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Dan, a retired scientist from the University of Illinois, attended his first EAA convention in 1981 and made his first solo flight in a hang glider in 1982. He has served as a weeklong volunteer in the ultralight area at the EAA Convention for almost 30 years.
In 1986, he completed a plans-built wood and fabric ultralight called the Sky Pup and he published the Sky Pup News builder newsletters. He transitioned to flying weight-shift trikes in 1998 and won the 2002 and 2004 U.S. National Microlight Championships. He competed in World Microlight Championships in England in 2003 and in France 2005 and is one of only three U.S. pilots to have earned a Gold Colibri for cross-country navigation.
He has accumulated 1,500 hours in ultralight and light sport aircraft and currently writes a monthly column for the EAA Experimenter digital magazine.