for Gyroplanes

Greg Gremminger introduced the American market to safer, European-style gyroplanes. (2019 Speaker)

Tommy Milton


FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR) Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee

Tommy Milton is one of the most prolific DAR's in the country, particualarly for gyroplanes. (2019 Speaker)

Brett Lawton


Rotax Engine Expert

Brett Lawton is LEAF's Engine Service Supervisor specializing in Rotax 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines. (2019 Speaker)

Dan Johnson


Dan Johnson, Sport Aviation Leader.

Dan Johnson is a prolific aviation writer, blogger, and Youtube personality. (2019 Speaker)

Conference Schedule

packed with high quality content, just for you.



Arrive Early and Grab Coffee!
Proceeds go to fund the American Farm Heritage Museum

Lunch at the American Farm Heritage Museum The parking lot and entrance are on the east side of the American Heritage Building


Opening Statements

09:00 - 10:00

Gyroplane Jeopardy

Greg Gremminger
CFI, Gryroplane

ADSB Icon Learn more about gyroplanes and test your knowledge of the sport in a highly interactive session.

10:15 - 11:15

Future Trends in Personal Flight

Dan Johnson
Light Aircraft Manufacturing Association

TurbulenceWe live in interesting times. Dan talks about the present and future of ultralight and sport aviation.

11:15 - 12:45

Lunch Break

Lunch will be available on site!
Proceeds go to fund the American Farm Heritage Museum

Lunch at the American Farm Heritage Museum Stick around, enjoy the museum, and dine with fellow pilots!

12:45 - 1:45

Caring for your Rotax 2-Stroke or 4-Stroke Engine

Brett Lawton
Engine Service Supervisor

Mechanic Icon Rotax engines are used by most pilots flying ultralights and light sport aircraft. Brett Lawton covers the care of those powerplants and answers your questions.

2:00 - 3:00

Doing Your Annual Inspection

Tommy Milton
Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)

Aircraft Inspection IconWhether you do your own inspections or not, it is good to know what to look for and inspect on an annual basis.

Safety Words of Wisdom

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.

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. The Farm Heritage Museum will also be open that Saturday!


American Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville, Illinois

1395 Museum Ave

Greenville, Illinois 62246

Web Site
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


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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!

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