EAA Ultralight And LSA Council Names New Chairman


The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft (ULSAC) Council has named Jim Pfarr as its new chairman. A U.S. Air Force veteran with more than 1,300 hours of navigator time logged in C-130 and C-141 aircraft, Pfarr has also served as president and vice president of EAA Ultralight Chapter 1 and as a Civil Air Patrol liaison officer. He will take over from Mark Solper, who has chaired the council for the last three years.

“Jim’s diverse leadership background and avid interest in grassroots flying is a real asset to the Ultralight/Light-Sport Aircraft Council,” said Rick Larsen, EAA vice president of communities and member programming. “Ultralight and light-sport aircraft flying offer a wonderfully fun, simple, and affordable way to be engaged in flight and the council will help EAA preserve that accessibility, as well as enhance programs and activities that will focus on safety and fun for our members.”

The ULSAC’s mission is to “promote participation and preserve the privileges of the ultralight and light-sport communities” along with “promoting safe practices and methodologies in the flying, designing, construction, testing and maintenance of Ultralight and Light-Sport aircraft.” In addition, the council is tasked with providing advice, analysis and assistance to EAA in matters regarding ultralight and light-sport aircraft. It consists of five to seven members appointed by EAA’s president.

Kate O'Connor
Kate O’Connor works as AVweb's Editor-in-Chief. She is a private pilot, certificated aircraft dispatcher, and graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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  1. If Mr Pfarr TRULY wants to QUICKLY support grass roots flying and promote UL/LSA as ” a wonderfully fun, simple, and affordable way to be engaged in flight ” then he and his little ULSAC need to tell the FAA to ignore industry shills Dan Johnson and Roy Beisswenger who have been cramming selfish convoluted requests for SP commercial operation privileges down the FAA’s throat and up its… agenda.
    IMHO those two have DELAYED expansion of AVAILABLE SP-eligible legacy certified aircraft to include C150/152, PA-28-140, Colt, Tomahawk, Citabria, L8E&F, and other simple affordable 2 seaters which are SAFER than and 1/6 the price of imported composite SLSA.
    Make up a list like that with their Vs, Vh, and gross weight and ask FAA for an immediate one time waiver to allow them under SP.
    Put me on that committee and I’ll have a draft motion for review, approval, and sending to FAA OKCity ready tomorrow.