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Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft Vision Award Given to the Electric Aircraft ELEKTRA ONE from PC-Aero
The seventh Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft focuses on the vision for integrated electric power(PresseBox) ( Oshkosh, WI, )
Today at the World Electric Aircraft Symposium at EAA's AirVenture, Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, announced the 2011 AirVenture winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Electric Aircraft.
LEAP's programs recognize, inspire and incentivize the innovation that drives our culture, economy and future. The LEAP Electric Flight Program is accelerating the development of the electric aircraft industry through a range of activities, from prizes to advocacy.
This year LEAP chose to focus on a different aspect of electric aircraft propulsion than past Lindbergh Prizes by awarding a Vision Award. The Award focuses on innovation with a "vision" for integrated electric power for an aircraft and its supporting infrastructure. Having a complete plan for energy management is the key to widespread adoption of electric propulsion.
LEAP is grateful to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for its continuing support of the LEAP Electric Flight Program. The heritage of the collaboration between the Lindbergh and Sikorsky families continues to shape the future of flight.
"Aviation provides a terrific community to foster the great innovators of the future," said Chris Van Buiten, Director, Sikorsky Innovations. "The LEAP organization shares our enthusiasm for exploring exciting and creative solutions that will transform our industry, and we applaud Erik's efforts to raise awareness and educate today's students who are our future engineers, designers and inventors."
EAA Electric Aircraft World Symposium 2011
Calin Gologan presents:
He will bring the vision of Electric Flight to the attenders:
"We need to convince the bright masses of people that this is the future of leisure aviation as bridge for the future commercial one. Our duty is to protect the environment (CO2 zero emission, use much less energy, low noise emission), our interest to save money. If we succeed to combine both in a safe aircraft we have the solution for future."
Green Flight Challenge Goes Live!
NASA and CAFE Make Official Announcement at AirVenture 2009
The NASA Innovative Partnerships Program and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation announced the CAFE Green Flight Challenge (CGFC), a flight efficiency competition for aircraft that can average at least 100 mph on a 200-mile flight while achieving greater than 200 passenger miles-per-gallon. The prize for the aircraft with the best performance will be $1.5 million. This is the largest prize ever offered for a general aviation competition. A $150,000 prize for best score by a bio-fueled aircraft is also offered.
The competition is slated for September 2011 at Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, California. A variety of innovative experimental aircraft that fly with either electricity, solar, bio-fuel or hybrid propulsion are expected to enter. Several major universities and EAA aircraft builders have already expressed their intention to form teams to compete.
LEAP's mission is to stimulate innovation for a resilient future.
LEAP's vision is a world in which people are empowered and engaged, and have the curiosity, creativity and confidence to solve problems in a collaborative way. Inspired by the legacy and determination of Erik's grandfather Charles Lindbergh, the X PRIZE Foundation and pioneers throughout history, LEAP was founded to accelerate a new era in aviation and stimulate the ingenuity of modern innovators. LEAP does this through video showcasing, international events, prize philanthropy and its education nonprofit.
About Sikorsky Innovations
Sikorsky Innovations is the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. It is an agile, networked group of Sikorsky employees and industry teammates dedicated to demonstrating innovative technology solutions to the toughest problems in vertical flight. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
For more information please visit www.LindberghPrize.org; www.pc-aero.de; www.sikorsky.com
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