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Pioneers

 

Bell  Chotia  Clarke  Cohen  Hill  Hovey  Ison  Jensen  Kolb  Mauro  Mitchell  Moody  Newman  Slusarczyk  Teman  Wheeler 

Kevin Bell. Designer of the Northstar Viking. Flew Coast to Coast in an ultralight in 1979. It took 30 days.


John Chotia. Mr. Chotia was the designer of the Weedhopper, Woodhopper, Gypsy and Rocket. As President of Weedhopper of Utah he built and sold many designs which have been the mainstay in the US and oversees ultralight markets.



Alan Clarke. Australian designer and builder of ultralight aircraft during the 1970s-1980s. His Macro Series was a monoque aluminum fuselage with cantilevered wings. Alan was the first person to receive complete training exemption for GA license in Australia due to his ultralight flying experience.



Steve Cohen. Prolific Australian designer of the Avenger, Condor, and Thruster.

 

Klaus Hill. Mr. Hill was the designer of the Sailwing glider, the basis for the Twin Boomer and Delight Wing in the 1970s. His designs also included the Honeybee, Weedhopper, Hummer and Humbug.

Bob Hovey. Designer of the Whing Ding II, Delta Bird, Delta Hawk, and Super Delta Hawk. Author of numerous books on aeronautical design of light aircraft.

Wayne Ison. Mr. Ison designed and built the original P.D.Q. from which the miniMAX evolved. He is the creator of the ISON Aircraft (originally TEAM) line of aircraft, including the miniMAX, Hi-MAX, and AirBike.

Volmer Jensen. Mr. Jensen, designer of the VJ-22 Sportsman, was involved in hang gliding as early as 1925 and again in the 1970ís. 

Homer E. Kolb. (1931-2009). Prolific designer and builder of the Flyer, Firestar, and Ultrastar. First to build an airplane which weighed less than pilot.

Larry Mauro. Mr. Mauro started the Ultralight Flying Machine Company. His designs include such pioneering ultralights as the Demoiselle, Solar Riser and Easy Riser.

 

Don Mitchell. Don and Richard worked together at Mitchell Aircraft Corporation from 1977 through 1983. Don passed away in 1991 leaving the designs and manufacturing rights for the Mitchell Wing Models B-10, U-2 and the P-38 to Richard.

John Moody. Mr. Moody is widely recognized  as the "father of ultralight". In a foot launched McCulloch 101 powered Icarus II hang glider on July 27, 1976, John was the first to demonstrate ultralight aviation at the annual EAA fly-in convention in Oshkosh, WI. 



Larry Newman. Introduced the Eagle ultralight in 1979 and the Falcon in 1982. An all around pilot, designer and manufacturer.



Chuck Slusarczyk. Designer and builder who came up from hang gliders to powered ultralights. Best known for his original reduction drives. His CGS Hawk provided the first fully enclosed ultralight, first full 3 axis control, first full strut bracing and first wing flaps.

Robert Teman. The designer of the Monofly (seen below), BiFly and Superfly. These were very hardy ultralights.

Ron Wheeler. Designer of the the world's first commercially produced ultra light (Scout Mk1) that spawned a new Australian industry.

 

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