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.
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.
View Official Rules and Application
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The top five entries will be judged live at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. The judging panel is as follows:
Dick VanGrunsven – Designer of the Van’s RV series of aircraft kits, which are the world’s most popular kit design with more than 9,000 completed aircraft now flying worldwide.
Charlie Precourt – Former NASA astronaut who flew on four space shuttle missions, including twice as shuttle commander. He is currently general manager of Orbital ATK’s Propulsion Systems Division and also chairs EAA’s safety committee.
Rod Machado – Best recognized as a renowned aviation safety speaker, he also has more than 10,000 hours of flight instruction time and is recognized as the voice of Microsoft’s Flight Simulator software.
Dave Morss – One of the country’s preeminent civilian test pilots and air racers, Morss has tested hundreds of aircraft designs and also appeared on the TV series MythBusters as an expert on aircraft design and safety.
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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