I know folks can't get enough of Traffic Awareness and Collision Avoidance and ADS-B information :-)

I'm giving a joint talk at the SSA Convention next week with Larry Cheek from the FAA Reno FSDO, and John Roper marketing manager fromTrig is talking about ADS-B and especially the new Trig TN72 low-cost ADS-B/TABS GPS source. The SSA is still updating the conference schedule so these talk info may not all be there, but the actual info is...

ADS-B (OSTIV Track)
Thursday, March 1, 2018 10:00 am - 10:45 am Convention Center Room A1
Jon Roper


Come to Trig’s ADS-B seminar to understand the regulation and practical aspects of installing ADS-B technology in your sailplane. This includes the latest and highly affordable TN72 TABS GPS technology, designed to work with Trig transponders.

Trig Avionics has a proven track record in lightweight and highly compact transponder and radio solutions. Presenter Jon Roper is the Marketing Manager at Trig, a pilot who started his flying in gliders and has worked in both military and general aviation sectors.


Review of Glider Accidents and Collision Avoidance Technology
Thursday, March 1, 2018 11:00 am - 11:45 am Convention Center Room A3
Larry Cheek and Darryl Ramm


In this two part talk we will review glider accidents and because midair collisions are a factor we will also look at traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology.

We will talk about overall glider accidents in the United States with emphasis on the fatal accidents and a recap of those in the Reno Area including mid-air collisions and near misses.

Traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology can help improve safety for glider pilots. Unfortunately different threat scenarios require different technology. We will take a high-level look at possible technology use in example risk scenarios including glider collisions with airliners and fast jets, military transport and tactical aircraft, general aviation aircraft and other gliders.


Larry Cheek has been with the FAA for 21 years with the last three as the FAA Safety Team Program Manager. Previously, he was a Principal Inspector on multiple Air Carrier Certificates. He feels this is the best job he has ever had, as he works very closely with community pilots developing and presenting safety seminars to help the GA community reduce accidents. He previously retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as both a helicopter rescue pilot and a C-130 Transport Pilot. He also flew helicopter in Vietnam for the U.S. Army.

Darryl Ramm is a glider pilot from the San Francisco Bay Area. He was flying a (transponder equipped) glider out of Minden airport in 2006 when a mid-air collision occurred between an ASG29 glider and Hawker 800 business jet. That and other subsequent accidents and incidents drove Darryl to spend time understanding and explaining traffic awareness and collision avoidance technology options within the glider community. Darryl is available during the conference to talk to anybody interested in detailed discussions or help with equipment selection, installation or use questions.