Friday, March 26, 2010

Meanwhile, Back At the Electric Ranch...

The Creative Solutions Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization, founded by Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles "Lucky Lindy" Lindbergh, that just announced his creation of the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Prize (LEAP).
In stirring language as quoted to AOPA's Alton K. Marsh, Lindbergh says, "We are literally teaching the next generation to imagine and create their future."
The idea, as we've seen in the past with similar contests such as the Orteig Prize (1st Atlantic crossing won by Lindbergh) Kremer Prize (human powered flight - Gossamer Condor), and the X-Prize (1st private suborbital space flight), is to "promote the practical development of electric aircraft by recognizing specific advances in this emerging cleantech (sic) industry."
Prizes will be awarded for:
Best Electric Aircraft:  keyword in this category is practical, and it can be an Experimental, LSA or Certified aircraft.
Best Electric Aircraft Sub-System: component systems that advance the field of electric aircraft
Best Electric Aircraft Component Technology:  Individual components such as batteries, motors, power electronics etc.
Public Choice Award: We get to vote on our favorite, flying or not, "practical or not"!
The winners in each category will be announced at Oshkosh's EAA Airventure this summer.
Anybody want to take early odds on the Yuneec e430, already a design award winner?
Or the ElectraFlyer X, shown at right?
---images courtesy CSA and ElectraFlyer

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