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Founder’s Innovation Prize Finalists Announced
July 14, 2016 - After more than 140 EAA members answered the call of the inaugural Founder’s Innovation Prize for innovative solutions to loss-of-control in-flight, EAA’s esteemed panel of judges have chosen the five finalists to be considered for the $25,000 grand prize. The final five contestants are as follows:
Henry Burrow, EAA #83804
Clover, South Carolina
Ihab Awad, EAA #1161540
San Jose, California
Andrew Skow, EAA #1196198
“Energy State Awareness Display”
Chris Moody, EAA #227900
“Virtual Reality In-Aircraft Platform”
Grant Sprunger, EAA #783259
The five finalists will face former space shuttle commander Charlie Precourt, aerobatic champion Michael Goulian, famed flight training expert Rod Machado, renowned civilian test pilot Dave Morss, and Van’s Aircraft founder and chief designer Dick “Van” VanGrunsven at AirVenture. They will have to convince the judges that their idea has the effectiveness, ease of installation or implementation, low cost, and wide applicability necessary to help solve fatal loss-of-control accidents. Second and third place will also receive cash prizes of $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.
The Final Five showdown, presented by Airbus Group, is at Theater in the Woods on Tuesday, July 26 at 8 p.m. Come see who will be chosen as the first winner of EAA’s Founder’s Innovation Prize!