Lowell Farrand, EAA 35370
Lowell Farrand was a part of the original EAA designee program in the 1960s working alongside of EAA founder Paul Poberezny and award namesake Tony Bingelis. He specializes in homebuilt aircraft and is a safety advocate and innovator for aviation.
In addition to helping others ensure safety in building and flying their aircraft, Farrand has achieved several major accomplishments including co-designing and piloting the first powered parachute in the United States; building and demonstrating some of the nation's first gyroplanes; and serving as an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative since 2004.
Farrand is a member of EAA Chapter 132 in Elkhart, Indiana, and serves as the Young Eagles coordinator. He is also a technical counselor and flight advisor for the chapter. He's made more than 400 test flights in newly built or restored airplanes and has made literally thousands of personal tech counselor visits to provide guidance and direction for numerous projects.
As for his own projects, Farrand has constructed or restored more than 25 aircraft, ranging from ultralights to AT-6 Texans.
Farrand previously received the "Man and Machine" prize from EAA in 1972 for his efforts at Oshkosh. He has been an EAA member since 1967.
Some comments from Farrand's nomination include: "He is aviation personified."... "(Lowell) lives and breathes aviation and he has passed that passion on to us."... "He is one of experimental aviation's most remarkable builders, safety advocates, and innovators."
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2011 Mickey Whittenburg
2010 James Baldwin
2009 Earl Luce
2008 Bob Rockford
2007 Richard Koehler
2006 Jim Miller
2005 Mel Asbury
2004 Alex Sloan
2003 Joe Gauthier