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Grunloh, Severen Join EAA Ultralight & Light-Sport Aircraft Council


Scott Severen Dan Grunloh
Scott Severen Dan Grunloh

December 19, 2012 - EAA welcomes two new members to the EAA Ultralight & Light-Sport Aircraft Council, Dan Grunloh, EAA 173888, of Loda, Illinois, and Scott Severen, EAA 181476, of Oak Point, Texas.

Grunloh, 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 AirVenture for close to 30 years. In 1986 he completed a plansbuilt Sky Pup wood-and-fabric ultralight and began publishing the Sky Pup News builder newsletter.

After transitioning to weight-shift trikes in 1998, Grunloh won the 2002 and 2004 U.S. National Microlight Championships. He also flew in the 2003 (England) and 2005 (France) World Microlight Championships and became one of only three U.S. pilots to earn a Gold Colibri for cross-country navigation.

Grunloh has logged 1,500 hours in ultralights and LSA and currently writes a monthly column for EAA's Experimenter online magazine.

Severen began flying hang gliders in 1973. He founded the Lone Star Airpark and has served as president of several organizations including the Airpark Owners and Operators Association (AOOA), Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA), TEAM Aircraft, and the United States Ultralight Association (USUA). Severen was also a USUA director.

He was a charter member of the FAA aviation rulemaking advisory committee that created the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft regulations. Severen also is a member of ASTM International Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft (F37.20) and has more than 2,000 hours in powered and non-powered GA and LSA air vehicles. Severen was a key player in the evolution and certification of the Thorpedo S-LSA, and served as an LSA flight conformance and test pilot.

Severen is a past USUA Advanced Flight Instructor Examiner and seminar presenter. He currently works at US Aviation as director of business development, and lives with his family near Dallas, Texas.


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