Aviation Pioneer, Ladislao Pazmany, Passes Away
Ladislao Pazmany (1924 - 2006)
August 23, 2006 — Small aircraft design pioneer and longtime EAA member Ladislao Pazmany, EAA 2431, passed away on August 21 at the age of 82. Known affectionately as "Paz" to his EAA friends and business associates, his work and reputation as an aeronautical engineer stretched across continents and touched people in every level of aviation, from government officials to young amateur pilots.
Born in Hungary and raised in Argentina, Pazmany's lifelong dedication to aviation began with his first model plane at age five. By age 15, he was flying gliders. His family moved to San Diego, California, in May 1956 when he went to work for Convair. A month later he attended his first EAA Chapter 14 meeting and was involved in EAA activity throughout most of his life. Pazmany was inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall Of Fame in 1997.
Pazmany, who also worked at McDonnell Douglas, was an engineer, designer, teacher and pilot. He devoted his spare time to his first love, personal aircraft. He designed the PL-1, which flew for the first time on March 23, 1962, through the PL-4 and PL-9, a three-fourths scale version of the German Fieseler Storch warbird that first flew in 1997. In the 1970s he designed the "Cloudster" powered glider for aviation legend, T. Claude Ryan.
Pazmany's books, "Light Airplane Design" and "Landing Gear Design For Light Aircraft" are considered staples for aircraft designers. For several years, Pazmany conducted the Pazmany Efficiency Contest at EAA's annual convention and fly-in at Oshkosh, a real-world evaluation of homebuilt performance.
Paz remained active in his last years of failing health despite the rigors of Parkinson's disease. Shortly before passing, he remarked, ignoring his adversity, "Life has many good things."
No public services will be held.