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Jack Harper soloed at the age of 14 in a J-3 Cub. Later he graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. An A&P mechanic, he’s an instrument-rated pilot holding a Commercial Multi-Engine FAA certificate. He’s logged more than 4,500 hours of flight time by 2005.
 

Jack had a builder’s background before he started to manufacture the Lil’ Breezy kits. In the 1970s he and his father built a Bede BD-5. Since that project, Jack has built a Hatz Biplane and a Skybolt Biplane plus a Wittman Tailwind and an RV-8. Not content simply to build kits, he also restored a J-3 Cub, an Aeronca Champ and a Starduster Too Biplane.
All that work generated a desire to design an airplane from scratch. He first designed on paper, with drawings of shapes that interested him. He decided to bring some of the drawings to life and built the first Lil’ Breezy model and started improving on it after many hours of flying prototypes. The first planes were single-seaters and used a rear-mounted engine. Later, he went to a front engine and then back to what he calls “the superior rear-mounted engine.”
 
With the success of a Part 103 the first planes were true ultralights, but with the passing of the FAA Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft rule, it opened up a whole new set of possibilities. The later Lil’ Breezy “B” model had two seats, convertible to a single-seater (with great performance) if desired.
 
 
 
 


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