July 11, 2013 - Lowell Farrand, EAA 35370, of Ligonier, Indiana, has been selected as this year's EAA Tony Bingelis Award recipient in recognition of his dedication and involvement in the homebuilt aviation community. He will be honored Thursday, August 1, at the annual Homebuilders Dinner during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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."
The annual Homebuilders Dinner will be held in the in the Nature Center Pavilion. Tickets for the dinner must be purchased in advance and will be available at Homebuilders Headquarters, located on the flightline just south of Warbirds Alley.
The Tony Bingelis Award was created in 2002 to recognize a member from the aviation community who has contributed to homebuilt projects and safety promotion, while maintaining EAA values. The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, who was a legendary homebuilding authority and a columnist for Sport Aviation magazine.