ESA Western Workshop 2018

Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3, 2018

Mountain Valley Airport (L94), Tehachapi, California

See map below for directions, and links in the schedule and notes for accomodations, restaurants, and RV parking.

It's time once again for the Experimental Soaring Association Western Workshop! This is your chance to meet other members, see aircraft and projects in person, and attend lectures by leaders in our area of interest.

Pictures from Past Workshops

2016 Western Workshop

2018 Workshop Notes

  1. All lectures will be in Byard Hangar
  2. Event registration and merchandise will be in Armstrong Hangar. ESA membership table will be in Byard Hangar.
  3. Registration $10/day, or $20 for both days. Students and speakers attend free of charge. Register on-site, no preregistration needed.
  4. For the various potluck BBQ meals, plates, cups, and utensils will be provided. Please bring  meat and beverage for yourself, and something to share with others. 
  5. For the auction on Saturday evening, all donations gratefully accepted! Your cast-off might well be someone else's treasure!
  6. For a map of area accomodations, please click here.
  7. For soaring flights, tows, camping, please contact Skylark North at Mountain Valley Airport, (661) 822-5267.
  8. For RV parking, contact Mountain Valley RV Park, (661) 822-1213.
  9. If you have questions, please contact Janice Armstrong at (661) 619-7750 or

Schedule of Events 

Friday, August 31st

5:30pm: Potluck BBQ at Bayard Hangar (See notes above)

Saturday, September 1st

8:30am - 9:20am: Dan Armstrong, Ultralight Sailplanes
9:30 - 10:20am: Jeff Byard, Soaring in Tehachapi
10:30 - 11:20am: Neil Pfeiffer (Remote), Is There a Case for Club-built Two-place Glider?
11:30 - 12:30pm: Sonja Englert, Caro 1 Motorglider
12:30 - 2:00pm: LUNCH  (Raven's Nest is close by. For a map of other nearby restaurants, click here)
2:00 - 2:50pm: Bob Kuykendall, Teamwork in Sailplane Development
3:00 - 3:50pm: Kathleen Fredette, Across the Finish Line: Start of a New Adventure
4:00 - 5:00pm: Dean Sigler, How Cheap Can You Get? Low-cost Electric Airplanes That Could Revolutionize Electric Flight

5:30pm: Potluck BBQ at Bayard Hangar (See notes above)
7:00pm: ESA Auction  (See notes above)

Sunday, September 2nd

8:30am - 9:20am: Phil Barnes, Configuration Aerodynamics: Theory and Applications
9:30 - 10:20am: Al Bowers, Prandtl Wing Minimum Drag Update
10:30 - 11:30am: Richard Starke, A Sailplane Design
11:30 - 1:00pm: LUNCH (Raven's Nest is close by. For a map of other nearby restaurants, click here)
1:00 - 2:00pm: Jack Norris, Ideal Propellers: A Second Look
​2:00 - 2:50pm: Don Crawford, Lifting Line Theory
3:00 - 3:50pm: Murry Rozansky, Stairway to Heaven, What are the Steps?
​4:00 - 5:00pm:
ESA Business Meeting
5:30pm: Potluck BBQ at Bayard Hangar (See notes above)
6:45pm: ESA Wrap-up and Thanks

7:00pm: Keynote Speakers: Dan Rihn and Mark Danielson, 50 Years of Flying

Monday, September 3rd

Flying, networking, and clean-up.

MAP to Mountain Valley Airport