Jim Pfarr has been named chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) Ultralight and Light Sport Aircraft Council. Pfarr will succeed Mark Soper, who has served as the council chair for the last three years.Pfarr is a U.S. Air Force veteran who has logged over 1,300 hours of navigator time in C-130 and C-141 cargo aircraft in support of nearly every major USAF operation until the late 1990s. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, Pfarr earned a sport pilot certificate and has served as president and vice president of EAA Ultralight Chapter 1 in the Milwaukee area. He was also a Civil Air Patrol Liaison Officer supporting the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol for eight years."Jim's diverse leadership background and avid interest in grassroots flying is a real asset to the Ultralight/Light-Sport Aircraft Council," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programming. "Ultralight and light-sport aircraft flying offer a wonderfully fun, simple, and affordable way to be engaged in flight and the council will help EAA preserve that accessibility, as well as enhance programs and activities that will focus on safety and fun for our members."
The council also assists with preparations and programming for the Fun Fly Zone that features ultralight and other light aircraft during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention each summer.