This isn’t directly related to soaring but it is about travel in airplanes. I hope everyone is aware that to according to https://realid.ilsos.gov/; “For Illinois residents who fly domestically, effective Oct. 1 2020 the federal government will require you to use a valid U.S. passport or obtain a REAL ID from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.”
I just went today to the Illinois Sec of State’s office in Woodstock to get my RealID*. Cost is $5. The WARNING I want to give to you is that if you are going to need a RealID you should not wait until the last minute. For me it took almost an hour to complete the task – which was short considering the office in Woodstock was basically empty when I went. The officials at the office expressed concern to me about what the rush will be like come next fall. And I do NOT want to be anywhere near a TSA line on October 1 – the mayhem of people caught unawares will be horrific. So the sooner the better for you. Don’t delay.