The 2021 Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium has been Canceled Due to Concerns from COVID-19

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 a

Free Event!

Cancellation Notice

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.

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 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


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

Timm Bogenhagen


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

Timm Bogenhagen specializes in ultralight work for the Experimental Aircraft Association. (2020 Speaker)

Paul Voorhees


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)

Alaina Lewis


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


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)

Bob McDaniel


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)

Conference Schedule

packed with high quality content, just for you.


Doors Open with Breakfast Available

Scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes and a drink—ALL FOR ONLY $7


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Airport Access and Operating Procedures

Bob McDaniel
Retired Airport Manager and Ultralight Pilot



10:15 - 11:15

Best Maintenance Practices

Paul Voorhees
Big River Aviation

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



11:00 - 12:00

Wooden Propeller Inspection & Failure Prevention

Alaina Lewis
Culver City Props and Valley Engineering

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch Break

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!

13:00 - 14:00

Tips From a Controller

James McGhee
Private Pilot and a Tower Controller at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, St. Louis Downtown Airport, and Oshkosh’s EAA AirVenture



14:20 - 15:15

Ultralight and Light Sport Aviation Issues

Timm Bogenhagen
Senior Aviation Specialist responsible for Ultralight Programs


Drawings & Closing Remarks

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 Downtown St. Louis, located only 12 miles away!


Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) in Granite City, Illinois

4950 Maryville Road

Granite City, Illinois

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