Mary Jones, EAA 224626
Prior to Mary Jones retiring from EAA, one only had to pick up a copy of any of EAA’s publications to become acquainted with her. Through her passion, support, and leadership, Mary has promoted ultralights and light airplanes for decades. She pushed for a solution to the so-called “fat ultralights” issue through the years of FAA Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) negotiations, and wrote to clarify the sport pilot regulations.
In the course of her work, Mary enjoyed flights in several ultralight-like aircraft, including fixed-wings, weight-shift trikes, and powered parachutes. She has promoted ultralights through many avenues, including her articles, editorials, photos, presentations, and presence at local, state, and national fly-ins and safety seminars. In 2009, Mary received the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association’s President’s Award for Outstanding Individual in recognition of her service to the ultralight and light plane community. Through the years, she petitioned for continued support for ultralights through the many changes in leadership at EAA. Mary is well-known and respected for her professionalism. She has been a true advocate for the ultralight community for decades.