42nd WSPA Seminar – 1-5 July, 2019, St. Louis Soaring Association


St. Louis Soaring Association (SLSA) is located 3 miles East of Highland, Illinois, about 35 miles East of St. Louis, Missouri in great flying country.

To join us at the Seminar: 

 1) Due to such a tremendous response, registration is regrettably closed, if you have made prior arrangements and need to still submit a registration follow this link `> Register on-line; or email Charlotte@womensoaring.org for a printable form.

2) Pay your registration fee using  Paypal if possible.

3) Registration has two levels, you are either Non-flying folks who share Seminar events and meals, or Flying folks. These have two different prices. The same registration fees apply to youth, associate, and full WSPA members.

4) All seminar participants need to be current WSPA members at the time of the Seminar. Dues are $20 per year for full (women) and associate (men) members, and $10 for youth members. You can pay your WSPA dues with your registration.

5) Pilots registering to fly at the Seminar will have temporary membership in St. Louis Soaring, and so need to be SSA members. St. Louis Soaring is an SSA club, and SSA membership is required by our club rules. Contact the Soaring Society of America directly if you need a 1-year membership in that society.

6) You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. Some information is provided below.


Airport. SLSA owns and operates the Howard Blossom Gliderport at Highland-Winet field (designation: H07), a grass field where glider flying is the main activity. SLSA club and field information is at www.stlsoar.org.


Our club glider fleet will be available to Seminar participants to fly. A field checkout is required for flying both our equipment and yours, so plan for that; and an instructor checkout is required for solo flight in each of our ships by club rules. Our glider fleet has four two-place ships: a K-13, a G-103, and two K-21’s, and four single-place ships: a 1-26C, a 1-34, and two G-102’s. We have high-speed internet at the field, and a custom Condor 2 simulator.

If you are flying in to join us at the Seminar please note that no fuel is available on our field, you’ll need to go 10 miles East to Greenville, Illinois (GRE). Also, the power and glider pattern are separated on opposite sides of the field, don’t mix these up, and there is a ditch you should probably know about for taxiing. Contact Charlotte ahead of time for a briefing.

Lodging. The nearest motel to the Seminar site is the Baymont Inn in Highland, Illinois, about 3 miles away, reservations at 866-238-4218. Their cost is expected to be around $80 per night for a room with 1 bed, at least if you register well ahead of time.

There is plenty of camping space for tents and RV’s at the St. Louis Soaring field, and at the Silvercreek Glider Club about 10 miles north: www.silvercreekgliderclub.com.

The next-nearest motels to the Seminar site are in Troy, Illinois, about 15 miles West at the junction of I-70 and I-55, with a Red Roof Inn, Best Western, Holiday Inn, and Super 8.

Costs: Non-flying registration, $235; Flying registration, $310; glider rental, no charge; tows: 0-1000 ft including rope breaks, $18, standard tow to 3000 ft agl, $29. **Flying costs are economical because Seminar participants are expected to help out with the flying activities, such as launch, retrieve, recording flight information, washing ships, and such — you will be members, after all.**

Your individual plans: Bringing your own ship? Want to arrange camping on either of the fields? Special diet concerns? Flying in but unfamiliar with the field? Have special plans or hopes for your Seminar flying? Contact Charlotte ahead of time: Charlotte@womensoaring.org

Local hostesses are Charlotte Taylor and Anne Mongiovi of SLSA. For questions or suggestions, contact us at Seminar2019@womensoaring.org, or Charlotte directly at Charlotte@womensoaring.org

If you prefer not to pay online, send a personal check or money order payable to WSPA and mail to:

WSPA Seminar
C/O Mary Rust
26630 Garrett Ryan Ct.,
Hemet CA 92544





Registration for 2019 is closed…

We have had a great response and our registration for this years seminar is full.  If you have made prior contact with Charlotte about registration, you can proceed as discussed, if not, please be sure to register next year… we look forward to seeing everyone!

Seminar Benefits

  • Networking Opportunities– Building new relationships and meeting new friends is important to your growth as a pilot. Relationships can help you gain knowledge from having meaningful conversations with them and interactions.
  • Learning Something New – Learning about new and more effective ways to accomplish things and gaining more knowledge about soaring in general.
  • Developing Expertise – Soaring training enables you to gain more expertise and helps you develop new ideas to improve as a pilot.
  • Gaining Inspiration – Meeting new people and learning new things often leads to great feelings of inspiration.
  • Having fun – Attending seminars are usually very fun. It’s a day away from the normal daily routine to improve you skills.  It is fun to connect with like minded women and support each other.

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