The 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 involvement.

Jim 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.

Marty Ignazito graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Illinois in 1964, and has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois since 1972.

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 350+ hours.

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 Champaign.

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.