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2005 SSA National Convention:

A visit to the 2005 SSA National Convention and Air Sports Expo slated for February 9-12 at the wonderful Ontario, California Convention Center promises to be an exciting and unique experience. The Speaker Program is packed with completely new topics, and a "Focus on Clubs" seminar series and luncheon will highlight specialized issues facing those groups. If, for some strange reason, you tire of hearing about soaring, find out how to get spacecraft to Saturn, or watch a bald eagle spread its wings and fly for the first time, via hidden video camera.

New exhibit hall attractions will include a Grob 103 modified as a flight simulator, a computerized testing facility to measure mental and physical performance such as reaction time and visual ability, and live demonstrations around sailplanes and motorgliders, (facilitated by a mobile sound system) by experts. Also new will be 10-20 minute, scheduled "demonstrations" at exhibitor booths. Weather permitting, an outdoor demonstration of electric powered and glider models with as small as five inch wingspans (weighing a few grams) will take place on Saturday.

Plan to arrive in Ontario early this year: The SSA-sponsored, completely free "Soaring Software Academy", represents an exciting expansion for our traditional convention.

Our Friday evening dinner event features the entertainment and wit of composer/musician Ed Kilbourne (whose CD "Cloudbase", filled with songs of soaring, is well known to many), paired with Charlie Spratt, M.S. (Master Storyteller). The roast held to honor Charlies at last year's convention in Atlanta was both a sell-out and hilarious. Everyone had the feeling Charlie's storytelling was "just getting warmed up" at the end of that evening.

The Awards Banquet will be held Saturday evening. There will be a cash bar cocktail hour before the event, followed by a delicious dinner. Presentation of the SSA's most coveted and prestigious awards will be presented, followed by our featured speaker.

The Ontario Convention Center and hosting Doubletree Hotel are a free two minute shuttle bus ride from Ontario International Airport, with scheduled service from all over the U.S. Make your convention plans now, using the online registration form.

Posted: 12/2/2004 By: General News

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