* ASA at the SSA Convention *

Note: this page is not active, but is kept on the site for potential use during the 2020 Convention.


Jan 20, 2018 - This page will have information about the ASA activities at the SSA Convention in Reno. Changes and additions will occur as needed. We will generally announce those by email, the ASA newsgroup, and the News section of this website.


ASA breakfast - Saturday, Mar 3, 7:30 am - 8:45 am

Be sure to sign up for the breakfast online, or at the very latest, when you register at the Convention in Reno.

Maintenance Forums planned

ASA will be hosting two (possibly three) maintenance forums Thursday March 1 at the SSA conference in Reno. Self-launch Sailplanes are becoming an ever increasing part of the fleet. The forums will take place as “guided discussions”  led by knowledgeable panels aimed at increasing your knowledge of the extensive TLC these machine need. The focus will be on power plants rather than airframes, avionics or operations but the direction will be very much driven by questions from the audience.

If you own, or are thinking about buying a Self Launch Sailplane, these forums are for you. Due to the limited manufacturer’s presence most brands provide in the USA, tap into the collective ASA knowledge and experience base that will greatly benefit everyone from “tire kickers”, to new owners, to long time operators of the most popular SLS machines flying today. Ab-initio wannabes to experts. Topics for discussion could range from what to look for in a pre-purchase inspection, daily inspection and routine maintenance  with tips and tricks, problems and failures that happen, help on major upgrades and overhauls, parts obsolescence, to the crucial issue of how to assist your local A&P in expanding his knowledge base to keep your SLS in safe flying condition.

We plan two, 2 hour sessions to be held on the opening day of the convention. Details of the meeting room will be available when you get to Reno.

Starting at 10am will be a session on ASH 25/26, 30, 31 and 32Mi, Wankel powered ships. The panel will be led by Eric Greenwell, with Tom Seim and Schleicher US Representative Rex Mayes.

Following at noon the focus will be on DG 808X with Solo power and led by moderator Buzz Graves with Terry Edmonds and Jim Herd.

If there is interest at 2pm we will hold a session on Rotax engined DG400 given by Tom Seim. Please let us know if you are interested and advise Tom at tom_systek@msn.com so he can plan the time.

You will learn a lot even if you don’t own or fly any of the aircraft noted above. We hope to see you in Reno.

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