A CONTEST TO SHOWCASE the accomplishments and viability of
electric-powered flight will be held during EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh 2011, and applications are now being accepted. Cash
prizes totaling $60,000 will be awarded. The prizes and support
for the competition comes from Wicks Aircraft Supply, Dynon
Avionics, Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, and AeroLEDs.
Three flight competitions will be held, along with an
electric aircraft innovation evaluation, to determine prize
recipients. The first competition, scheduled for Tuesday, July
26, will test endurance to determine which aircraft can stay
aloft for the longest period of time. Next, each aircraft will
enter the time-to-climb competition scheduled for Wednesday,
July 27. Performance will be tracked using Dynon measuring
equipment. The third and final competition, on Thursday, July
28, will test the maximum speed of each aircraft.
The innovation evaluation will be conducted by
representatives of the four companies contributing to
the prize. They will reach a consensus on the top three
developments in electric flight based on battery, motor,
controller, and airframe advancements.
Each activity will be scored and plaques will be awarded
to the aircraft placing first, second, or third in each category.
The first-place winners in endurance, time to climb, maximum
speed, and innovation will receive $10,000. The overall winner,
based on the highest cumulative score, will receive $20,000.
The competitions are open to anyone with an electric-powered aircraft that has flown at least 40 hours and has an
airworthiness certificate. An Initial Application Form, along with
the official rules, is available at
Completed applications can be e-mailed to
EAA AirVenture 2011 will also host the second annual World
Symposium on Electric Aircraft, featuring several influential
industry leaders discussing electric propulsion aircraft in an
open forum, offering what they envision in the future for this
rapidly growing flight segment that is attracting the attention of
scientists, engineers, manufacturers, and investors.
NIGHT AIR SHOW FEATURES
ONE AIRVENTURE ATTRACTION not to miss is the
Night Air Show featuring the Daher-Socata
fireworks and the Wall of Fire, set for Saturday
night, July 30. Many of the world’s top air show
performers, like the AeroShell Aerobatic Team
(T-6s), Bob Carlton ( jet sailplane), Gene Soucy
(Showcat), and Matt Younkin (Twin Beech),
along with Steve Oliver (Chipmunk), are
scheduled to perform their signature maneuvers
choreographed to pyrotechnics and music.
Start time is approximately 8: 45 p.m.,
with fireworks sponsored by Daher-Socata
to follow at 9: 30 p.m. Following the night air
show, performers will be available for a meet-and-greet alongside their aircraft. Additional
activities surrounding the night air show will be
FIRST-TIME AIRCRAFT builders Brady Lane,
EAA 808095, and Caleb Ihrig, EAA 1036996,
are building a four-place Bearhawk from
plans, which is a challenge in itself. But
they’ve also installed a webcam in the
workshop, allowing anyone with an Internet
connection to watch.
Caleb, an engineer, and Brady, a multimedia
journalist for EAA (of Earning My Wings
fame), invite the world to watch them build an
airplane through their Dream. Build. Fly. blog.
Weekly build sessions are streamed live from
Caleb’s basement most Tuesdays at 6: 30 p.m.
Central time, at
Log on to watch and hear as the
“Bearhawk Boys” make continual progress on
their scratchbuilt airplane.