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EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize

Founders Innovation Prize

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.

The 2018 live showdown between the five finalists will take place at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24 at Theater in the Woods, during EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh. This year’s presentation will also feature the United States’ first female Hispanic fighter pilot as emcee, and a panel of highly regarded experts from all facets of aviation as judges.

Stay tuned for details on how to apply for the 2019 Founder’s Innovation Prize competition.


For More Information

If you have specific questions, please send an email to foundersinnovationprize@eaa.org.


View 2017 Winner


The 2017 winners of the Founder's Innovation Prize also appeared on EAA's exclusive aviation podcast The Green Dot. Listen Here!

Watch the 2017 Founder's Innovation Prize Presentation:



EAA Founder’s Innovation Prize

Founders Innovation Prize

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.

The 2018 live showdown between the five finalists will take place at 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 24 at Theater in the Woods, during EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh. This year’s presentation will also feature the United States’ first female Hispanic fighter pilot as emcee, and a panel of highly regarded experts from all facets of aviation as judges.

Stay tuned for details on how to apply for the 2019 Founder’s Innovation Prize competition.


For More Information

If you have specific questions, please send an email to foundersinnovationprize@eaa.org.


View 2017 Winner


The 2017 winners of the Founder's Innovation Prize also appeared on EAA's exclusive aviation podcast The Green Dot. Listen Here!

Watch the 2017 Founder's Innovation Prize Presentation: