2016 Soaring Society of America convention coming to Greenville

The SSA Convention is an event that brings together the soaring community from across the United States for three days of meetings and soaring-related exhibits. The 2016 edition will be hosted February 18th – 20th, at the TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.

“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 SC.” 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 interesting presentations.

Our traditional sailplane dealers will present the latest models from manufacturers around the globe, and our soaring schools will provide flight simulators and instruction materials and information. With tens of aircraft on display and around 70 exhibitors, the Convention expects over 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 will be Mark “Forger” Stucky, an accomplished military and government test pilot. He has flown for the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, NASA, and international partners and he has logged over 9,000 flight hours in over 170 different models of aircraft. Stucky has also been an aerospace research test pilot at NASA’s Dryden (now Armstrong) Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

The Soaring Society of America Awards

In addition, the 2016 Soaring Society of America Awards will be presented during a special evening banquet session on Saturday, February 20th starting 6 PM at the Piedmont Ballroom, Hilton Hotel.

The awards include recognition of National Soaring Contest Champions, Soaring Performance and Service Awards.