Review of Glider Accidents in Northern Nevada
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.