ESA Western Workshop

Mountain Valley Airport (L94), Tehachapi, California

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The ESA Western Workshop and Symposium 2023 is On!

The 2023 Experimental Soaring Association Western Workshop and Symposium will be held this year at Mountain Valley Airport (L94) in Tehachapi, California, Saturday September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd.

AirNav: L94 - Mountain Valley Airport

The symposium lectures will be conducted in the Armstrong hangar. Cold water bottles and two large containers of ice water will be available during the lectures. Lectures generally start at 9am.

We will hold potluck barbeques on Saturday and Sunday evening, also at the Armstrong hangar. The BBQ's generally start about 5pm. There will be a gas BBQ grill available, on a shared basis, for cooking.

The current plan is to use the mornings for lectures and the afternoons for visiting and flying, followed by the pot-luck BBQ each evening. Lunch breaks have traditionally been a great time to meet fellow ESA and HBA members, have lunch, and talk airplanes.

Saturday, September 2nd
  • (9am) Jake Riley - Adventures with a Fly-By-Wire Ultralight and an L-29
  • (10am) Chinmay Patel - Transportation Efficiency and Energy Consumption
  • (11am) Bob Kuykendall - HP Adventures & Wet Layup/Vacuum Bag Spar Layup Demonstration using Unidirectional Pultrusions
  • (12pm) - LUNCH BREAK
  • (1:30pm) Chinmay Patel - Soaring and Intermittent Flight in Birds
  • (2:30pm) Red Jensen - F1 Impulse
  • (3:30pm) Jeff Byard - Senior Albatross Project Update
  • (5:00pm) - POT LUCK BBQ (A gas BBQ grill will be provided on a shared basis. Bring food for yourself and some to share.)
Sunday, September 3rd
  • (9am) Walt Rogers - A Survey of Cross-Country Soaring Achievements in 2023 - Gordo's 3,000km+ Flight and Other Sport Gliding Challenges
  • (10am) Chris Esselstyn - Twin-Jet ASW-27: Presentation and Q&A with the Aircraft
  • (11:30am) Marc Webster - Condor Virtual-Reality Soaring Simulation - A Short Progress Report
  • (11:45am) ESA Business/Board Meeting
  • (12pm) - LUNCH BREAK
  • (1:30pm) Bill Daniels - Electric Sailplane Launching Winch Progress
  • (2:30pm) Dan Kreigh - "Dude, Where's My Flying Car?" aka Latest Developments in Flying Cars
  • (3:30pm) Al Bowers - Latest Prandtl Developments
  • (5:00pm) - POT LUCK BBQ (A gas BBQ grill will be provided on a shared basis. Bring food for yourself and some to share.)
For questions:
Murry Rozansky 818-590-4495
Al Bowers 661-583-6458
Jeff Byard 661-609-4848
Dan Armstrong 661-619-7750

Past Workshops

2021 Western Workshop - Photo Album

2020 Western Workshop - Cancelled due to COVID-19

2019 Western Workshop - Lectures on YouTube.

2018 Western Workshop - Lectures on YouTube.

2016 Western Workshop - Photo Album