Experimenter

JAN 2015

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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32 Vol.4 No.1 / Januar y 2015 ULTRALIGHT WORLD THE EAA SPORT AVIATION Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made signifi cant contributions in the areas of home- builts, vintage, aerobatics, warbirds, and ultralights. They are selected through a process administered by the EAA councils established to represent each group. All the councils meet every year in November at EAA headquarters to provide advice and analysis to EAA staf and the EAA Board of Directors regarding the needs of our individual communities. I'm privi- leged to serve a three-year term on the Ultralight & Light-Sport Aircraft Council. Our annual meetings coincide with the Hall of Fame Banquet and award ceremony. For 2014, we welcomed Lowell Farrand of Ligonier, In- diana, to the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame for his signifi cant contributions to ultralight aviation. At the ceremony, Lowell said EAA has been a large part of his life since the days when EAA's of ces were in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. (He has a fi ve-digit EAA number, with new EAA numbers now having seven digits. Just an FYI, an EAA number is never used twice.) Lowell said he enjoyed fl ying all kinds of airplanes at Oshkosh from warbirds to homebuilts, but he always has had a special attraction to small airplanes because of their lower cost. He thanked the two EAA chapters, 138 and 932, that were central to his life for so many years. His family and a large contingent of chapter members attended the event. Lowell began fl ying as a young ferry pilot for World War II trainer aircraft, eventually fl ying everything up to the AT-6 Tex- an. He fl ew a range of British aircraft from Tiger Moths to the Jodel series and then moved on to Aeroncas, Pipers, Stinsons, and Cessnas. He built or restored 25 aircraft and ultralights, and he has accumulated more than 5,000 hours of fl ying time. He built a Bensen gyrocopter from plans in the late 1950s and collaborated with a Notre Dame University Air and Space researcher on the design for a powered parachute. He became the fi rst person to fl y a powered parachute on June 6, 1968. Lowell worked with Wayne Ison on the fi rst PDQ-1 in the late 1960s, long before ultralights existed. He said when he fl ew the fi rst PDQ-1, he weighed more than the aircraft. Thou- sands of kits were sold worldwide, but more importantly, the PDQ was the precursor of the Team Mini-Max line of ultra- lights and amateur-built aircraft. Lowell continued working with Wayne on powerplants and electrical systems. He was a dealer, builder, and test pilot, and he continues to work with the current company owners as a technical advisor. Lowell probably has the most complete knowledge of anyone living today on the Team Mini-Max aircraft. Wayne Ison passed away in 2014 and had been inducted into the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame in the year 2000. If building and fl ying pioneering ultralights wasn't enough, Lowell also played a huge role in helping hundreds of others achieve their dream of fl ight. He worked as a Young Eagles co- ordinator, served as an EAA technical counselor and fl ight ad- visor, and became a designated airworthiness representative. He has test-fl own more than 400 homebuilts, has certifi cated nearly 500 aircraft for fl ight, and is still active at age 82. We want to recognize individuals like Lowell and we need your help to identify prospective recipients. Please scan the list of inductees currently in the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame and consider who in the ultralight community we should recognize in 2015 and beyond. Download the nomination form and write a few paragraphs about your nominee's contribution to ultralights. Let's recognize them when they are still around to appreciate the honor. ULTRALIGHT COUNCIL MEETINGS During two full days of meetings, our council met with EAA staf as we reviewed many issues of importance to ultralights. We also looked into the current state of the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft (LSA) industry. There is a persistent lack Lowell Farrand Joins Ultralight Hall of Fame And new from the Ultralight & Light-Sport Aircraft Council BY DAN GRUNLOH Photography by Dan Grunloh Lowell Farrand accepts his Hall of Fame award.

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