DAN JOHNSON has been called “the leading reviewer of recreational aircraft” after writing hundreds of pilot reports.
A 5,500-hour Commercial, Instrument, Multiengine Pilot and former Certified Flight Instructor, Dan’s focus today is on Light-Sport Aircraft, ultralight aircraft, and homebuilt aircraft that Sport Pilots may fly.
He has flown and evaluated nearly 400 aircraft with articles or videos available on ByDanJohnson.com. Numerous print magazines have featured Dan’s articles over many years.
In addition to writing thousands of articles Dan Johnson began work with Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer YouTube channel in 2009 to create a library of videos on Light-Sport Aircraft and other recreational aircraft Sport Pilots may fly. The library is composed of hundreds of videos ranging in length from 5-10 minutes plus a growing number of longer video pilot reports.
Promoting aviation over several decades, he is president of Dan Johnson Media Corp and publisher of ByDanJohnson.com (also known as AffordableAviation.com). Since its launch in April, 2004, ByDanJohnson.com has become increasingly influential in the worldwide Light-Sport Aircraft and recreational flying community.
In a volunteer role, Dan works with other organizations to provide leadership within the Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft sector. He is President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, advocating to government and others on behalf of the light aviation industry. He served for six years as Membership Secretary and remains today on the Light-Sport F.37 Executive Committee for ASTM International. (ASTM has the standards used to gain approval for Light-Sport Aircraft.)
Honored by the light aircraft industry, Dan was presented with the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ Spirit of Flight Award; ASTM’s Outstanding Leadership Award; LAMA’s Outstanding Individual Award; USUA’s Moody Award; and the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Writer Award. In 2017, Dan was inducted into the Rogallo Foundation Hall of Fame for his work in the hang gliding industry.
Previously, Dan hosted and narrated the FAA & EAA video, “First Flights in Your Ultralight / Lightplane.” Two books plus two calendars have exclusively featured his flight reports and he is a frequent speaker at airshows and aviation gatherings.