Steve Dee soloed in gliders at 14 and has been flying ever since. Having earned Commercial Glider and CFI Ratings in 1973, he attended the USAF Academy and was able to teach in the Academy Soaring Program for 4 years, as the first Freshman Glider CFI in the history of the program. After graduation, Steve attended USAF Pilot Training and served 2 tours as an Instructor Pilot, then joined the South Dakota Air National Guard to complete 30 years of service flying the A-7D and F-16C. During that time, he got hired at FedEx and flew the 727, DC-10, 757/767, and MD-11 aircraft, accumulating 20 years as Captain in 3 different types.
Throughout those years, Steve continued to pursue crosscountry glider flying with a passion, and discovered powered gliders in 2003. Since that time, he has earned the World Distance Award, and competed in numerous OLC based events. Along the way, Steve created the flight school Motorgliding USA, with the primary goal of bringing quality Self-Launch Endorsement training to market. He has utilized both Self-Launch (SLS) and Touring Motorgliders (TMG’s) in his school, and brings the perspective of both to his presentation on Self-Launch Training in the USA.