SSA 2012 Convention Photos by Maria Szemplinska

We are delighted to provide the following images from Maria Szemplinska.  She creates truly beautiful photographs with a unique perspective.  Let us know if you would like a copy and we can put you in touch with her.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we have.  — Bill and Rand

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Lake Tahoe Beach

Impressive wing of the DG1001M Sailplane

Exhibition Hall

Al Tyler congratulates Rachel Conklin, the recipient of the Kolstad Junior Scholarship Award

Exhibition Hall, on the left a well supplied "Cumulus Soaring" stand

Thomas Prohazka and Ray Leonard, US Hang Gliding

"Perkoz" is going home

Richard Pfiffner, Craggy Aero LLC getting full attention

Jay McDaniel and ?

JS1 Revelation

Renee, wife of Paul Remde from Cumulus Soaring and Christine, his Assistant

SZD 54-2 "Perkoz",a brand new 2-seater, a basic trainer, full asrobatics and cross country, all in one glider, dealer Jerzy Szemplinski from Windpath Corporation

from left: Jennifer Benetti-Longhini, Leo Benetti-Longhini, Stan Palmer, Iain Baker, Uys Jonker, Jonker Sailplanes, South Africa

Young cadetes trying the "Perkoz", Windpath Corporation, a perfect trainer, aerobatics and cross country in one

Exhibition Hall

Michael I Green, PH.D and Frauke Elber at WSPA booth

Schleicher Ka-6E getting ready to go home

Al Tyler hands in the Chairmans Award to Dianne Black-Nixon

Greg Cole with a group of Windward Representatives, Perlan Project

Diamont Peak with Lake Tahoe

Gordon Boettger with wife Melissa Boettger and daughter Sierra Boettger. Gordon set a distance record in northern Hemisphere in a Kestrel sailplane.

DG1001M, Chris ? from Pacific Aerosport

Kasia Milewska, showing the USHPA equipment


from left: Tilo Holighaus and "Biggo" Berger from Schempp-Hirth, Heinz Weissenbuehler and Monty Sullivan from M&H Research and Development

View on the Skylaunch booth from the inside of a trailer

Birdseyeview on DG1001M

Vytautas Maciulis, Director of Lak Factory and Vitek Siroky, President of Blanik America, Inc.

Visitor interested in LAK glider from Lithuania

Al Tyler, SSA Chairman

Ralph Kolstad and Marge Flemings, Soaring Youth and Kolstad Programs, representing the Kolstad Youth Scholarship Award of $5,000

Winch by "Romans Design", Roman Wrosz

Kasia Milewska, USHPA, her paraglider is her wings

Perlan Projekt Display

John Kulbeth, Aeronautical and Industrial Resources USA, Lambada Motorglider, pilot who took Maria on the most amazing flight over Lake Tahoe.

Inside the trailer

DG1001M cabin

Wine and Cheese party sponsors

Jennifer Benetti-Longhini makes a signature jump for JS1 Revelation, Jonker Sailplanes

Another day at the Exhibition

Jonkers booth closing up

Ian E. Oldaker from Canada

Einar Enevoldson and Bertha M.Ryan, author of the "Soaring Beyond the Clouds"

Kasia Milewska,USHPA demonstrates the ropes of a paraglider

Exhbition Hall

Andreea Alexandrescu, Seminole Lake Gliderport and Jerzy Szemplinski, Windpath Corporation from Canada

Tilo Holighaus and Ken Sorenson

DG1001M Self-Launcher Engine

Young Windward Performance Reps interested in "Perkoz", Windpath Corporation"

Planes and booths have left the Convention Hall

DG1001M tail, Pacific Aerosport

Leo Benetti-Longhini, Jonker Sailplanes, JS1 Revelation, South Africa

Rachel Conklin, the Kolstad Junior Scholarship Award Recipient

Lake Tahoe

Wine and Cheese Event before the official opening day sponsored by a couple of soaring friends

from left: Roger Harris, towpilot, Diane Horn, groundcrew, Dick Horn, President, Air Sailing, Inc.

Trailers in front of Atlantis Hotel, home of the 2012 SSA Convention

Ken Sorenson

Al Tyler, SSA Chairman

JS1 Revelation, Jonkers Sailplanes

Rachel Conklin, the recipient of the Kolstad Junior Scholarship Award

Sean and Tiffany Fidler toast to a succsesfull Convention

in the middle Roman Wrosz, "Romans Design"

Jerzy Szemplinski from Windpath Corporation and Bill Elliott from Soaring Cafe

Cheri Long with Bud Copeland from SSA

Jonkers Sailplanes group presenting "JS1 Revelation": Jennifer Benetti-Longhini, Stan Palmer, Iain Baker Leo Benetti-Longhini, Uys Jonker

Butterfly like look at "Stemme" USA presented by Alexander Papenberg

Last consultations, Tilo Hollighaus and Monty Sullivan

Sierra Boettger proudly holds her fathers U.S.Champion Award

Rhonda Tyler, Michelle Sorenson, Hank Nixon

Vitek Siroky, President of Blanik America, Inc and Vytautas Maciulis, Director of Lak Factory in Pociunai, LT preparing their booth.

Duane Cole and Lew Klunk examining the wings of a DuckHawk

Tim Welles, Richard Kellerman, Chip Garner, Gary Kammerer of ClearNav

Exhibition Hall

Denise Layton with her Award

Kasia Milewska, USHPA

Ken Sorenson, Denise Layton, Al Tyler

Neva Cole from Windward Performance

Exhibition Hall, at the front "Perkoz", Windpath Corporation

Steve Pachura with a visitor, "Romans Design"

Wave Over Lake Tahoe

John Lubon and Patric Lubon

Roman Wrosz and Steve Pachura,discussing their winch by "Romans Design"

Josh Knerr, Jim Short and Simine Short from Vintage Sailplane Association

Model Glider Display from American Modelers Assosication (AMA)

Chip Garner and Tim Welles

Renee Remde, Cumulus Soaring

SZD 54-2 "Perkoz" a brand new 2-seater, so called 3 in 1, because its a basic trainer, full aerobatics and cross country glider, dealer Jerzy Szemplinski from Windpath Corporation

Ray Poquette, Thermotec USA

"Biggo" Berger from Schempp-Hirth helps a visitor to get into "Arcus"

Dr. Loek Boermans, OSTIV

Peter Salisbury, Janet Pitt and Adam Greaves, Skylaunch Ltd.

LAK 17B(Fes)BT presented by Vitek Siroky and Lak Factor Director Vytautas Maciulis

Trailers leaving into the night

Williams Soaring Center, from left: Nick Mayes, Noelle Mayes, Richard Kellerman, Ben Meyes, Erik Knight, and ?

Michael Tomazin, Aeronautical & Industrial Resources USA, Lambada Motorglider

Al Tyler and Dianne Black-Nixon with her Chairmans Award

Kasia Milewska demonstrates how to of paragliding to the visitor, USHPA

Inspecting the Panel

Front going through Lake Tahoe

End of the Convention, Jerzy takes dwon his signs

DuckHawk by Windward Performance

Mechelle Radcliff, SSA Editorial Assistant/Advertising Manager

George and Lisa Applebay, Southwest Soaring Museum, NM

Bernald Smith, OSTIV

View through the trailer on one of the Exhibitions booths

Exhibiton Hall closing for the night

Denise Layton, SSA Chief Administrative Officer

Josh Knerr and Simine Short, Vintage Sailplane Association, Simine presenting their Magazine "Bungee Cord"

Peter Pfortner and Leo Buckley

John Murry, Eastern Sailplane, ASG Dealer

Jerzy Szemplinski, Windpath Corporatiorn,"Perkoz" Dealer

And the Party beginns, SSA Staff from Hobbs, NM

Exhibition Hall, in the middle "Perkoz", Windpath Corporation

Erazem Polutnyk and Uros Krasovic, LX NAV

John Good

Through the cabin of the motorglider

"Perkoz", Jerzy Szemplinski, Windpath Corporation


Lee Kuhlke,Flarm USA, Butterfly USA

Greg Cole, Windward Performance, Perlan Project

Photos by Maria Szemplinska
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  5 comments for “SSA 2012 Convention Photos by Maria Szemplinska

  1. February 22, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Photo #58 Roger Harris “Coot” one of our tow pilots and a awesome glider pilot!!!

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Chris – Thanks for the ID. We’ll add a caption to Roger’s photo.

  2. February 22, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Great photo’s Maria! Thanks very much!!!

  3. Piet Barber
    February 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Photo #129 Fred LaSor of SoarNV.

    • February 24, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      Piet – Thanks for identifying Fred. We’ll add a corresponding caption.

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