Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has always been known for its aviation enthusiasts. Now, the Prescott campus boasts Professor Sean Jeralds as someone who has unequivocally proved it. Jeralds has built a Breezy.
The RLU-1 Breezy was built in 1964 by Charley Roloff, Carl Unger, and Bob Liposky. It took off at the 1965 EAA Fly-In airshow in Rockford, Illinois. It became popular for families to take rides in the quirky aircraft.
The biggest eye-catching feature of the Breezy is the open cockpit. All of the occupants are open to the elements on the ground and in the air. It fixes the problem of fighting for the window seat because every seat is a window seat.
Jeralds built his with the help of men who had already built Breezies. It is in the experimental category of aircraft. This requires it to be registered with the FAA and a licensed pilot must fly it. Jeralds proudly showed off his bright yellow Breezy. It was completed in November. It is kept at a hangar by Love Field. It was built hundreds of miles away, and the weather finally cleared for Jeralds to bring it home last month.
Jeralds built the plane to share his love of aviation with ERAU students. “I built it to share the passion of flying. There’s nothing like it. There is nothing to compare…flying a Breezy.” Other people have tried to explain flying a Breezy, Jeralds said. The most outrageous example is comparing it to sitting in a chair at the top of a 40-foot pole in the middle of a hurricane.
He is very enthusiastic about the Breezy and welcomes questions. He also invites any and every person to take a ride in it. “That’s why I built it, I want to give people rides in it,” Jeralds explained. Jeralds has an office on the second floor of Academic Complex 1 and will be happy to talk to anyone about his experimental aircraft.