Homer Kolb Passes
Ultralight and light plane pioneer contributed much to EAA/industry
July 14, 2009 — EAA extends its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Homer Kolb, EAA 378, who passed away on Sunday morning, July 12, following recent heart surgery.
Kolb, 78, was the designer of the Kolb line of ultralight and light-sport aircraft. He attended EAA fly-ins beginning with some of the first fly-ins in Rockford, Illinois. He brought his first aircraft, an ultralight called the Kolb Flyer, to EAA Oshkosh 1980. (That aircraft is pictured on page 41 of the October 1980 issue of Sport Aviation in EAA’s online archives at www.EAA.org.)
Kolb had been designing and building light airplanes since 1962, long before the term became fashionable. His first commercially available design, the Kolb UltraStar, was introduced in 1983 and quickly became a popular design because its fuselage frame was constructed of 4130 chromoly tubing. Other designs he created include the Kolb TwinStar, the Kolb Flyer, the Kolb Mark III, and more.
In 1988, he was awarded the August Raspet Memorial Award recognizing his innovative contributions to the advancement of light aircraft design. In 1999, he was inducted into the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame and recognized for his contributions to the ultralight and light plane field.
A true gentleman, Homer was greatly respected within the industry. EAA extends special condolences to his wife, Clara. If you would like to write a remembrance of Homer, visit Gone West Online.