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Electronic Location Devices Other Safety Equipment

Electronic Location Devices & Other Safety Equipment

By John DeRosa


For many glider pilots it isn’t a matter of if, it is a matter of when, that conditions will require that we land at other than our home airport.  Glider pilots call this event a “land out” -- which could be at another airport, but might be at an unimproved field.  We might land out in an area without cell phone coverage. You might be injured and need quick help.  How do we get in touch with help in these situations?  There are now multiple types of emergency location devices that can help a pilot, as well as provide other useful features.  This presentation will be an overview of the available ELDs -- covering their features, costs (fixed and recurring), along with the pros and cons of each type.   We will also discuss what items might be useful to carry with you in the cockpit for a land out, and carry on your parachute in case of a bail out.

This is essential planning for a cross-country soaring pilot, and applies to engine powered flight as well.


Our presenter for the evening is John Derosa.

John has helped many pilots overcome their fear of soaring avionics wiring. He is a private glider pilot and holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MS in computer science. He has been a glider pilot for 25 or so years and owns an ASW-27B. John is a long-time member of Sky Soaring, located northwest of Chicago, and is a member of the club’s maintenance board specializing in avionics and other electrical thingies.  He is a past president of the ChicagoLand Glider Council and is their current secretary, webmaster, and seminar chairman.


We thank John for his willing ness to present in the Webinar Series.  Registration can be completed at this link: 



We are also pleased to announce that we can accommodate up to 3000 attendees for the rest of the 2020 Webinar series.  Our apologies for the software snafu in April.  This particular session will not qualify for FAA Wings program credit.

Posted: 5/11/2020 By: General News

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