Introducing the Founder’s Innovation Prize presented by Airbus Group! The goal of the prize is to keep the spirit of innovation alive in the EAA community and leverage its creativity toward solving specific challenges facing the general aviation community. The top finishers will receive a cash grant toward developing their product and prominent exposure at AirVenture.
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The 2016 Challenge
The 2016 EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize is a contest to solve the problem of fatal loss of control accidents in amateur-built aircraft through innovation. The contest is intentionally open-ended, with the only stated goal to reduce fatalities from this type of accident in amateur-built aircraft dramatically over the next decade - 25% in the next five years, 50% in the next ten.
Individuals and teams of EAA members (membership is required) can sign up for the contest using the entry form below. Full contest rules are also attached. Initial applications will be accepted through June 1st, 2016 and final submission of all materials for consideration are due July 1st.
Goals and Criteria
Loss of control (LOC) in flight is the leading cause of fatal accidents in general aviation, particularly in amateur-built aircraft. Fatal LOC events include base-to-final stalls, departure stalls, loss of control while maneuvering, spatial disorientation, and more. The 2016 contest seeks ways to solve this problem. The solution could be technical in nature or otherwise.
The judging criteria include:
-Cost to implement
-Ease of Installation
-Wide Applicability to the GA Fleet (with a focus on amateur-built aircraft)
-Effectiveness in mitigating the problem
The winning individual or team will receive a prize of $25,000, with $10,000 awarded for second place, and $5,000 for third. The five finalists will also be featured in EAA media leading up to the final award.
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