Lowell Farrand, EAA 35370
Lowell “go-to-guy” Farrand’s passion as a homebuilder has led him to accomplish 60 years of flying, and he has recorded more than 5,000 hours of flight time in ultralights and World War II fighters. Lowell, of Ligonier, Indiana, became actively involved with two EAA chapters, 132 in Elkhart and 938 in Nappanee, where he served several years as Young Eagles coordinator. He worked alongside EAA Founder Paul Poberezny and Tony Bingelis to form the EAA Technical Counselor program.
Lowell emerged as an ultralight pioneer in 1968 by co-designing and flying the first powered parachute in the United States, jointly developed with the University of Notre Dame Department of Aerospace. Lowell serves as an EAA technical counselor, EAA flight advisor, and FAA designated airworthiness representative. He received the 2013 Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing those who have impacted EAA members by contributing to their aircraft building and restoring projects.