PowerChute Education Foundation is honored to
have the following people as members of its Advisory
Board. Their depth of experience and knowledge,
as well as their commitment to sharing this knowledge
with the PPC community, is a goal to which we
should all aspire. We thank them for their selfless
Leon has been involved in powered parachuting
since 1986, and is an Ultralight Flight Instructor
Examiner both in powered parachutes and fixed
wing ultralights. Additionally, Jim is a Master
Flight Instructor with the National Association
of Flight Instructors and a FAA Safety Counselor.
Jim is also a Flight Adviser and Technical Counselor
with the EAA, and has written a book about flying
powered parachutes. He's also on the powered parachute
committee for the new Sport Pilot Standards.
Jim owns "The Ultralight Place," which
is located at Greater Kankakee Airport in Kankakee,
Illinois. There, Jim and his associates have an
authorized Rotax repair station and a flight training
school. They train at least 50 pilots a year either
in powered parachutes or fixed wing ultralights.
A published author, Jim has written articles for
the Mentor, Flying Magazine and Ultraflight Magazine.
A firm believer of teaching and instructing "safety
first," Jim won't release a student until
they are 100% ready to be on their own.
Jim also retrofits powered parachutes with dual
controls, air steering, single stick control,
custom instrument panels and radiator Louvre's
which he designed in 1988.
Ignazito graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from
the University of Illinois in 1964, and has been
a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois since
Marty has had a Private Pilot Single Engine Land
rating since 1965, and attained his BFI in Powered
Parawing in 2000. His total flight experience is
He's practiced engineering or related work since
1960, when his career began as an engineering draftsman.
Job experiences include manufacturing of juke boxes,
automotive rubber goods, jet engines, design of
building systems including HVAC, plumbing and electrical.
For 9 years Marty was in full-time private practice
as a consulting engineer. His last employment was
as Chief Mechanical Engineer for Operations and
Maintenance at the University of Illinois at Urbana
Marty also served on the ASTM committee for Light
Sport Aircraft, Powered Parachute subcommittee.
He's currently constructing a custom Paraski "Superfox"
for registration as an Experimental Amatuer Built
Light Sport Aircraft under the new Sport Pilot regulations.