EAA’s Founder’s Innovation Prize competition aims to reduce the rate of in-flight loss of control accidents in experimental amateur-built aircraft by challenging EAA members to come up with a solution. Submissions range from technology to training and are evaluated based on effectiveness, ease of installation, and cost.
Five finalists are chosen each year to present their solutions in front of a panel of expert judges. The judges then award first-, second-, and third-place winners with prizes of $25,000, $10,000, and $5,000 respectively.
Click the button below to apply to compete in the Founder’s Innovation Prize competition at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019! There is no fee to enter, but the applicant(s) must be an EAA member. Complete rules are available when you download the application.
The 2020 Grand Championship EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize competition
Finalists and honorable mention contestants in the Founder’s Innovation Prize competitions at AirVenture 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 will be eligible to be compete in the 2020 Founder’s Innovation Prize Grand Championship. Each team contestant must include at least one original member of the team that competed in 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.
The 2020 Grand Championship aims to further the progress that has been made by finalists and honorable mentions in the competition in previous years. The goal is to encourage the strongest entries from the first four years to continue to develop their existing ideas into real world loss-of-control solutions.
Aural Angle of Attack Project Wins 2018 Founder’s Innovation Prize
2018 Founder’s Innovation Prize Winner: Aural Angle of Attack MIKE VACCARO, CHRIS JONES, AND CECIL JONES’ PROPOSAL for solving loss of control situations was deemed winner of the 2018 Founder’s Innovation Prize. With the win, their project, titled Enhanced Aural AOA Logic, gets a monetary boost of $25,000. The cash prize, sponsored by Airbus, is to help the team further develop and test the concept and, ideally, make it commercially viable.
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