Homebuilder Pioneer Was 82
It is with heavy hearts
Aero-News learned of the passing of small aircraft design pioneer
and longtime EAA member Ladislao Pazmany, who died 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
dedicationto aviation began with his first model plane at age five.
By age 15, he was flying gliders. His family moved to San Diego, CA
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
activities throughout most of his life.
Pazmany was inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall Of Fame in
Pazmany, who also worked at McDonnell Douglas, was an engineer,
designer, teacher and pilot. He devoted his spare time to his
firstlove, 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 3/4 scale version of the German Fieseler Storch warbird that
first flew in 1997 (below).
In the 1970s, Paz also 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 evaluationof homebuilt performance. Paz remained active
in his last years of failing health despite therigors of
Shortly before passing, he remarked -- ignoring his adversity --
"Life has many good things."
Indeed, it does... but Ladislao Pazmany has now gone west, where
his designs and aircraft will fly higher than even he could have