Dan Johnson has dedicated his life to promoting and preserving light recreational aviation, starting out as a hang glider pilot in the hills of Tennessee. He then started Whole Air magazine, supporting the hang gliding community. After discontinuing that magazine in 1986, Dan went on to write for numerous aviation publications, including EAA’s own Experimenter, Sport Pilot, and Sport Aviation magazines. His career path took him to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he worked for Ballistic Recovery Systems, joining with founder and fellow Ultralights Hall of Fame inductee Boris Popov to help develop and promote ballistic recovery chutes for ultralights to improve the safety of the sport. Dan currently publishes the ByDanJohnson.com website, now in its 17th year, covering ultralights and light-sport aircraft for readers in all 50 states and nearly every country. He has been president and chairman of the board of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association since 2006, and actively advocates to the FAA on behalf of ultralight and light-sport pilots.
Dan has won multiple awards over the years, including the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ Spirit of Flight Award, which is presented annually to an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight testing. He lives with his wife, Randee Laskewitz, EAA 795961, near Daytona Beach, Florida, at Spruce Creek Fly-In (7FL6), the world’s largest private residential airpark.
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